Corona Virus Cork Ball How-To | My Winespill

Corona Virus Cork Ball How-To make your own cork ball using your 2020 corona virus collection of corks. You can use red or white wine corks, but I like to use red wine corks and expose the red-soaked cork outwards.

Year of the Rat

In the year of 2020 the U.S. has had 16 natural disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damage. Starting with the Australian wildfires beginning in 2019 and continuing into 2020. In February, the House impeachment managers read aloud the impeachment articles against Trump, beginning the U.S. Senate trial. It was also this year that Trump delivered his State of the Union address, on Feb. 4, appearing to snub House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she attempted to shake his hand and Pelosi later ripping up his speech.

On Feb. 5, the Senate ultimately voted to acquit Trump on the two articles of impeachment. Rising concerns with Iran after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries. A U.S. airstrike on Jan. 3 killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others near Baghdad International Airport. And ultimately Iran retaliated on Jan. 7 with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, on Jan. 26. Meanwhile, on the same day of Kobe Bryant’s funeral service in Los Angeles, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in New York.

The big entrance at the end of February was the virus, which started in China in December 2019, had moved and spread to dozens of countries. Committed to lock downs our lives came to a screeching halt. Complete with fiery skid marks.
Carona Virus Cork Ball

This, on top of the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked protests across the country and ignited a racial reckoning in America, has given many of us in 2020 a year to take up drinking wine.

I confess to be a hoarder of corks, and share my plan to upcylce my addiction. Read on to learn how to make your own Corona Virus Cork Ball using your 2020 corona virus collection of corks.

Creating my Corona Virus Cork Ball

  1. The obvious first item that you will need are corks. After the long lock-down throughout the Spring and into the Summer you will probably have a good supply.
  2. Next item is the desired size of Styrofoam ball. I used a 3-inch diameter ball and I think this size has enough surface area for around 30 corks. You can vary the size to the number of corks you have.
  3. Because the surface area will be visible, I spray painted each ball. I chose a metallic copper color. Be sure to cover all sides of each ball with paint.
  4. I started this project with toothpicks, but I soon discovered that a toothpick could break too easily. I moved to using nails that I found in our garage. The nails were about the same size as a toothpick. I used a wire cutter to clip off the head of the nail until I had the same number as I had corks.
  5. There are 2 ways to display the cork; with the wine-soaked edge showing or the clean top side showing. I decided to have the wine-soaked edge showing.
  6. Using a drill that equaled the diameter of the nail I drilled a hole in the center of the clean edge. I then took each nail and lightly tapped the nail into the corks halfway down so more than an inch stuck out.
  7. Using the cork as a handle, I pushed each nail into the Styrofoam ball. Start pushing each cork around the circumference of the ball until it has an equator of corks. Create another line perpendicular and continue to fill empty holes with corks.

Viola, easy peasy, and no messy glue or waiting for glue to dry.

Watch the how-to video above to get the step-by-step demonstration on how to create your own 2020 Corona Virus Cork Ball.

Enjoy, EmC 2020

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