I have asked my friends and relatives to save the corks from their wine bottles over the holidays and then hand them over to me so i can take over some DIY projects at home. I was feeling creative today and took out the collected corks to create a heart shaped bulletin board when i decided that i want a BIGGER heart and MORE CORKS! Either way, i went online and started researching what other fun things you can create with the top of the bottle stuffer and came upon this AMAZING cork artist, Scott Gundersen, who creates portraits using hundreds and thousands of corks. He is unbelievably talented and i want to share his talent with you (his work above). You can follow him on twitter: @scottgundersen, or visit his tumblr website: http://scottgundersen.tumblr.com/
Let me tell you a little bit about this raw, eco-friendly, and environmentally sustainable material that has the potential to help our world from being destroyed by non-recyclable materials, such as plastic. By creating DIY cork projects, you can visually spread the word that great products can be made with ecological materials, like cork.
Help break the MYTH that says “cork is not environmentally friendly”, cork IS environmentally friendly: every nine years, cork is taken from the skin that surrounds the core of the tree, leaving the tree unharmed and in good health following the extraction of the cork; therefore, cork is undoubtedly an environmentally sustainable material because its renewal is easily accomplished by Nature.
Portugal, France, Spain, and Italy are home to this indigenous tree. Cork is impermeable, buoyant material.That means that it does not allow liquid to pass through it, nor will the cork absorb liquid. For this reason, you can make cute bathroom mats like this one below, and more ….