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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Magnetic Cork Planters
This hack is just for decoration, but your guests will be so impressed! Hollow out a cork leaving a small edge around the sides and bottom. Hot glue a magnet to the side of the cork and plant a small succulent in the hole. It really is simple and easy to maintain, even for those of us without a green thumb.
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What could be better than enjoying a glass of wine in a flourishing garden? Once you've reached the bottom of the bottle, save the cork to use as a plant marker. Pierce the cork with a skewer and write the plant or herb directly on the end with the cork. These work great outside because corks are water resistant.
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Wine Glass Charms
This hack works like a charm! To make these personalized wine glass markers, you'll first want to steam the corks on the stove top for ten minutes and then cut them into half-inch charms. Stamp them with whatever letter or symbol you choose and attach to the stem of the wine glass. No more Moscato mix-ups for you!