A few weeks ago I received a bag of corks from Merge Restaurant in downtown Buffalo. They sat in my closet for a week before my 6 year-old son suggested we make a Titanic out of them. This wasn’t a totally odd-ball suggestion since both my boys are obsessed with the Titanic and I had promised we’d have a memorial on April 15th, the anniversary of the sinking.
I was originally thinking I’d try to make a Titanic out of Rice Crispie treats, but I’ve never even made a rectangle of Rice Crispie Treats. Secondly, that would be pretty wasteful. And the opposite of wasteful is The Eve of Reduction. So, upcycling wine corks was a fabulous idea, especially for a 6 year-old.
We got started with our bag of corks and a glue gun. The boys picked out the darkest stained corks to use as the portholes. They kept them coming until we were about 60% done with our two-foot wide Titanic model: We were out of corks!
This is where the community stepped up.
I called around to local restaurants to get more corks. It was surprising how the responses varied. Some were like, “Even if I asked the bartenders I’m sure they’d forget. Sorry…”
Most were like, “Sure, I’m (so and so) and I’ll get you a couple hundred, sound okay?”
There was a great community outreach. I was delighted by the support.
Adding the final touches included using dried out typewriter ribbon, from a typewriter my son is currently rehabbing, to make the “ropes” around the deck.
The crows nest turned out great. We pinned a jingle bell above a quarter piece of cork.
It just happens to work out that the Titanic memorial falls the week before Earth Day. So, in the spirit of caring for Mother Earth, we hope our Titanic project inspires you to reclaim something destined for the dump and make it awesome.
Want more Titanic inspiration? Here is a cookie cake with the Titanic stenciled on top.
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