Wednesday, November 14, 2012

25 DIY Projects With Corks

[Buzzfeed] -- Time to drink more wine! These easy upcycling projects will make sure your corks don't go to waste.

1. Stamps

Draw a motif on the end of your cork, then cut out around it, about a 1/4" deep. Slowly, steadily, and carefully! As shown here.

2. Thread Spool Corks

Thread Spool Corks
Wrap wooden spools with colorful thread, glue them to corks, and you've given the usual wine stopper a quick upgrade. Check out the tutorial here.

3. Wreath

Attach corks all over a straw wreath using hot glue. Start with a flat layer, then add some slanted corks on top. Check out this blog post for all the details.

4. Magnetic Cork Planters

Magnetic Cork Planters
Hollow out a cork, stick a magnet on the back, plant it with some dirt and a tiny succulent, and voilĂ ! Here's how.

5. Cork Ball

Cork Ball
Paint a Styrofoam ball, then use a hot glue gun to cover it in corks, as seen here.

6. Key Chains

Key Chains
Put a screw eye onto a key chain ring, then screw it into a cork. That's it! Check out the directions here.

7. Coasters

Cut corks in half lengthwise, glue them to a circular cork sheet, flip it over and cut away excess cork, then sand out the edges. Use these photo instructions as a guide.

8. Cork Letter

Cork Letter
Glue the corks to a letter base (available at Hobby Lobby). Cut corks to fit into any remaining gaps. This tutorial is a great guide.

9. Placecard Holders

Placecard Holders
Great wedding decal! Cut a sliver off the edge of the cork so it will lie flat on its side, then cut a slit along the top, as shown here.

10. Trivet

Super easy to make — just glue together wine corks with super glue until you have the desired size, like this crafter.

11. Bathmat

Cut corks in half and glue them to a shelf liner, as shown in this tutorial.

12. Plant Marker

Plant Marker
Write a plant name onto the cork, drill a hole, insert a bamboo skewer, and stick it in the dirt. Find the tutorial here.

13. Cheese Knives

Cheese Knives
Remove the handle from a cheese knife, cut a little slit in the tip of a cork, and stick it on the edge of the knife.

14. Cork Candles

Cork Candles
Stick these candle toppers into old bottles for awesome and easy dinner party decor.

15. Cork Candle Votives

Cork Candle Votives
Or if you don't want your corks melting, make cork-filled votives instead. Place a small glass cylinder inside a large one, fill the empty space with corks, insert a candle, and you're good to go. Here's a quick tutorial.

16. Simple Cork Necklace

Simple Cork Necklace
Some simple jewelry hardware can turn corks into neckwear. Get inspired by this blog.

17. Embroidered Cork Necklace

Embroidered Cork Necklace
Or if you're feeling ambitious, cut corks into little disks, embroider around the edges, and attach with a felt backing to create a colorful necklace. Check out these step-by-step directions.

18. Wine Corkboard

Wine Corkboard
Spray-paint a frame and hot glue corks in a zigzag pattern within it. Here are the details.

19. Champagne Cork Knobs

Champagne Cork Knobs
Replace knobs with champagne corks to add some character to your home decor. All the steps can be found here.

20. Wine Charms

Wine Charms
Cut wine corks into little slivers, make a hole with a nail, stencil on letters or numbers, thread a wire hoop through your cork, and you're ready for cocktail hour. This tutorial will come in handy.

21. Lampshade

Use hot glue to cover an old lampshade with corks. Follow these step-by-step directions.

22. Fridge Magnets

Fridge Magnets
Just cut your corks in half, glue magnets to the bag, and voilĂ ! Use them to stick notes and photos to your fridge, like this blogger did.

23. Animal Sculptures

Animal Sculptures
Bend clothing hangers into the shape of an animal, wrap the frame with newspaper, then use hot glue to cover it with corks. Check out this easy tutorial.

24. Cork Pen

Cork Pen
Drill a hole through corks and slide them over a pen. Simple as that! Here's how.

25. Journaling

A DIY easy enough for the least crafty among us: Write the date, location, dining companion — whatever you'd like — to commemorate the night. Inspired by this blogger.


Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.