Category: Wine corks

GeneralDIY: Wine Cork Coasters

All right, winos; this blog is for you! 
 
For the last four years or so, I have been avidly collecting wine corks, poaching them from my parents’ kitchen, my friends’ recycling bins, and restaurant tables. By the time last November rolled around, I realized that I had quite the stash and it was time to do something with them. After a bit of Google crafty research, I stumbled upon the idea of creating (drumroll, please) . . . 

 
 
Because I was making these for Christmas presents, I did this over the series of several weeks and numerous hours in front of Netflix. However, it’s a super easy project, and the only thing you have to wait on is glue dry time.
 
What You Need
 
  • 8 corks for each coaster
  • Really good glue (I suggest wood glue or tacky glue; hot glue doesnt hold strong enough and it leaves a chunky mess)
  • Cork matting
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (Optional)
  • Heavy books or other weight
 
 
 
What You Do
 
Step 1:  Glue together the corks two at a time. You want them to be roughly the same width and as close to the same length as possible. Do this to all of the corks so that you have four sets of two corks. Let dry.
 
 
Step 2:  Glue the sets of two together. You can either alternate the directions or have the corks all facing the same way. Glue together and let dry. On the left, you can see that I used plastic corks; on the right, I used real cork. Both options are fun to work with, but I won’t lie:  the plastic ones are usually way more consistent in same-sizeness.
 
 
Step 3:  Measure a square of cork matting that is just barely smaller than the bottom of the cork coaster. (To be honest, the square below is probably a bit too small; you probably want it a little bit bigger, but as long as it gets the bottom flat, that’s what counts.) Cut it out, and glue it to the bottom of the coaster to create a flat base. (Note:  my cork role had a “sticker” base that I tried to use at first, but don’t be fooled:  it pops right off. I just put glue on top of the sticky, and it held that way.) Cover with a heavy book or other weighted object to glue the matting firmly in place.
 

Step 4:  Ta-da! You’re done. If you want to make a cute gift, sign the bottom of two coasters with the date and your name and wrap them together with a bow.
 
 
Tip:  Another fun twist on this is to make trivets for hot plates and pots. I bought $1 wooden picture frames from Michaels, flipped them over, and glued corks in cool batterns all along the frames. I also glued some corks directly onto the bottom of the glass of some picture frames for another twist, like it the one I made below. I’ve already used mine for pots of pasta! 
 
 
Ready to try your hand? Pop open a bottle and get started!

ArtDIY: Things to do with Old Wine Corks

 
 
Ever wonder what to do with all of those wine corks? Being a wine enthusiast myself, I thought there had to be a better way than just tossing the old corks out. I did a little research and found out a bunch of awesome things we could all do with them! Corks are derived from the Cork Oak Tree. Corks can be reused for so many projects, so why waste them? 
 
Wreath:
 
Supplies
 
-Corks
-18” wreath
-Hot glue gun
-Florist’s wire
-Fabric for a bow
 
Instructions
 
*Glue corks to wreath, staggering them as you go. Continue all the way around wreath. Tie a bow around the florist’s wire and attach to the wreath.
 
 Arrangement:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Empty vase
-Glass candle holder
-Candle for center
 
Instructions
 
*Clean your empty vase well.
*Place candle into your glass candle holder.
*Place candle in the center of the vase.
*Proceed to fill corks in all the way around, leaving some space at the top.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Cork Curtains:
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Heavy string
-Needle
-Beads
-Small wooden beam
-Hammer
-Nails
 
Instructions
 
*Use the needle to string the corks. Alternate between beads and corks for a beautiful arrangement.
*Hammer nails into wooden beam 1/2 inch apart, leaving nail head sticking out halfway.
*Wrap excess string at end of bead chain around the protruding nail and tie off. 
*Hammer the nail the rest of the way in.
*Repeat until finished!
 
 
 
 
Bulletin Board:
 
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Any kind of base board (matte, foam board, etc.)
-Hot glue
-Push pins
 
Instructions
 
*Simply hot glue the corks onto whatever base you choose.
*Let dry before hanging on wall.
*Use push pins to hang up little notes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Place Card Holder:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Razor blade
-Sandpaper  
 
Instructions
 
*Flatten one edge of the cork by sanding it down
*Use a razor blade to cut an even and thin notch through the rounded side of the cork
*Add a name tag and you’re done!
 Cork Ornaments:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Paper clip
-Ornament holder
 
Instructions
 
*Cut a paper clip in half and shove both ends into the cork
*Use an ornament holder to hang on tree
 
 
 
Coasters:
 
Supplies
 
-Hot glue
-Ribbon
 
Instructions
 
*Arrange corks however you see fit
*Glue together as you place them next to each other
*Put a decorative bow around arrangement and glue, securing ribbon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Jewelry: 
 
 Supplies
-Long necklace
-Jewels or gemstones
-Small rings
 
Instructions
*Cut cork into think slices
*Paint the corks, glue on jewels, it is up to you!
*Fasten corks by drilling a small hole in each end of the cork. Bring together with rings
*Break the old necklace in half and attach each end to the small loops
 
Check out this AWESOME cork window display I saw in an Anthropologie window that inspired this blog:
 
 
Enjoy! 
 
(photos courtesy of pinterest and nikki in stiches)