Cork Journal

The Upcyclers Team on Etsy has a Creativity Challenge each month, where members are asked to make anything (does not have to be to sell on Etsy) with a given material. The material for February was wine corks, or any other cork. This month, I had the time, energy and an idea to participate!

I found a cork placemat with a design printed on one side at a thrift shop. Using recycled bookboard, I prepared my boards by gluing the endpapers first, wrapping them over the cover edges and then glued the cork, trimmed to the size of the covers, to the front of the boards. I probably should have sanded the surface of the cork before gluing, as it was a bit temperamental with sticking. Finally with a strong white glue, it adhered. I used a rubber stamp I had carved some time ago to decorate the cover, using a permanent ink.

Now you can make your lists inside the book, or pin them to the cover!

There were some great entries from other team members too! You can see the rest of the Creativity Challenge entries on the team's Pinterest board here, and a post announcing the winners should be up on the team blog soon.

The winners were announced on March 1, and my cork journal was the second prize winner! 


  1. Congratulations! This is a really neat idea. I like how you can "tack" your notes right onto the cover of the book as well as jotting them down inside. Great idea and upcycling!

    1. Thanks Tawny! I think you'd have fun participating in these challenges too with your great upcycling ideas!


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