Recycle Wine Corks to Make a Birdhouse

Updated on January 10, 2018
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Birds won't whine when they move into this house!

My friend is so very proud of her bird house she made with recycled wine corks!
My friend is so very proud of her bird house she made with recycled wine corks! | Source

You can make this wine cork birdhouse in less than a day!

My friend Toni (shown here with her completed wine cork birdhouse) made this craft in less than one day. Toni and I were members of a craft group sponsored by our church. We met once a month to connect and create. 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 anytime of the year--if you have enough corks saved!

The First step in making this birdhouse: watching a video on YouTube (see it below) and figured 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.

Thanks Toni for allowing me to use your photos! Click her name to go to her website (will open in a new tab).

Supplies needed for building a birdhouse from wine corks: - I have not made one yet, so this is an estimate!

By looking at the photos that my friend Toni made, I am guessing that she used at least 132 wine corks in her bird house. If you need to add to your stash of corks to recycle, order some from Amazon from the link above. Bags of Corks are cheaper than most wines--at least the ones I buy. It has taken me years to save up corks. If you drink one bottle of wine a week, it will take you 2.5 years to save up 132 corks. If the math is wrong, please excuse me as I am numerically challenged. (Too many bottles of wine?)

  1. Hot Temp Glue Gun
  2. Bag of Hot Temp Glue Sticks for the glue gun
  3. Wine corks; 130-200!
  4. Sharp knife

You absolutely must have a hot glue gun to make a wine cork birdhouse! - Well, wine corks are necessary, too.

Hot Temperature Glue works best for this craft if you are going to put it outdoors. Toni said that she burned her fingers while making her birdhouse, so I recommended that she gets the finger protectors if she is going to keep on making stuff with a high temp glue gun.

Glue guns are not very complicated and once you own one, it could last forever. The one shown below is very similar to the one I purchased many, many years ago. I consider my glue gun one of the best craft investments I have ever made.

Video: how to make a wine cork bird house: - Get the gist of birdhouse design.

This is the video that my friends watched before they attempted to design their own bird houses. I guess that it took at least 180-200 corks to make this house.

What I learned from this video:

Be a "free bird" and eyeball your design for the birdhouse.

Use lots of glue to make the bird house strong.

Easy to follow DIY video for making a wine cork birdhouse:

Use LOTS of high temp hot glue!

Use Lots of glue to reinforce the floor and roof of the birdhouse!

After assembling the floor and roof, use glue between the rows of corks to give the birdhouse strength.

Foundations of a wine cork birdhouse: - Thank you Toni Bird (yes, her real name!) for the photo.


Enjoy watching a bird family live in your wine cork birdhouse:

Do you like to provide a habitat for the birds who come to your yard? Just imagine sitting on your porch, patio or deck drinking a glass of your favorite wine 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.

Please leave a comment below.

© 2014 Mickie Goad

Will the birds of the air be seeing a recycled wine cork birdhouse in your yard? - Give the birdies a place to set up housekeeping.

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      Linda 4 months ago

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

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      Victoria 12 months ago

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

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      Charmaine 13 months ago

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

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      sheilamarie78 2 years ago

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

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      Eeda 2 years ago

      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

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      ideadesigns 3 years ago

      Great job on the bird house!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What a super clever idea!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      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.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

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

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      nicey 3 years ago

      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.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really must start saving my wine corks.

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      Amine 3 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      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

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      katiecolette 3 years ago

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

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @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.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      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.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: We have a lot in common!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      antiqueshq 3 years ago

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

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      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.

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      meggingmad 3 years ago

      They also make great picture frames, and insulated trivets.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

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

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      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.

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      Grannygreek 3 years ago

      Simply loving this!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      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.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Sensuintell 3 years ago

      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!

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      KLGanny 3 years ago

      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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @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.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      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.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      @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!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

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

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      angela-amor 3 years ago

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

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

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

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      LSJ-88 3 years ago

      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.

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      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!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

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

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      Marie 3 years ago

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

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      A wonderful idea! Time to find my glue gun!

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      Lovely idea, and easy to make.

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      IanTease 3 years ago

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

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a great way to recycle and have some fun.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      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. :-)