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How to Make a Birdhouse From Recycled Wine Corks

Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.

My friend is so very proud of her birdhouse she made with recycled wine corks! Birds won't whine when they move into this house!

My friend is so very proud of her birdhouse she made with recycled wine corks! Birds won't whine when they move into this house!

Make This Wine Cork Birdhouse in Less Than a Day!

My friend Toni (seen in the photo above!) made this craft in less than one day. We were members of a craft group sponsored by our church, and we met once a month to connect and create projects. This small group gathered together in the dead of winter to recycle wine corks to make birdhouses for the return of our feathered friends in the springtime. Of course, this wine cork craft can be done any time of the year as long as you have enough corks saved!

The first step to making this birdhouse? Watching a video tutorial (below) and figuring out how to put the corks together using lots of hot glue. The friendship group just sort of "winged" it and got creative to come up with a usable house for our feathered friends.

Cork birdhouse in progress

Cork birdhouse in progress


  • Hot-Temp Glue Gun: Hot-temperature glue works best for this craft if you are going to put it outdoors. Toni said she burned her fingers while making her birdhouse, so make sure to be careful! Glue guns are easy to use, and I consider mine one of the best craft investments I've ever made.
  • Glue Sticks for the Glue Gun: Use lots of glue to reinforce the floor and roof of the birdhouse! After assembling the floor and the roof, use glue between the rows of corks to add strength to the birdhouse.
  • Wine Corks: You'll need 130-200 of these. It will take you a lot longer to gather the materials if you save corks one at a time, so I suggest buying bags of corks online to start the project more quickly!
  • Sharp Knife

How to Make a Cork Bird House

  1. First, make the base (you'll need 20 corks for this): Glue four corks end-to-end. Do this five times, then glue these pieces together to form the base.
  2. Next, make the long walls (you'll need 18 corks for each wall, 36 total): glue 9 corks on the end along each long side, then add another 9 on top of those.
  3. Next, make a short wall on one end (you'll need 10 corks for this) by gluing 5 corks on the end along one side, then gluing a line of 5 more on top of those.
  4. Next, form both sides of the roof (you'll need 72 corks total): glue 3 corks end to end; do this 12 times, then glue them together. Repeat for the other eave of the roof.
  5. Next, close in the house with another short wall, this one with a window in it (you'll need 19 corks for this—see video!).
  6. Add 9 more corks horizontally to the other (first) short wall so the two short walls are even.
  7. Next, go over all your seams with the glue gun, reinforcing the joints.
  8. Cut each short wall at an angle (see video).
  9. Glue the roof on.
  10. Glue 5 corks along the roofline, end-to-end.
  11. As a finishing touch, go over your glue lines to reinforce them one more time.

Video Tutorial: How to Make a Birdhouse From Wine Corks

Enjoy Watching a Bird Family Move in!

Do you like providing a habitat for birds who come to your yard? Imagine sitting on your porch, patio, or deck with a glass of your favorite wine in hand and seeing the beautiful birds making a home. You can enjoy the birds building a nest, laying their eggs, and urging the babies to fly away from home.

I hope you enjoyed this project and try it yourself!

Questions & Answers

Question: Do I need to prep the corks in any way to make a birdhouse from them?

Answer: Corks were do not need a prep.

Question: Did you soak the corks that you cut with a knife?

Answer: No.

Question: Do you need a special kind of glue stick to make a birdhouse from recycled wine corks?

Answer: No.

Question: Do I need to boil the wine corks first before making a birdhouse from them?

Answer: I did not do that to my corks.

© 2014 Mickie Gee

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SissyS on January 31, 2020:

What type of glue do you use? I've used a glue gun but it seems that in the heat of the summer it softens.

Mickie Gee (author) on June 20, 2019:

I did not use a preservative, so I cannot give a good answer.

Robin on June 18, 2019:

Do you need to put any preservative on outside of corks to protect from weather? I’ve only used corks and cork products while fishing. Thank you. Will use marine glue because so hot and humid in this region. Lovely idea and timely, so many corks saved over years and almost threw them out. Predators were eating baby birds so along with smaller opening, I’m also making this with additional chicken wire to stop snakes, etc from getting in.

Lj on March 25, 2018:

Try either outdoor silicone r marine glue instead of hot glue...which the heat/sun melts and your project falls apart...from experience.

Linda on August 26, 2017:

Do you have some written instructions that I can copy to use ?

Victoria on January 01, 2017:

I love this only thing is it needs a vent for the birds

Charmaine on December 17, 2016:

I have LOTS of corks & love housing birds , this is a great & easy project !! Thank You !!! Love it

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on August 19, 2015:

I love watching the birds in my yard. A project using recycled items is always a welcome share.

Eeda on February 21, 2015:

easy to build the room around it. This week we've been inepsrid by a nursery we spotted on Design, Dining and Diapersa0and opted for a colour combo of orange and turquoise for a gender-neutral, modern and playful

ideadesigns on January 05, 2015:

Great job on the bird house!!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on September 10, 2014:

What a super clever idea!

Ruthi on April 27, 2014:

Oh, goodness me, I am going to have to start drinking more wine! I need the corks as well as the bottles for fun crafts such as this bird house.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 27, 2014:

I absolutely love this project! I never would have though of it myself and I know my birds would love it.

nicey on March 13, 2014:

Amazing! I never thought one could use wine corks for something more useful. I just throw them away after opening a bottle of wine.

Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 13, 2014:

I really must start saving my wine corks.

Mickie Gee (author) on March 11, 2014:

@aminebombom: Thank you. My friend actually made the birdhouse you see here.

Amine from Doha, Qatar on March 07, 2014:

Beautiful idea lady, i used to use wine corks as floating ball in fishing but, you made a beautiful thing out of it. Well done

katiecolette on March 07, 2014:

Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea! Will pin this to my must-try "DIY projects" on Pinterest :)

acreativethinker on March 06, 2014:

That is such a cute idea! A great way to recycle wine corks etc... Thanks for sharing. Take care :)

Mickie Gee (author) on March 04, 2014:

@sha-ron: This birdhouse is for small wild birds in the USA. I doubt a parrot could or would want to live in this little house.

sha-ron on March 03, 2014:

This would be a great idea for small straight beak birds. Although you could not use them for curved parrot type birds as they would chew the corks and also swallow the glue in the process. The idea is great and looks cute too.

Mickie Gee (author) on March 03, 2014:

@Virginia Allain: We have a lot in common!

Mickie Gee (author) on March 03, 2014:

@antiqueshq: What a good idea! That is an attractive way to save corks!

antiqueshq on March 02, 2014:

I put a bunch of corks in a really nice glass bowl. Very simple, but I like the look of it.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 01, 2014:

I'm embarrassed to admit, but I'm such a hoarder that I already have enough corks for this project. Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit that I've consumed this much wine. Actually I've been saving the corks for over a 20 year period.

meggingmad on March 01, 2014:

They also make great picture frames, and insulated trivets.

Angela F from Seattle, WA on March 01, 2014:

love this idea. +1'd and pinned here:

flycatcherrr on February 28, 2014:

I'm thinking I'd best get working on my wine cork collection, to have enough raw materials ready for nesting season! ;)

Carol Houle from Montreal on February 28, 2014:

I had tons of wine corks taking up so much space I got rid of them. Oh Boy. And last summer I walked into a restaurant in upstate New York and the entrance was decorated with multiple-design wine corks wreaths. I really missed out. Great inspirational lens.

Grannygreek on February 28, 2014:

Simply loving this!

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on February 27, 2014:

Congrats on your Purple Star! That is so good to know wine corks can be ordered from Amazon. We had to laugh reading this out loud and commenting that we'd have to drink a lot of wine for that. Whew! I finally did remember to buy bird seed. This lens did give me a couple of good ideas. It is the doing them. Thanks for this great lens of encouragement.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 27, 2014:

@KLGanny: Yep, a few more corks are needed. Maybe you could add some twigs or moss to fill in for the corks.

Sensuintell on February 26, 2014:

Thanks for posting this lens! It is fantastic! I am not creative, but I love to create. I just so happen to have a bunch of wine corks I've been saving for a rainy day. I knew I would find something to craft with these damn corks! Thanks again!

KLGanny on February 26, 2014:

I've got about six corks that I've been saving for something. This is a great project idea. Perhaps I can put them to use. I'll need a few more, of course! lol

Mickie Gee (author) on February 25, 2014:

@MariaMontgomery: No time like the present to start a new collection of corks. Of course, many of the high end wines are going to a screw top.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on February 25, 2014:

Darn it! I threw away all my wine corks. What a neat craft idea -- and a great idea for a crafty lens. Now, if I can find by hot glue.

GrammieOlivia on February 25, 2014:

Saving wine corks as we write! This is a great idea.......

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@Diana Wenzel: That reminds me, I need to buy some bird seed, too. I love to have a snack for visitors.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@Sundaycoffee: Yes, so very easy. I love projects that take only a little time to complete.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@Mary Crowther: I am sure it will still be in working order--glue guns are hard to break.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@Craftymarie: The birds of the air will love the results of this project, too.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@Erin Mellor: You sound just like me. I make a huge mess when I work on any kind of craft project--especially if I have been enjoying wine!

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@ColettaTeske: Purple Stars are amazing and I love receiving them. Thank you.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@LSJ-88: Make sure that an adult handles the glue gun! It gets really hot.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@Scarlettohairy: Yes, please design a birdhouse. You will not be sorry.

Mickie Gee (author) on February 24, 2014:

@angela-amor: I must say thank you, but this is not an "original" idea that belongs to just me.

angela-amor on February 23, 2014:

I love your lens, thanks for sharing this original idea.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on February 23, 2014:

This is pretty cute! I have a ton of wine corks that a friend gave me. I think I'll have to try this!

LSJ-88 on February 22, 2014:

I love projects involving wine corks! I don't drink wine since I had kids, so I collect them from family members. I'll have to add this to my list of summer craft projects.

ColettaTeske on February 22, 2014:

At one time I had a large collection of corks. But, I have different roommates now and my supply of corks has dried up! I made bulletin boards with my corks and never would have thought of making a birdhouse. Very creative and I love that it's Recycled! Congratulations on your Purple Star!

Erin Mellor from Europe on February 22, 2014:

I have plenty of corks, and love this project, but my last cork project saw me glued to the table and covered in corks.

Marie on February 22, 2014:

This is a really fun use of wine corks - love it.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on February 22, 2014:

This looks like a fun project. Thanks so much for sharing.

Mary Crowther from Havre de Grace on February 21, 2014:

A wonderful idea! Time to find my glue gun!

Sundaycoffee on February 21, 2014:

Lovely idea, and easy to make.

IanTease on February 21, 2014:

What a great idea. Could never think how best to recycle corks, till now.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on February 21, 2014:

What a great way to recycle and have some fun.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on February 20, 2014:

I love to see wine cork DIY projects. There are so many awesome things that can be made with recycled cork. Lots of birds are going to be thinking they flew into wine country this spring. :-)