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How to Use Wine Corks: Crafts, Home Décor Projects, and Garden Ideas

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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!

Monogram Letter

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.

Craft Stamps

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.

Wreaths

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.

Toys

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.

More Great Recycled Project Ideas

Comments

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 26, 2014:

Fine Hub. It was a corker! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Balog Sebastian from Worldwide on July 01, 2013:

Wow this is really great. I never thought about wine corks this way before :) Voted as interesting

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 30, 2013:

Who knew is right! There are so many creative people out there. Crafting is a great excuse to start drinking wine. :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 30, 2013:

Bathmats? Who knew? I especially like the garden marker. If I only drank wine. Maybe time to start!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 29, 2013:

Thanks, Donna! I appreciate the idea! That's great. :)

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on May 29, 2013:

Comprehensive lists of ideas! And one more - a bobber for your fishing line.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 29, 2013:

That timed out perfectly, BNadyn! Enjoy the projects. :)

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on May 29, 2013:

I love these ideas! I just recently started collecting wine corks even though I have been enjoying wine for years. I figured I would start saving them for "who knows what?" I know now! I found some projects on your article that I'm interested in trying out, so thanks for sharing them =)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 28, 2013:

Thanks, TycoonSam! That's great. Enjoy. :)

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on May 28, 2013:

Rose, What a great hub! I have been saving my wine corks for years. Now I may put them to use!

Voted up and useful.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 07, 2012:

Yes, for sure! It's amazing what people create, isn't it?

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on December 07, 2012:

I never knew one could create such works of art with a product most people throw away!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 06, 2012:

Thanks, lainey-lu! Haha, I know, right?

Lainey Alexander on December 06, 2012:

These are absolutely gorgeous! And an excuse to buy more wine... Muahaha.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 2012:

I had no idea either until I started researching this topic. That's awesome about your aunt!

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on November 27, 2012:

So many uses! I had no idea!

My aunt collects corks (& wine hehe) & has done so for many years. She has frames and pictures made out of corks.

I really like the stamps & mats. You always have/find such creative things! :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

Thanks so much, Better Yourself! That's great. Have fun with them. :)

Better Yourself from North Carolina on November 24, 2012:

Such great ideas! Love the wreath and monogram letter! Thanks for sharing - look forward to trying some of the ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 23, 2012:

Thanks so much, Betty! I appreciate the link.

Betty (Alawine) Overstreet from Vacaville, Ca. on November 21, 2012:

Love the ideas and appreciate you taking the time to put this hub together. I added a link to this hub from one of my Winery hubs!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 24, 2012:

That's great, Sam. :)

Thanks, knaoy!

mhmod knaoy from egypt on September 24, 2012:

WOW so many of these ideas are just awesome!!

Sam Hake from Kansas City on September 14, 2012:

This is so awesome! I love that you even included links and pricing so that I can plan a project on the spot! I look forward to reading your other posts!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 13, 2012:

That's great, Creative Mixtress! :)

Dori Ball from Safety Harbor, Florida on September 13, 2012:

Bookmarked and love it! Not that I am a drinker (cough cough) but I do have a very large stash of wine bottles and corks. I see Christmas gifts in the making... Thanks for the tips!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 31, 2012:

Thanks Terrye! Good luck with acquiring some corks!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on May 31, 2012:

These are fantastic ideas. Now I just need to figure out how to get my hands on a bunch of corks! :) I'm voting this up and more, plus sharing. Awesome hub, randomcreative! Well done!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 20, 2012:

Thanks! You're right that a lot of bottles don't have real corks anymore. There are still A LOT of big wine cork collections out there, though. If you're having trouble finding a lot on your own, you can always consider purchasing some.

Laubreel from New York on April 20, 2012:

Very cool idea! Shame though that a lot of wine bottles are not coming with real cork anymore, I began saving them wthen when most bottles don't have I stopped! These are really neat though.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 15, 2012:

Laura, that's awesome about the wallpaper!

Thanks northland!

northlandws from Fargo, North Dakota on April 15, 2012:

Great ideas! I especially like the craft stamps.

LauraGT from MA on April 15, 2012:

Great way to recycle! I've seen bathroom "wallpaper" made from corks. Very cool.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 13, 2012:

I'm so glad that this is helpful for you! Have fun with your corks.

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on April 13, 2012:

I have so many wine corks and I can't decide what to do with them! After reading this hub I think I've found some uses for them :) The stamps and the wreath are my favorites! We'll see how they turn out. Thanks for the ideas!!!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2012:

Thanks amberld! I'm glad that you found some new ideas here that you like.

Amber White from New Glarus, WI on April 10, 2012:

Some great ideas for wine corks. I have made bulletin boards before with them, but I absolutely love the stamp idea! Never have thought of that. Also, like the jewelry board. Voted up and shared!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 10, 2012:

rebekah, that's great! You'll have no end of possible projects now.

thoughforce, you're right that the projects here will definitely keep you collecting corks for quite a long time. Thanks!

Stephanie, you'll have corks saved again in no time for projects. Thanks!

Marcy, I couldn't find a great photo of a room divider for this hub, but I know that they are out there. So creative!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on April 10, 2012:

So creative! I've always thought corks were so interesting and have intriguing colors and textures; it's great to see ways to put them to use! Years ago, I saw a room divider made from strings of corks hooked together with screws and eyes - it was very eye-catching.

Voted up and beautiful!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 10, 2012:

Wow! and to think of all the wine corks I've wasted! Now I'm definitely going to save them for some of these neat projects! Voted up and useful and pinned!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on April 10, 2012:

I love these ideas and I especially like the monogram letters! But there are so many great ideas here that there will never be enough corks! Wonderful ideas and I wish I had some corks here now:) Voted up, useful, interesting and shared!

Tina

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on April 10, 2012:

WOW, I love these creative ideas! I used to save them for projects with kids, but this hub gives so many great ideas.

Thanks for sharing your creativity here at HP!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 09, 2012:

Thanks alifeofdesign! You're right that some of my readers did leave great ideas in the comments. That's awesome that your cork ideas were a hit at your party. I'm sure that the champagne cork crafts were very inspired, too.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on April 09, 2012:

Wonderful collection of ideas! Several of your readers also have some great ideas! I recently stumbled upon the cork stamps and fell in love with the idea. I also hosted a wine tasting party awhile back and created a few of these ideas. It was a big hit. I've made a few crafts with Champagne corks also ;) Thanks for sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 09, 2012:

Thanks! A display under a glass-topped coffee table would be gorgeous. A monogram letter with an ombre effect would be awesome, too. Have fun with your projects!

Christen Roberts from Harrisburg, PA on April 09, 2012:

Great compilation of ideas. I do save corks. I have planned to make a display of them under a glass-topped coffee table (of course, I do not yet own a glass-topped coffee table). But I may just have to go with the monogram letter idea. I know I have enough for that, perhaps painting groups of corks a color that grows into an ombre effect. Oooh... I like it already!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 09, 2012:

Haha thanks Holle. :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 09, 2012:

More awesome ideas from Miss Creative! lol

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 07, 2012:

Thanks Jamie! I know, win-win, right? :)

Jamie Jensen from Chicago on April 07, 2012:

WOW so many of these ideas are just awesome!! And I definitely don't mind drinking the wine to get the corks ;-)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 07, 2012:

Thanks Deb and bellatierras! I'm glad that you found some ideas here that you like.

Om, you'll have plenty of ideas now if you decide to start a collection. :)

Om Paramapoonya on April 07, 2012:

I once thought about collecting wine corks but then decided against it. Now I think I might change my mind again! You have convincingly proved to me how they can be such nifty materials for art and décor projects.

bellatierras on April 06, 2012:

I've been collecting corks for awhile. Thanks for all the great ideas!

Storybeader on April 06, 2012:

I love the idea of using the corks as stamps. I got a whole bunch at work. Like the wreath and the wall letter too! :-)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 06, 2012:

Thanks Danareva! I'm glad that you enjoyed this.

Dana De Greff from Miami on April 06, 2012:

Very clever ideas, especially the mat and coasters! Such a great way to recycle thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 06, 2012:

You're welcome! I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Have fun with your corks. :)

veggie-mom on April 06, 2012:

Wow! So many choices, thanks so much for taking the time to answer my question with a hub. I have done the corkboard and stamps. I think I might try the coasters or the bathmat.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 06, 2012:

Sounds great vespawoolf! Have fun.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 06, 2012:

These are great ideas for using wine corks! I have friends who collect them, but now I'm going to collect until I have enough to make either the trivet or bath mat. I wish I had your creative mind, randomcreative!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

I never would have thought that there could be so many cork projects either. I know, doesn't this make you want to start saving corks?

Sondra from Neverland on April 05, 2012:

I am in total awe! I never in a million years would've thought there could be SO many cork projects. I saw many that I like - and that whole kitchen wall done in corks? Amazing. I might have to pick up drinking just so I can make a mat :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

I'm glad that you found some ideas here that would be useful for you! It's rare that most people would latch onto all of the ideas in an article that is this comprehensive. Thanks!

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on April 05, 2012:

The trivet and the cork board look to be the two uses I would put them to. A wine-glass charm, however, is something I had never considered, it certainly looks intriguing. Great hub voted up, useful and interesting.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

Thanks! That's great. :)

Gypsy48 on April 05, 2012:

Great ideas. I have been saving my wine bottle corks and now I know what to do with them. Thanks :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

Thanks Jamie! You're right that the large cork letters could easily double as bulletin boards. I found a handful of pictures of shaped cork boards (i.e. hearts) that people use as bulletin boards.

Jamie Brock from Texas on April 05, 2012:

Awesome hub, Rose! I love the cork stamps and the large cork letters which could double as a bulletin board, too! Voting up & useful :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

I know how that goes. You can only hang on to so many things. You'll have a collection again before you know it, though.

Thanks!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 05, 2012:

Wow! I used to save corks and wish I still had them after seeing all the cool stuff you can do with them. I purged one day and threw away a bagful of them :( Not anymore, I will start my collection again.

Fantastic Hub with so many great ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

Thanks so much Vicki!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 05, 2012:

Wow, if I had saved all my wine corks over the years...! Great ideas. I like the idea of plant markers...and pulls for drawers and cabinets. Very well done hub. The pics are great! voted up and sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

Thanks Movie Master! Good luck with your cork collecting.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 05, 2012:

I love all these ideas - now I need corks!

Brilliant hub and voted up and shared.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 05, 2012:

Daughter of Maat, you'll have a collection again before you know it!

ytsenoh, that's a great keepsake! Thanks for sharing your idea here.

Vinaya, I appreciate that!

Susan, thanks so much! Have fun with your corks.

Kelley, thanks! Good luck collecting.

Thanks frogpetals!

frogpetals from Christiansburg, VA on April 05, 2012:

Love all the ideas, especially the keychains! This is just too cute!

kelleyward on April 05, 2012:

Wow you gave me so many ideas!!! I will start saving mine now!! I love the stamp idea and all the decorating ideas. Voted up and useful!

susanm23b on April 05, 2012:

I love this hub! You have done a fabulous and VERY comprehensve job here. I have a pretty big stash of corks and have always wanted to do something with them. I have seen a few ideas on the web, but you have so many more here. Great research!

I especially love the first idea, the K monogram. I love the variation of colors because of the red wine corks. Great, fun hub! Voted up!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 04, 2012:

Very creative idea. But this is not my cup of tea, I will have to share this with the women in my family.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on April 04, 2012:

Very cool. I love all these ideas. On each of my corks, I have written the year and the occasion or the venue, and I framed a large bulletin board with them and they enclose a collage of my collection of postcards from all over the country and pieces of Europe. Thumbs up on your great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Fun!

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on April 04, 2012:

This is so AWESOME!! I had no idea you could do this much with wine corks. I used to have a stash of them, but just recently threw them out because I thought I'd never find crafts to use them! Needless to say I'm mad at myself for throwing them out, but you can bet I'll be collecting them from now on! Thank you!