Why would anyone bother to save the wine corks, you might ask. Well, because it’s easy and because they can potentially used in a lot of creative and interesting DIY projects and crafts. Repurposing wine corks is one of the easiest things you could do and it’s typically super fun to do so. Let’s have a look at some of these crafts and see if any of them inspires you.
For this little project you don’t even have to repurpose the wine corks. They can still be used for the same purpose, they’ll just look a little different. The idea is to give them a Halloween-inspired makeover by adding little Jack-o-lanterns made of plastic on top of each cork and turning them into spooky wine stoppers. It’s a fun and simple project that can be done by the kids as well.
If you by any change have a bunch of wine corks and a desire to make something out of them, an idea can be to craft a cork trivet like the one featured on diys. For this you’ll first have to cut each cork in half. A total of 35 corks were used in this particular case. After they were cut in half, they were all arranged in a hexagon shape and glued together, then aluminum foil tape was added around the edge.
In case you’re in the mood to make something decorative, how about a cork monogram? Depending on the letter you choose, you’ll have to figure out how many corks you’re going to need for this project. this lovely M featured on diys uses a total of 115 corks for example. The rest of the supplies needed for this project include a hot glue gun, acrylic craft paint in any colors you like, a paintbrush and a letter printout.
Champagne corks are perfect for making place cardholders because of their shape and the fact that they’re more sturdy and stable compared to wine corks. To turn them into place card holders all you need to do is paint them and then cut a little slit into the top of each one so you can insert the card in there. You can use metallic spray paint to make them look stylish and elegant but you can also choose to decorate them in other ways. Check out acoastalbride for more details.
A creative mind can find all sorts of interesting uses for something as simple and as basic as a wine cork. For example, there’s a little project idea on crayonsandcravings which shows how a cork can be used to make a candle ornament for the Christmas tree. It’s a really simple and cute project for which you need a few supplies such as yellow pipe cleaners, red ribbon, a thin pine garland and red craft foam.
Here’s a really cute little project that you can make with wine corks: tiny cacti planters. You can find all the details about this on shinecrafts and it’s all quite simple and straight-forward. You need a few things for this such as white cardstock, wine corks, clear tape and sketch pens in green, pink and black. There’s probably a bunch more different ways in which you could make something like this so have fun exploring.
Wine corks themselves can look quite nice, especially when you have a bunch of them together. You can take a few and put them in clear glass containers like jars or vases. Add some string lights in there so there’s also a bit of lighting involved and these can be your new table centerpieces. They could also look nice as decorations on shelves, nightstands or desks. Check out kraftmint to see how they’re made.
Because wine corks look rather nice and interesting as they are, without the need to paint or change them in any way, you can use them as decorations and supplies for a lot of DIY crafts and projects. One idea is to take an empty metal can and glue a bunch of wine corks onto it so the metal is all hidden. You can then use this as a storage container, a vase, a planter or a utensil holder in the kitchen. It’s a little something that we found on amagicalmess.
We love wreaths and all the quirky ways in which they can be made. It’s no surprise that wine corks can also be used to make beautiful and interesting wreaths. Of course, if you want to try this project yourself, you’re going to need a whole lot of wine corks. Group them up into sets of five and glue them together to make flowers. Paint them and decorate them, then glue them all onto a circular wreath form which you can make out of plywood or thick cardboard. More details can be found on designimprovised.
You can also arrange a bunch of wine corks in such a way that they resemble a pumpkin. You can make wine cork pumpkins of different shapes and sizes and use them as decorations around the house. It’s a nice project for fall or Halloween specifically and there are lots of different ways in which you can personalize your pumpkins if you want to. Find out the main details of the project on alwaystheholidays.
This super simple project basically transforms simple wine corks into stylish wine stoppers. The idea is very simple. You take a wine cork, you drill a hole into it from the top, then you insert a decorative knob into the drilled hole. This puts a cute top on the cork and makes it not just better looking but easier to use as well. You can pretty much use any knob you like for this so pay a visit to your local hardware store and check out the stock. Head over to craftsbycourtney for more details.
All you really need to make these cute Christmas tree ornaments is wine corks, twine and a glue gun. Each ornament resembles a miniature Christmas tree and is made out of 11 wine corks, one for the trunk and the rest for the canopy. To make the design more interesting you could paint the corks or decorate them in other ways. In any case, all the necessary details about this simple craft can be found on dearcrissy.
This beautiful star ornament featured on sustainmycrafthabit is also made out of recycled wine corks and it looks amazing. It was made using the following supplies: 103 wine corks, a glue gun, white acrylic paint, matte mod podge, glitter and a paintbrush. It’s not a difficult project but it does take a bit of time and patience in order to get it right. Of course, if you want to you can swap the white paint with a different color.
Wine corks can also be used to decorate various existing items like a frame for example. For instance, if you have a framed mirror or a painting or picture you can go ahead and glue a few wine corks onto the frame itself or around it in a pattern in order to give it a simple and effective makeover. The corks can be painted first if you want to add some color to the design, although their natural look suits them really well. You can check out plasteranddisaster for more inspiration.
Corkboards are not typically made out of wine corks but that doesn’t mean this idea won’t work. There’s a nice tutorial on everydaydishes which explains exactly how to make a wine cork corkboard and the result is great. The frame is actually a repurposed wooden tray in this case and it works out great for this particular project. The corks are glued together and there’s twine all around the edge hiding the gaps in the corners.
We mentioned before that wine corks can be used to make original Christmas tree decorations so here’s another design idea related to that. This project comes from kj and explains how you can basically make a miniature tree. Start with a cardboard cone and glue wine corks around the whole surface in layers so you cover it all out. Add ribbon, lights and everything else you want to make your cork tree look extra pretty and festive.
Speaking of Christmas tree ornaments, isn’t this tiny reindeer adorable? It’s made of wine corks and it’s just a little something that you can hang up on your tree to give it more character. You can also display this as a decoration in other placed or offer as a little gift token to someone that you care about. In any case, be sure to check out the tutorial on cmongetcrafty to see how this reindeer is made.
Another cute Christmas-related idea is to use wine corks to make tiny miniature pine trees. The corks can be cut in half or left whole and they’re basically meant to be the trunks of the trees. The canopies are bits of pine garland which are inserted into the corks. You can make a few of these and use them as decorations in various different ways. More details about the process and more inspiring ideas can be found on livelaughrowe.
You can also repurpose a few wine corks and make cute plant markers out of them for your garden or planters. Just go ahead and take a chopstick or skewer, insert it into the bottom of a wine cork and then write something on the cork with a sharpie pen. You can also paint the chopstick and even the cork if you want to. These little markers are useful for easily identifying each plant or herb. Check out allputtogether for a quick tutorial.
Have you ever considered making some jewelry out of wine corks? It may sound strange but it’s possible and quite easy actually. These monogram earrings featured on savedbylovecreations are a cute example. The hardest part about this is cutting the wine cork into slices and making them flat and even. Once you have these, you can go ahead and paint and decorate them, then attach them to the earrings.
Here’s a little something that you can make for Valentine’s Day, although it’s not necessarily for one particular occasion only. This is a cork heart that can be used as a decoration or centerpiece. To make it all you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, some wine corks and a glue. Draw a heart on the paper, then arrange the corks along the lines and glue them together. The project is explained on sandandsisal and there are plenty of different ways in which it can be personalized.
This right here is a cork ball, something that you can use as a decoration and have displayed on a shelf, a mantel, up in a Christmas tree and so on. It’s quite abstract which is why it’s also very versatile. To make it, start with styrofoam or a paper mache ball. Take some wine corks (around 60) and a hot glue gun and attach them to the ball one by one as explained in the tutorial from sometimes-homemade.
Using wine corks to decorate existing items and accessories is quite easy. One strategy is to glue the corks around the outside of a particular item like a vase for example. That way you cover up the vase and make it look as if it’s made of wine corks only. That works particularly well with transparent glass vases, as exemplified in this simple tutorial which you can find on designimprovised.
Some projects are on a bigger scale and can require a whole lot of wine corks. One of them is an idea that comes from brit. As you can see here, you can have wine corks arranged in a certain pattern in order to create eye-catching wall art. A simple option is to make state-shaped cork installations. You might have to cut some of the corks in half in order to get the shape just right.
You can even make more complex things out of wine corks, such as a chandelier for instance. This wine cork chandelier featured on moxandfodder is quite interesting and eye-catching. There’s no actual light fixture involved in this case and this is only meant to serve as a decoration. However, there are definitely ways in which you can use wine corks to decorate a functional chandelier or a lamp for example.
One more thing that you can do with wine corks is a bath mat. This is a rather simple and straight-forward project but it does require a lot of corks. To make the mat featured on craftynest, 175 corks were used in total. They were arranged in rows onto a shelf liner and glued together one by one. The rectangular shape makes this project quite easy and if you want to try something different then you might have to adjust the design strategy and the technique used.