How to Make a Wine Cork Apple for the Teacher

I have a lot of wine corks laying around this year, I'm sure many of you do after this crazy year! Today I'm going to show you how to make them into an apple for your favorite teacher. 
cork apple with burlap leaf and paintbrush

A while back I created pumpkins using the same method. 

You can get the full tutorial and all the details by visiting the wine cork pumpkin tutorial

I began by stacking wine corks and glued them together using hot glue. 

For the stem I shaved down one end of a cork and glued it into the cut off top of another cork. 

apple shaped wine corks with a stem

Using a bright red craft paint, I painted only the tops of the corks on one side. 

painted tops of the cork apple with red paint

For the leaf I cut a leaf shape out of a piece of burlap ribbon.

I painted the burlap with a quick coat of green craft paint

The frayed edges of the burlap look great when the leaf is painted. 

green painted burlap leaf shape

I attached the leaf to the apple with hot glue and gave it a little shape by attaching it with a drop of glue to the side of the apple.

red painted apple with cork stem and leaf

I added a little dimension to the apple by using a darker red paint on a few random corks. 

red painted corks with stem and leaf

The apple looks adorable on the shelf in my office classroom reminding me of my life as a teacher. 

wine cork apple on shelf

I retired this year from 33 years of teaching. 

It was a bittersweet decision but one I'm happy to have made in light of the current state of the schools. 

Wine cork apple on the shelf with galvanized S

I'm keeping the joy of teaching in my life this year by tutoring several wonderful preschool children and enjoying every minute! 


red painted wine cork pumpkin on shelf with basket

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .