You’ve probably seen a million of these cork balls on the Internet — my post will be different from the others only in the lessons I learned along the way. Saving the corks was the easy part! I also bought a green Styrofoam ball (probably 6″ in diameter). I used brown craft paint to cover the Styrofoam. I only used one coat — it wasn’t a great job — but my intent was to eliminate some of the green from the original ball’s color. Mission accomplished.
I then started gluing the corks onto the ball using E6000 glue. CRAP ALERT: No luck — E6000 is not the right glue for the job. I then tried my hot glue gun. I spread a small area with the hot glue and quickly worked so the corks could cover the glue before it cooled.
This technique worked fine, as long as I balanced moving quickly with holding the cork long enough for it to stay upright. Sometimes I had floppers and had to re-glue.
I tried to make sure all the wine-colored corks were interspersed with the corks that weren’t stained. Dozens and dozens of corks later, I finally had a finished ball.
It looks good as a shelf accent, doesn’t it?