How to Make a Birdhouse From Recycled Wine Corks

Updated on February 16, 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

Make this wine cork birdhouse in less than a day!

My friend Toni (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.

Birdhouse in Progress

Birdhouse | Source

What You'll Need

  • 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

Watch How to Make a Birdhouse From Wine Corks

Enjoy Watching the Bird Family Settle 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

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    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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        Lj 3 weeks ago

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

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        Linda 7 months ago

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

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        Victoria 15 months ago

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

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        Charmaine 16 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 3 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 4 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 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I really must start saving my wine corks.

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        Mickie Goad 4 years ago

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

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        katiecolette 4 years ago

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

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        Amine 4 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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        acreativethinker 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

        @Virginia Allain: We have a lot in common!

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        Mickie Goad 4 years ago

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

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        antiqueshq 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

        They also make great picture frames, and insulated trivets.

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        Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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        flycatcherrr 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

        Simply loving this!

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        MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Mickie Goad 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Mickie Goad 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Mickie Goad 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Mickie Goad 4 years ago

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

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        Mickie Goad 4 years ago

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

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        Mickie Goad 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Peggy Hazelwood 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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        Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

        A wonderful idea! Time to find my glue gun!

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        Sundaycoffee 4 years ago

        Lovely idea, and easy to make.

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        IanTease 4 years ago

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

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        Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        What a great way to recycle and have some fun.

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        Renaissance Woman 4 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. :-)