Really, Really Easy Wine Cork Crafts
So easy even I can do them.
While shopping at Target, I was surprised to see a box of wine corks on the shelves. For sale. How goofy, I thought. Why would anybody buy wine corks? That's like buying Twinkie wrappers or empty Chlorox bottles.
And then, in the space of a few days, I came upon all sorts of cool wine cork crafts. On Pinterest. On HubPages. In emails from friends.
Even at two to three bottles of wine per week (our usual intake) I'd have to save for a year in order to have enough corks to make them all. And suddenly the idea of buying a box of wine corks didn't seem so goofy after all.
I don't want to brag, but I'm incredibly inept when it comes to craft making. In fact, just about any handiwork that requires dexterity or fine motor skills more often than not leaves me frustrated and surrounded by debris.
In a college weaving course, I became the class focus when our professor gathered everyone around my work station to point out my numerous mistakes. (I was even sitting on the wrong side of the loom!)
Not my most stellar moment.
A few years ago at a local scarf-making class, my roll of silk and wool flew across the room as I applied pressure exactly (or so I thought) as the instructor had told us to. It slammed into the far wall, unfurling like a sprung spring onto the floor below.
I rarely wear it.
So, given my history, you can believe me when I tell you that the wine cork projects below are easy. Really, really easy. Not only do they require little skill, but they require very few materials— other than wine corks.
And even I can do them.
Wine cork keepsakes
What do you do with old wine corks?
Wine cork stamps
Like the idea of making your own stamps? Martha Stewart used to have a short cork stamp video tutorial on her official website.
Using an exacto knife, Stewart cuts Xs and Os out of old wine corks to make adorable hugs and kisses stamps for Valentine's Day. (I used a serrated kitchen knife.)
To use the stamps, dab them with ink or acrylic paint and mark cards, napkins or anything else that strikes your fancy.
If you really get into it, you could design your own stamps, drawing simple patterns like shamrocks and stars onto their ends and "cutting out the negative," as Stewart describes it.
I made two, a hug and a kiss, to use at Valentine's Day, and I still have nine fingers and one eye!
Wine cork mini planters
Like wine cork stamps, wine cork mini planters require a bit of carving. In fact, you have to gut the cork like a pumpkin.
After that, simply plug the hole with moist potting soil and a hardy little succulent like the one pictured right.
Although I would have preferred a larger cork, the averaged-sized one that I used wasn't too too difficult to hollow out.
To display wine cork planters, the tutorial that used to be on the Ever After Blueprint website advised gluing magnets to them.
If, however, you're short on magnets (as I was) you could impale them on pieces of wire coat hanger and stick them in flower pots. Or, just set them on their flat bottoms in a sunny windowsill!
Wine cork message boards
I really love wine cork bulletin boards, but they're so expensive to buy! Luckily, they're incredibly cheap to make, especially if you already have an old frame and some scrap wood or cardboard lying around the house.
I've primarily seen wine cork message boards assembled in one of two ways: with the wine cork bottoms facing up so that the board looks like a conglomeration of cork circles, and with the wine corks on their sides so that the wine name is visible. I vastly prefer the latter. The corks fits neatly into their frame, they're visually interesting and the board requires fewer of them.
Wine cork plant markers
Wine cork plant tags
A piece of coat hanger wire or a used chopstick, a wine cork and a Sharpie are all you need to make a funky little plant marker.
You could even use an old fork!
Just write the plant name on the cork; insert the wire, fork tines or chopstick; and stick your new marker in a flower pot or into the ground.
Cute, huh? And super simple to make.
© 2013 Jill Spencer