DIY: Ombre Cork Heart

DIY Ombre Cork Heart

When I first met Chriselle (from our fun Down the Aisle with Chriselle series!) she shared that her fiancé and she both love wine. Since I love seeing a couple’s interests being incorporated into design elements, I began brainstorming fun ideas that would incorporate their love of wine into their wedding day and came up with this cute idea. Perfect to place on your guest table, drink table or dessert table. And one of the raddest things about this DIY is you can keep it after the wedding and hang in your home – a fun reminder from your wedding and all the glasses (or bottles :) of wine you two enjoyed together!

Here’s how we made it:

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Materials

• wood board (ours is 24″x 24″ purchased from Home Depot – and it was already precut!)
• acrylic paint – you’ll need your accent color (red for us), white, and the background color (gray for us)
• vinyl decals (ours are 4″ tall letters)
• corks – we used around 100 corks for ours (tip – ask friends and family to save corks for you!)
• paint tray with space for at least 6 colors
• foam brushes
• spray paint (not shown above, but needed for the colors of the letters)
• glue gun

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step One

Step One: Evenly divide your corks into as many groups as colors of paint you’ll be using. This will help to ensure that you have a nice, even gradient on your final product. For us, we used 6 shades of pink, so we grouped all our corks into 6 equal groups.

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 2

Step Two: Mix your accent color (red for us) with white to create 6 shades ranging from deep and dark to quite light. We kept mixing until we got 6 shades of pink that we loved.

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 3

Step Three: With the foam brush, paint the top of the corks, but be sure to not get any paint on the sides of the corks. Since you already created groups in Step 1, you should have about the same number corks for each color.

Leave your corks alone as they dry and move on to Step 4.

DIY Ombre Corks

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 4

Step Four: While the corks are drying, it’s time to spray paint your board with the color that you’ve selected for your letters.  You’ll want to give the board two coats of paint to make sure your letters really pop against the background color.  We chose to use a metallic copper color for our letters!

Important: Please remember that the first coat of paint on the board is for your letters, so that’s the color they will appear.  We don’t want anyone to get confused and apply the background color first.

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 5

Step Five: Once your letter color is completely dry, place the letters on the board. We picked the phrase “Forever is Today” but you could use any phrase you’d like or even your names and wedding date –  “Jen + Jason 12.12.12.” We used a t-square to make sure our words were straight and centered. Once they are, stick the vinyl stickers to the board.

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 6

Step Six: Now you are going to paint over the entire board – yep, right over the letters. This will be your background color. We used gray, since we wanted a good color for our heart to pop against.

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 7

Step Seven: Once the background paint is dry comes the fun part. Peel off each letter to reveal the color you spray painted – so for us, the pretty gold metallic color!

DIY Ombre Cork Heart Step 8

Step Eight: Rather than using a new piece of paper, we used an old paper bag from the grocery store, drew a heart and cut it out.

Tip: Before tracing you’re heart to the board, you want to perform a dry run and place all of your corks in advance to make sure you have enough to cover the entire heart. If you don’t have enough, either drink more wine :) or trim the size of your heart to reduce the number of corks you’ll need to fill it.

Once your heart is the right size for the number of corks you have, trace it with a pencil.  Be sure to center the hear, as you’ll use the outline to place your corks.

Just to make sure we liked the look, we did a second dry run and placed our corks on the board inside our traced heart. Once we decided we liked the look, we glued them all down using a glue gun.

Once you’ve glued them all….enjoy a coffee or remaining glass of wine while they dry.  And that’s it! Once corks have dried in place, you’re set. :)

DIY Ombre Cork Heart

DIY Ombre Cork Heart

DIY Ombre Cork Heart

DIY Ombre Cork Heart

Such a fun + pretty detail to add for your wedding – or even your home! We have this one hanging in our kitchen right now :)

Thanks to Katherine Elizabeth for the photos for the DIY!