How to Use Wine Corks: Crafts, Home Décor Projects, Garden Ideas, and More
There are numerous crafts and ideas for your wine corks from wall décor to kitchen tools to garden accessories. No matter what kind of crafty skills you have, there is something here for everyone.
Tips for acquiring wine corks
Some people who are interested in wine cork projects have been saving their corks for years and are burning to start recycling them in new ways. Other people have caught the wine cork bug and are just starting to collect corks. If you don't already have a cork collection going, here are some tips for acquiring corks.
- Ask friends and family. Even if you drink wine regularly, it will take a long time to acquire enough corks to make many of the projects here. Friends and family may be able to contribute to your collection.
- Ask local restaurants and bars. Any restaurant that serves wine goes through an abundance of bottles almost every weekend. A number of people who make wine cork projects regularly have had success asking places to save for them.
- Look for deals online. Check eBay, Amazon, CraigsList, and FreeCycle for wine cork listings. If Craigslist and FreeCycle don't have listings up right now, put in your own request.
Do you have other tips for acquiring corks? Leave them in the comments section at the end of this article!
I included this idea another craft article, but I had to mention it here as well. There are wooden and chipboard letters available at most craft stores in a wide variety of sizes. Any sort of general craft glue, such as a glue gun, or tacky glue, will work well for attaching your corks to the letter. Pick a first letter initial for a child's room or use your last letter initial for a general home decor piece.
The tutorials here detail two different kinds of cork stamps. The first involves carving the end of the cork into the shape of the stamp. The second involves simply gluing a piece of foam in the stamp shape onto the end of the cork. It is entirely up to you which option you'd like to use. Be adventurous and experiment with both.
Coasters and Trivets
Almost every wine cork coaster and trivets tutorial can be converted from one to the other. It's important to cut your corks in half evenly and make sure that the edges are all smoothed out so your pots, pans, and cups will sit flat. In addition to making great accessories for your own home, this is a wonderful gift option for a wedding or housewarming.
Bulletin Boards, Wall Displays, Frames
A wide variety of picture frames will work for creating a decorated frame, bulletin board, or other wall display. If you find a second hand frame that isn't in great shape, sand and refinish it or give it a coat of paint before you get ready to attach your corks. There are also a number of possibilities for attaching your corks. Simply glue the corks the long way close together or turn them on their sides and arrange them in a pattern. If the corks are too tall for your chosen frame (particularly if you're gluing the long way), just cut them in half.
Wine Cork Board
Bath Mats and Shoe Mats
When I started researching this hub and considering sub-topics, I never imagined that mats would be on here, particularly bath mats. This just goes to show that you can recycle anything into just about anything else if have patience, creativity, and determination. If you like the look of bamboo bath mats and want a project you can make yourself, this is a great option. Some tutorials involve using a non-adhesive shelf liner, such as the Duck or Plast-O-Mat brands, so that the mat stays in place on the floor while others involve filling a shadow box with corks.
Garden, Flowers, and Vases
One of the most popular cork garden ideas that I found is using corks with bamboo skewers to make plant markers. Several people suggest using a fine Sharpie marker to label your corks. There are also some great options out there for cork planters and vase fillers.
Jewelry, Accessories, and Jewelry Displays
I did find a number of photos of great wine cork jewelry, but I did not find a lot of tutorials. I have included what I did find here. Don't let this limited amount of information stop you from dreaming up your own unique jewelry. There are tons of possibilities. The cork board displays for jewelry are fairly similar to the other wall displays that I've featured in this article except that they include some extra pins or hooks for hanging the jewelry.
I have never made my own wreath before and cannot believe how many creative ideas there are out there for wreaths with everything from yarn to fabric to corks. (I have researched so many awesome wreaths now that I will have to make one at some point.) Several tutorials use glue for the corks, but I like the first tutorial that I linked that suggests toothpicks. Unless you have a lot of patience and a lot of glue, toothpicks will be much easier. Cork wreaths look great without any additional detail, but you can customize them for just about any season or holiday, too.
How to Make a Cork Wreath
Entertaining: Serving Trays, Wine Charms, Other Kitchen Accessories and Ideas
This sub-topic could have been an entire article itself. Wow everyone at your next dinner party or at your wedding with your homemade wine cork serving trays, wine charms (what could be more fitting, right?), place card holders, bottle stoppers, and more.
Even if kids can't drink wine, they can still get in on the fun of recycling old wine corks. Transform corks into boats that really float, people, animals, and much more.
Other Home Décor and Accessories
As hard as I tried to categorize everything, there were still a few other random home décor and accessory ideas that didn't fit in anywhere else. This includes pens, bulletin board push pins, Christmas tree ornaments, table/dresser tops, and drawer and cupboard pulls. Pulls are a neat option if you've just moved into a new (or old) home without cupboard handles or if you're refinishing an old dresser or desk.
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