DIY Wine Cork Backsplash

I have the best sister and dad a girl could ask for!  When my sister began this project last fall, she knew I would want to blog about it, so she took pictures of every step!  Wine lovers unite because you are going to need to drink lots of it to create this awesome DIY Wine Cork Backsplash!  Jennifer enlisted the help of all of her friends and some local wine stores/restaurants over the past year and they collected over 800 corks to pull this off!

DIY Wine Cork Backsplash via #DIY #winecork #kitchen

Wanna make your own Wine Cork Backsplash?

Here’s what you need:

Lots and lots of wine corks

Scroll saw

1/4 inch Plywood

Utility knife

Stud finder {Keep the jokes to yourselves, ladies!  LOL}

Plastic outlet extenders

1 quart of contact cement

Finishing nails

 3-4 cans of Clear spray sealant

Clear caulk

Prepping for your Wine Cork Backsplash

Warning – math ahead!!  Dad came up with a formula to calculate out how many corks you need.  He laid out a small section of their pattern on a piece of plywood and measured how many cork halves per square inch it covered.  Then he took that number and multiplied it by the amount of square inches to fill.  Set up your equation like this with “X” being the total number of cork halves for the project:


Begin by cutting your wine corks in half vertically with a scroll saw.  {Yes – all 800.  Jennifer has a small kitchen so if your kitchen is larger, you will need to drink more wine!}  Keep cutting and throwing the halved corks into a large cardboard box.


Next you will want to measure the wall and cut the plywood.  Dad and Jennifer made sure to mark where the studs were on the wall and the plywood.  Cut the plywood to size and set in place to make sure it fits.  These are your templates.  At this point you do NOT need to secure to the wall.  This is just a dry run.  {Pardon the pun.}


Be sure to cut the holes for your outlets.  Turn off the electricity to the kitchen outlets and remove your outlet covers first!


Building your Wine Cork Backsplash

Warning:  Contact cement is highly flammable.  Extinguish any pilot lights prior to using!  As always, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.

Using your plywood templates as a guide, start adhering your wine corks using the contact cement.  Begin by applying the contact cement to a small section of the plywood.  Allow to dry completely!  While the contact cement is drying on the plywood, start painting the flat side of the wine corks with the contact cement.  Allow the wine corks to dry completely!

{The key to working with contact cement is applying to both surfaces and allowing to dry completely to guarantee the best adhesion.}

Once both surfaces are dry, begin placing the wine corks on the plywood in the pattern of your choosing.  Dad and Jennifer chose to do this awesome basketweave pattern!  Simply press down on the corks as you apply them to activate the adhesive.


Repeat this process over and over again on each of your plywood templates…LOL

For the exposed edges of the backsplash, you will need to “notch” the wine corks to hide the plywood surface {around the window and at the end of the cabinetry.}  To notch the wine corks, they used a utility knife and carefully carved out the area.



Finishing your Wine Cork Backsplash

Before you hang the templates, you need to seal the Wine Cork Backsplash.  Grab those cans of clear spray sealant, open the windows and get the kids out of the house.

Public service announcement:  The pulmonary nurse practitioner in me wants to remind you to WEAR A FACE MASK when using the spray sealant!

Start spraying.  Dad said he sprayed it in every direction – up, down, side to side and diagonally.  Allow to dry completely between each coat.

Now that your wine corks are in place and sealed, it’s time to hang the plywood and wine cork templates onto the wall.  Using your finishing nails, carefully nail into the studs {between the wine corks}.  Dad said he used two nails in each stud – separated vertically by 8 inches {except on the small area over the sink he only used one nail in each stud.}


Example of where you will use the notched wine corks.

Example of where you will use the notched wine corks.

After hanging the cork, add the plastic extenders otherwise they will be recessed in the backsplash and the outlet covers won’t fit!

Finally, caulk along the edge between the Wine Cork Backsplash and the counter to prevent water damage.

DIY Wine Cork Backsplash via #DIY #winecork #kitchen

How cool is that?  The great part is that if you get sick of it, you can easily remove it from the wall since it’s not applied directly to the dry wall!  My dad is a genius!  It looks very authentic with the stained wine corks.  I love how it turned out!

DIY Wine Cork Backsplash via #DIY #winecork #kitchen

DIY Wine Cork Backsplash via #DIY #winecork #kitchen

Are you drinking that wine yet?  Give me a call!  I’d love to help!  {wink wink}




    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      It could be done! You would just have to drape your cabinets and counter before applying the sealer. =)

  1. says

    Oh my goodness! That is one awesome backsplash! You do have some awesome family members. I’m pinning this and hope to give it a whirl in some fashion one of these days. (I may or may not recognize a few of those names on the corks, but lets just say that I have been getting ready for a project like this for some time!)

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      I wish I could take credit for it, but my dad and sister did it. But I’ll take talented in regards to writing the post! 😉

  2. says

    This is brilliant and beautiful. I am blown away! I have a huge jar of wine corks and I’m wondering if it’s enough to do my kitchen. I may have to up my wine drinking 😉

  3. says

    Wow, we have a ton of wine corks, have done small projects, but your back splash is fantastic. Drinking wine pays off!!! Following on pinterest glad to have found you. Hope to see you visit and follow too.

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      Well, we’d have to go to my sister’s because that’s her kitchen. LOL But I’m still ready to drink!

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      Fun, Becca! Check with some local bars and restaurants – have them start saving for you!

  4. says

    Love this as a backsplash!! A local restaurant did a wall like this, but a backsplash is even more awesome!! By the way, gotta love family members who understand the importance of blogging in our lives. :)

  5. says

    Wow! This is so cool. I have other things from corks but never a backsplash. Love it so much!! Saw this on the Live Laugh Rowe Linky party and had to come check it out! Really awesome!

  6. Cherryl says

    I think this is my most favorite DYI project I have seen and I have seen and done a ton. Very nice, great job! : )

  7. Theresa says

    Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve been saving wine corks for the last several years thinking I’d do a cork mosaic. After seeing your sister’s project, I really do think it looks awesome. Hats off to your dad….he reminds me of my own…..

  8. Jeannie Eitelgeorge says

    I’m curious how these corks have held up over time. Any fading? Since corks tend to dry out, I’m wondering it they will still look as good in 5 – years. I assume the sealant helps them keep their color?

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says

      1.5 years later and my sister says they are still all in tact! She and my dad sealed it very well. She simply wipes it down if anything splashes it. So far, so good!

  9. Karen says

    Thanks for this blog. We just completed ours this weekend and your tips were spot on and it came out great! We are using it over a desk, so we did not seal it.


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