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DIY wine cork ideas
Here are some cool ideas to unleash your productivity with little cost and create stylish and practical household and outdoor items for home. These mini-projects can also be creative and sentimental gift idea for your wine loving friends.
Have a stash of wine corks somewhere saved? The good news is, even if you don’t have the corks already – you have and excuse to collect them.
These projects involve drinking wine.
Wine Cork Birdhouse
What you’ll need:
- Hot-Temp Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks for the Glue Gun
- Wine Corks: You’ll need 130-200 of these.
- Sharp Knife
The corks… If you’ve just gone searching for last nights’ remnants to start the cork collection and thinking it might take too long to drink them. We suggest buying bags of corks online to start the project right away. Although its definitely more fun if you drink them.
Wine Cork Cheese Knives
Don’t have many corks lying around and want to start today?
If you have just a few wine corks sitting on your counter, repurpose them by turning them into cheese knives.
What you’ll need:
- Cheese Knife with wooden handles
Tip: Scour your local goodwill store for a set of cheese knives that have tacky handles and swamp them out for corks with a few simple tools. Or, use this as a great excuse to finally fix your set with a broken handle. You can always order handle-less cheese knives online for a cheap price and add your own corks, too.
- Gently loosen the handles using pliers and an adjustable wrench
- Use your hands to remove handles completely
- Use a small, sharp knife to make a hole in the wine cork
- Insert the blade into the cork
Wine Cork Tablemat
Here’s a practical project that is a simple DIY substitute to buying a new kitchen heat mat, table mat or if you have a few corks – new set of placemats.
What you’ll need:
- Approximately 50 wine corks.
- Don’t have some handy? …. You have some options: (a) drink lots of wine (b) ask your local restaurants, bars or wine shops or (c) buy them online
- Utility knife
- Hot glue gun
Tip: Use as many red wine corks as possible to add some beautiful shades of red to your placemat.
1. Cut corks horizontally into small pieces (about 5-6 pieces each). All pieces should be similar in size so that when they are glued together, you can easily place objects on top, but don’t worry about making them exact. A little contrast in size actually gives the finished product a beautiful look.
2. Place the corks into your desired shape and glue each cork to one another using a glue gun (you only need a small amount). I suggest placing a large piece of cardboard underneath in case any pieces get stuck to your work surface.
3. If they do, use a knife to gently scrape them off and remove.
Can’t be bothered with the DIY stuff?
We’re not too keen on making a mess either. No judgement here….
Here’s some wine home decor suggestions you can put together easily for a small price – if you do opt to purchase. Some you can ‘semi-create’ too.
Metal Monogram Wine Cork Holders
A simply project that has two options of whether you prefer to fill the borders with corks of not. When purchased the frames looks distinctive empty. Simply fill with tokens from your most loved wines. Great for storytelling and savouring memories of delicious wines drank previously.
- When you finish a bottle, simply save the cork and add it to this monogram-shaped frame.
- Start from the bottom and build your way up.
- Use a dot of glue on each cork for extra security.
Battery Operated Fairy Lights
These lights are lovely positioning lights to any decorative or holiday project.
Once finished your bottle of wine, wash it out and use them as decorations. You can also use glass bottles, soda bottles, beer bottles and many other kinds of bottles.
- Lovely additions for parties, garden, patio pathways, indoor decoration, weddings and outdoor decoration.
- Safe and Energy Saving: With the waterproof wire lights, it will be absolutely safe if you want some water in the bottle.
- This DIY wine bottle lights is safe for children to touch, and it is flexible enough to become your desired shape.
- The strings are waterproof, but the cork body is not.
- Cool to touch, easy to operate.
Round Wine Cork Board
Never miss a friend’s birthday again. Create a wine cork board for your home. Cork boards are nifty home addition to pin up reminders such as; to-do-lists and birthdays, wedding invitations, Christmas cards, and can even be used for ear ring stands.
Once you have this cork-craft hanging in your home, you’ll realize how nice is it to have a little keepsake of all the lovely wines you’ve drank to preserve the memories. Cork boards can spice up your beige kitchen with character, and are eco friendly. Corks otherwise normally end up in the bin.
What you’ll need:
- A wooden frame in the desired size. The glass is not needed, so look for a wooden frame that is meant to frame canvas paintings. These frames have a deeper thickness to them.
- A piece of wood for behind the frame, cut to the size of the frame
- Hammer and Nails
- Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
- Razor Blade
- Lots of wine corks!
For instructions to make your first wine cork board, watch the video below.
For more cool design ideas, check out some other patterns.
- Your corks should be sealed flat to the back of the wood
- Ensure that your cork ends are flat, snip and bulges or imperfections, and make cuts to suit your desired pattern