Wine cork dart board

What do 500 wine corks, a piece of art and a dartboard have in common? Let me show you! As part of my basement “bar” area, I have a perfect spot for a dartboard. Fortunately, in cleaning out our basement before our renovation, I found a new dartboard wrapped in Christmas paper. {Who knows who that was intended for?! I promise I didn’t purposefully hold back a Christmas present.} Anyway, I saved it thinking it would probably come in handy for our renovated space.

dart board before

I also had this framed art sitting in my basement. It used to be in my living room on the fireplace mantle. I was tired of the actual art, but I realized the frame was the perfect size (33″x45″) and matched the wood and coloring of the stools around the bar. I decided to repurpose it into a dartboard using old wine corks. I knew it would take me years to collect enough wine corks to cover the picture {and of course I wanted the project done now}, so I happened upon a woman selling a collection of more than 500 used wine corks on Etsy for $10.99. Perfect! When the box arrived a few days later, I was ecstatic. I loved that they were all different brands and some even had the discoloration on them from red wine.

wine corks

I gathered my supplies:

command strips on dart boardI attached the Command Strips to the back of the dartboard. Since the battery compartment is located on the back, I will eventually need to remove the dartboard when the batteries need to be replaced.

 

I then set up my pattern I wanted for the wine corks: two vertical, two horizontal, two vertical, two horizontal. Using a hot glue gun, I then glued them down on the canvas.

putting together dart board

hot glue corks

This was quite time consuming and took several days, since I didn’t have a lot of uninterrupted time. I had to cut some of the corks to work around the circle of the dartboard itself. I even created a little ledge with the corks on the bottom row as a place to hold the darts when they’re not being used. In total, I ended up using 491 wine corks for this project! The best part about using wine corks? Now if anyone {including me!} misses the dartboard, hopefully we’ll hit a cork rather than put a dent in the wall!

completed dart board

I absolutely love the finished project! My husband just hung this up for me yesterday. {Thanks, hon!} He had to move the picture hangers on the back of the frame to accommodate the change in direction (from horizontal to vertical). He decided to place it on the wall where two studs were located, as the finished piece is fairly heavy and there will be a lot of movement with people taking darts off the board. Rules say the dartboard should be exactly 5 feet, 8 inches off the floor and the throw line set at 7 feet, 9-1/4 inches.

finished dart board on wall

playing darts

It was fun to create something new using items I already had, which made this a very inexpensive project. I think I hit a bull’s-eye on this one, don’t you agree? Game on!

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6 Comments on Wine cork dart board

  1. Ashley Hannan
    August 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Has the corks held up with the hot melt glue well enough now it’s been 6 months? I’m curious because I have experienced some products not staying together with hot melt glue after repetitive hitting and time. Thanks!

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    • Julee
      September 1, 2015 at 9:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Ashley, I have had to redo some of them, so yes, wondering if I should use a different type of glue. Thankfully, most have stayed intact. Have you tried anything else that works better?

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  2. Shelley
    March 3, 2015 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

    I love it!!! You have the best ideas!! Thanks for sharing your projects!!!

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    • Julee
      March 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Ah, you’re so sweet, Shelley! Glad you like them!

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  3. Kim
    March 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s awesome! Great idea!

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    • Julee
      March 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Kim! Now you have to come over and play! 🙂

      Reply

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