Early on in wedding planning I found this photo on engageology (aka Kenziegirl).
I loved the idea of using “found” elements and reusing items. I thought it would be great how personal and handmade these could look. Little did I realize that most people BUY these corks like that. I thought that whoever made them just really liked that one type of wine…
Many people began collecting corks for us and at first I thought synthetic corks would be better for this project. As it turns out, the real corks are much easier to sand down and to play around with.
We thought an X-Acto knife would do the trick of cutting the slit in the top, but the slits turned out to be too thin. So my dad (who is a carpenter) whipped out a vice and his backsaw. This worked, but it wasn’t fast enough for him (imagine ‘Tim the Tool Man Taylor’ from Home Improvement).
So he borrowed my neighbor’s scroll saw…
I think if you’re not related to my dad, then the backsaw would work just fine. The other tool we used was 60 grit sandpaper to flatten the bottoms.
Here is the finished product sans the actual place cards:
Did you enlist your dad for any wedding project help?