It’s hard to believe that we’re already in week 4 of our cottage bathroom renovation.  I guess it wouldn’t be called a One Room Challenge if it wasn’t in fact a challenge.  And although we’ve been working away at the projects as best we can given that we are two hours away (yep, this distance thing being the biggest challenge by far), we still have so much to do!  

So far, this is what we have accomplished and have yet to complete:

Week 1: The Before Photos and Video
Week 2: The Inspiration, Design Plans and our Sponsors
Week 3: Small Bathroom Remodel Tips
Week 4: (you are here) DIY wine cork bath mat
Week 5: Installing Plank Vinyl Flooring over the Existing Tile AND Upcycling our Bathroom Vanity
Week 6: The Final Reveal!

This week we tackled a DIY bath mat using wine corks! We’re no strangers to using wine corks in our projects, such as this Sparkling Wine Cork Star we made not too long ago.

As for the bath mat, we wanted to create something that was earthy and rustic.  We came across this wine cork bathmat idea from Crafty Nest and decided to give it a try as part of our coastal bathroom makeover.  Check out her DIY for plenty of great information and helpful tips! 

After testing out a few different adhesives, we decided to use Elmer’s White Wood Glue to apply the corks.  For your reference, we also tried using Gorilla Glue, a hot glue gun with clear glue sticks, and Yellow Wood Glue but after a 24 hour curing period, we found the white wood glue to be the most durable in this case. So decision made, white wood glue it was!

Materials needed to make your own wine cork bath mat (20” x 32” size):

  • Nonslip Liner; in a neutral color that won’t distract from the cork
  • Wine corks cut in half lengthwise (quantity as needed)
  • Wood Glue, white dries clear
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper

Steps to making your own wine cork bath mat:

1. Prepare your corks.   

Corks are very difficult to cut. In order to cut corks with ease, boil handfuls of cork at one time and remove from water just before you cut.  Place the boiled corks on a wood cutting board over a non-slip surface.   Be very careful when handling the hot corks and when cutting.   Hold the  cork firmly in place and cut in half lengthwise.  Put aside and let dry fully before moving on to next step. Continue until you have enough cut corks for your bath mat.

2. Prepare your nonslip bath mat base.

Cut the nonslip liner to a size slightly bigger than your finished bath mat.  Place it overtop of wax paper.

3. Positioning the wine corks.

Once the corks are fully dry, begin to place them over your nonslip liner. Align the corks in a row by size.  Place one row at a time and occasionally measure the lengths and widths throughout to ensure your cork bath mat is still evenly shaped all around.

4. Adhering the wine corks.

Using a small paintbrush and wood glue, brush the wood glue to the cut side of the cork and press firmly into place on the liner. Hold firmly in place for 5-10 seconds before moving on to next cork. Work one section at a time and place a heavy board on top until corks are sealed well to the liner.  The wood glue typically takes 24 hours to cure fully.  Tip: Take it from me and avoid rushing the glueing process.  Take your time to ensure each cork is adhering well.

5. Finishing.

After 24 hours of cure time. double check that all the corks are secure. If not, remove or lift up loose corks and apply more glue. Repeat step 4 for each loose cork. Once completed, peel away the wax paper and trim away the exposed liner edges as close to corks as possible.

Place your new wine cork bath mat on the floor and enjoy!

The bath mat is going to look amazing on the new Allure ISOCORE brushed white plank vinyl flooring we received from the Home Depot Canada once it’s installed. But for now, we’ve styled it inside Sonja’s kitchen (I hope she’ll be willing to part with it!).

We’re heading up to the cottage over the next few days and look forward to bringing you some major progress on the bathroom makeover soon!

Have you ever tried or considered making a wine cork bath mat?

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