First, drink LOTS of wine!
Collect corks. I bought these at a flea market. I guess they belonged to Cork! Apparently Cork liked bad coffee... But I digress...
You will need a large cardboard square. I cut this one from a shipping box. The larger the square, the larger the wreath you can make.
Next, at the approximate center of the square- yea, you can get all technical about it and measure... but I just eyeballed it... stick in a push pin with string tied to it.
Tie the other end to a pen. Sorry about the blurry photo... musta been all that wine!
This forms sort of a giant compass that you can use to make the circle which will be the outter edge of the wreath. Pretty neat, huh?! Musta been all that wine!
For the inner edge, I traced around a hat box lid. A large round tray or plate would work too. Or use the pen/string/compass trick with the string shortened.
Here's what you're aiming for: a giant donut shape. Again, the size is up to you and it doesn't have to be a perfect circle.
Cut along the outter edge with scissors. Or 'a scissor' if you want to be all grammatical about it.
The inner edge is best cut with an Xacto knife. Be careful. Best to forgo the wine and the coffee for this step!.
This is what you are aiming for. Not an exact circle, but that's ok!
Start by gluing the corks without red ends around part of the inner edge with the glue gun.
Next add the corks with red wine stained ends. These resemble holly berries!
Work in small adjacent patches. Do not do the whole inner or outter edge, as doing so will make the project hard to handle, and will result in a too orderly placement of the corks.
Keep glueing and adding plain and red tipped corks as you work around the cardboard. I like to cluster the red tipped ones toward the middle and place only plain colored ones at both edges as shown.
As you complete the glueing, and come back to where you began, you'll have to work the corks in a bit to make them fit. You may even have to cut some or whittle them down with the Xacto knife.
Add a bow to cover this area (I made my bow out of vintage atlas paper) but any bow will do!
Hang one or two and enjoy how they look. Celebrate a job well done (with a glass of wine of course!) Cheers!