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Creative Uses for Wine Corks

Save your leftover wine corks from last night's party -- these creative wine cork ideas can be put to use in these fun projects and cork crafts for your home.


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    • Drink-Table Artwork

      Add pizazz to a party table with a festive phrase created from leftover wine corks. Get thin wooden letters (available at crafts stores) and hot-glue the corks to them to create a three-dimensional effect. To make things interesting, use both the plain and wine-stained ends of the corks when assembling your letters. Hang on the wall behind a table full of drinks and other party goodies.

    • Special Occasion Wine Display

      Remember milestones with a sophisticated bowl of dated wine corks. Each time you open a bottle to celebrate an event, write the name and date of the event in permanent marker on the cork. Once you have a collection, artfully arrange them in a bowl to make a memorable table centerpiece.

    • Wine Cork Stamp

      You don't need to save a bunch of wine corks for this fun stamp project. Use a crafts knife to carefully cut away small pieces from a wine cork to make a shape, such as a round fish or leaf (shown). Dip the cork end into paint, making sure that the cork isn't too heavily coated. Wash the cork in between color changes, or switch to the other end of the cork.

      Editor's Tip: Before cutting your cork, soak it in water for at least 30 minutes. If the cork is too dry, it will split and crumble when you cut it.

    • Watch: How to Make a Wine Cork Trivet

      For a bright and functional tabletop accessory, cut wine corks into half-inch pieces and hot-glue together to form a trivet. Watch this short video to get the full project instructions.

    • Wine Cork and Candle Centerpiece

      For a centerpiece in a snap, place a small candle in the center of a tall glass candleholder and surround with a handful of wine corks. Make sure your candle stands out by elevating it with a wood block or other sturdy item -- don't worry about appearance, since it will be hidden by the corks.

    • Wine Cork Bulletin Board

      Transform a regular bulletin board or frame from simple to sophisticated with wine corks you've saved over the years. Fit rows of wine corks end to end inside a frame, then hot-glue them together to create a fun space for pinning items.

      Editor's Tip: Hang this board in the kitchen and use it to pin weekly recipes or other handy cooking cutouts.

    • Wine Cork Curtain Accent

      Create a rustic curtain decoration that's both functional and pretty -- all it takes is a wine cork and a bit of twine. To make the simple accent, gather the curtain fabric and tie with twine. After tying the first knot, add a wine cork and tie another knot around it. Secure with a dab of hot glue to keep the cork in place.

    • Floating Wine Corks and Candles Centerpiece

      Pretty up a party table with this floating wine cork and candle display. Use twine to securely tie groups of three wine corks together, adding dabs of hot glue to make sure they hold together. Fill a wide glass candleholder with 2 to 3 inches of water, and float fresh flower on the surface. Add the wine cork "rafts" and top with tea lights for a centerpiece that's sure to impress.

    • Wine Cork Hanging Cluster

      Mix and match corks from wine bottles and jugs to create an appealing, unique cluster for pinning small items. Hot-glue the corks to a floating shelf or frame to add flair to your space, then hang special items with colorful tacks.

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      Wine Cork Lamp Display

      Add a simple and sophisticated accent to a side table by filling a clear lamp base with wine corks.

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      DIY Drink Stations (Cheers!)

      Our favorite party trend? Creative DIY drink stations that let party-goers play mixologist. We're sharing our favorite beverage stations, including an infused vodka station, a mojito station, and more. Once you set out the listed supplies, you're all ready to party!
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