6 DIY Projects with Corks

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Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine? I know I do. And if you are a lover of DIY, once the bottle is empty you can put the “trash” to good use with a few projects. Here are 6 Cork-Centric DIY Projects that give you a great excuse to drink more wine!

1. Cork Trivet

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Years ago I scored a DIY cork trivet kit at the thrift shop. It was a wooden frame with backing – so simple, all there was to do was glue corks into the frame. This trivet gets a lot of use in our household, and makes me smile every time I lay eyes on it. Keep your eyes open when thrifting for wooden cigar boxes, shadow box type frames, or serving trays – you can easily glue corks into the center – and have your very own handy trivet for hot dishes.

2. Cork Board

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Basically this is the same principle as the cork trivet, but on a larger scale. Look for bad art with thick frames when you are second-hand shopping. (If you don’t like the color of the frame, you can easily spray paint it.) You can create different looks by creating patterns with the corks on their side, or you can stand them up straight and see the color of the wine cork.

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Tip: It’s important to see if your pattern will fit into the frame properly, so line up the corks first before you start gluing. This allows you to adjust your pattern accordingly. For example – my cork board has a central vertical stripe down it’s center, rather than adhering to the pattern that is on both sides.

3. Children’s Art Display

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This DIY project couldn’t be any easier. Create a rotating art display by simply gluing corks vertically to a yard stick. My children vie for space on the fridge to hang up their weekly masterpieces. With the colossal magnet collection we have covering it, art projects appear to get lost, so I DIY’d a solution!

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Tip: Purchase a yard stick with holes already drilled on both sides, it makes hanging a snap! Wood glue works best. Apply several inches length of glue at one time on the stick. Also, apply glue to the side of the cork for extra stability.

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Now that we have this new mini-gallery display, the kids cannot wait until Friday to change out their pieces. It is hung low, so they have the ability to change out the art as often as they see fit.

4. Cork Filled Vessels

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Talk about an easy DIY (I almost feel guilty calling this a DIY!) Fill a large glass candle holder or vase with loose corks that you have on hand. Tada – you have a unique art piece and a definite conversation starter.

5. Cork Wreath

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Take a metal wreath form, and hot glue your plastic corks in rings until you’ve reached the desired thickness. (Use a craft knife for halving if you only have space left for half of a cork.)

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Tip: Use plastic corks if you can live in a damp climate. This way you can hang the wreath outdoors without worrying that it will mold.

Once you’ve completed the wreath shape, wrap it in burlap ribbon, and fashion some circular flowers out of felted wool sweaters with button center. I added the letter N to this wreath using chipboard with a few coats of spray paint.

6. Cork Garland

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It doesn’t get much more festive than this! To make, simply drill a hole through your cork, and use a tapestry needle and yarn to join your strand. Wooden beads add an optional pop of color. Drape the garland around your Christmas tree or hang it from the ceiling above your bar.

we heartsters – How large is your cork collection?

All photos: Rachel for we heart this

Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.

rachelshay

rachelshay

A stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. Military wife. Craftaholic. Mother to the Danger Boys.
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7 thoughts on “6 DIY Projects with Corks”

  1. amity

    These all look so great–because I am lazy, I am definitely doing the cork-filled vessel first. Now, do you have any genius ideas for re-purposing the actual wine bottles, too? There are some that are so pretty, but then what do you do with them? I think some could be cut off into cool drinking glasses, but that seems entirely too MacGyver-ish for me!

    1. rachelshay

      I loved the wine bottles that are repurposed into cheese plates/serving platters, when flattened. I think a kiln might be necessary for that DIY! Wild flowers could look rustic & pretty in the right bottle!

  2. lipglossandspandex

    Oooh I love that garland idea!!! How cute and different. I don’t drink wine all that often… but I do have a beer drinking issue haha. My roommate’s brother is trying out his hand at homebrewing, so at least the bottles are going to good use.

  3. kellie76

    I am not much of a wine drinker but have always loved corks. Weird, right? These are unique and awesome DIY cork ideas. I am totally going to give a few a try. Now I must figure out how to get a hold of a bunch of corks. Hmmm…..

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