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Really, Really Easy Wine Cork Crafts

So easy even I can do them.

Wine corks form the basis for lots of fun and easy craft projects.

Wine corks form the basis for lots of fun and easy craft projects.

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

Some people save corks from special-occasion bottles, writing the date & event on them to create instant keepsakes.

Some people save corks from special-occasion bottles, writing the date & event on them to create instant keepsakes.

Just in case you're wondering, that red on the cork is paint, not blood.

Just in case you're wondering, that red on the cork is paint, not blood.

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!

Impressive, huh?

What can you do with old wine corks? A surprising number of things.

What can you do with old wine corks? A surprising number of things.

Cork mini planters make good containers for succulents.

Cork mini planters make good containers for succulents.

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!

Carve out the distended end of the cork so that the mini planter sets on a flat bottom.

Carve out the distended end of the cork so that the mini planter sets on a flat bottom.

Besides arranging corks and gluing, some cutting is required.

Besides arranging corks and gluing, some cutting is required.

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

Insert a chopstick or a piece of wire coat hanger into the cork to make a plant marker.

Insert a chopstick or a piece of wire coat hanger into the cork to make a plant marker.

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.

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© 2013 Jill Spencer

Comments

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 19, 2015:

Hi Sheila! Erasers would probably be even more durable than wine corks. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! All the best, Jill

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on August 19, 2015:

I used to make stamps by carving erasers, but using a cork is a great idea! Thanks for all these helpful hints.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 04, 2013:

Hey Missin Behavin! Thanks for you comments. Glad you stopped by. Take care, Jill

Melissa from Canada on April 03, 2013:

Great and simple ideas, thanks for sharing them :)

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 03, 2013:

Hi livingsta! The only thing about those wine cork planters is that they dry out so fast. Thanks for stopping by--and for the votes & the share. (:

@ Sneha Sunny-- Thank you so much for your kind words! Appreciate the votes & the share. All the best, Jill

livingsta from United Kingdom on April 03, 2013:

Interesting hub, I liked the mini cork planter. Looks pretty :)

Thank you for sharing with us,

Votes up and sharing!

Sneha Sunny from India on April 03, 2013:

This is an awesome hub! Really very creative! The ways you mentioned to recycle them in a very crafty way is very impressive.

Thanks for sharing!

Rated and voted up! :)

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 03, 2013:

Hi bridalletter! The corks I used last year in our garden as markers look the same this year. They haven't faded or crumbled, so I can safely say that (at least in Zone 7) wine cork plant markers last at least a year. Nice to year from you! Thanks for commenting. --Jill

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on April 03, 2013:

I found my use for the corks, the garden markers. Great recycle reuse idea. Do they last a full season out in the weather or do you add anything to protect the cork and wording on it? Perfect idea!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 10, 2013:

Thanks so much, Eddy! A pleasure to hear from you. Have a good day!--Jill

Eiddwen from Wales on January 10, 2013:

Interesting and every useful;thanks for sharing.

Eddy.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 09, 2013:

Good advice, Deb! (: Nice to hear from you.

Suzzycue--Glad to include your hub! Take it easy, Jill

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 08, 2013:

Thank you so much Jill. I really appreciate that you added my cork reindeers to your list.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 08, 2013:

Jill, these are all fantastic ideas. I'm glad that you still have most of your fingers and an eye left. Don't lose the last one, for you'll never be the same again.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 08, 2013:

Hi suzzycue! Awesome. I just added your Christmas ornament hub to the link list at the bottom. Wine cork reindeer--they're adorable! Take care, Jill

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 08, 2013:

Thanks so much, BlossomSB! Appreciate it. (:

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on January 08, 2013:

Great stuff Dirt Farmer. I love to make stuff out of wine corks. I did like your little planters. Very cool.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 08, 2013:

Some great craft ideas here. Pity I'm a teetotaller! I'm going to try to share your hub, if I may, but I've never done that before, so it may not work.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 08, 2013:

Thanks, Maren!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 08, 2013:

Hi romanoska! Got your comments--thanks so much! Itsn't it wild what can be made from ... well, junk? (Maybe that means there's really no such thing.) I once had a friend who made the coolest wall art out of gum wrappers. Hope you have some creative fun with your wine corks! All the best, Jill

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on January 08, 2013:

Love the first 2 photos.

romanoska on January 08, 2013:

I don't think I was signed in when I left my recent comment. Please let me know if you need me to resubmit it. You've got an excellent article here!

romanoska on January 08, 2013:

Wow. I've been collecting corks for years but I haven't done anything with them. You've got tips and ideas here that I'd not ever considered; I love the idea of labeling the cork with the occasion. I often forget which wines I've loved and which wines I've not so loved. Perhaps adding a personal rating symbol (1-4 stars) would help! I also LOVE the stampmaking idea. I can't believe I've never seen it before! Salut!

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 08, 2013:

Hey Glimmer Twin Fan. I'm not much of a drinker either--just wine in moderation. The red stuff's practically health food! (;

Thanks, Pavlo! I tried to avoid the too-too tacky! Take care, Jill

Pavlo Badovskyi from Kyiv, Ukraine on January 08, 2013:

Interesting ideas! I liked all of them

Claudia Mitchell on January 08, 2013:

Love these "little" crafts. Wish I drank wine so I would have corks. Beautiful hub as always Jill.

Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 08, 2013:

Hey you guys! Thanks for commenting. I like the little planters, too, Carol, and if I ever manage to purchase a small bag of magnets, I'm going to make 3 or 5 and stick them on the fridge.

@ Purl3agony--Just checked out your cowl knitting pattern. Very pretty. Always nice to hear from you. (: --Jill

Donna Herron from USA on January 08, 2013:

LOVE the stamp idea. Thanks for sharing these :)

carol stanley from Arizona on January 08, 2013:

You have some really creatively fun crafts here. I particularly love the little planter...thanks for sharing and I will vote up+++ and pin.