Craft Uses for Wine Corks

Once the cork is out of the wine bottle, it's easy to just throw it away. However, they can be used for a myriad of things, craft projects in particular. This is a guide about craft uses for corks.
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This is a guide about making a wine cork self portrait. With lots of time and patience you too can create this unique self portrait. Start collecting those corks.

Wine Cork Self Portrait

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This is a guide about making a floating wine cork keyring. A wine cork floating key ring is an easy to make, inexpensive gift for the boating or fishing enthusiast on your list.

Second photo of a wine cork key ring.

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This is a guide about making wine cork earrings. Thin slices of cork find a new purpose as part of a homemade earring project.

Wine Cork Earrings

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This is a guide about making recycled wine cork bracelets. Wine corks are easily transformed into one of a kind bracelets.

Recycled Wine Cork Bracelets

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July 18, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making a wine cork trivet. Wine corks are often used in making handcrafted trivets.

Trivet (hot pad) made from wine corks inside metal hoop

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February 24, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about making a wine cork reindeer. A recycled wine bottle cork is perfect for making this diminutive reindeer.

Making a Wine Cork Reindeer

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January 19, 2011 Flag
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Rubber wine corks make excellent erasers. Just cut one down the center and you have two useful erasers.

By Wiletta from England

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January 20, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for this tip! I don't drink wine, but the place that I work serves it. I have wondered what those could possibly be used for, and now I know!

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I have been collecting wine and champagne corks for some time now. Never knew what to do with them. Now that I am moving to a brand new apt., a.k.a. clean slate.

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Making a cork wreath is fun and uses up all those wine corks you and your friends have. I used a large wreath with greenery on it, hot glued over 300 corks and wine labels (shaped into rolls) to it. Put them close together for a really great look. You can get the corks/labels from your friends. They sort of want to get in on the fun, so share both willingly. Used this for hanging at pool side. Even in weather, it has lasted for almost ten years. Unique, cheap and fun. It is also pretty! Use any size/shape corks. PS: I actually received enough corks to do three wreaths. That's a lot of wine consumed to help with my project. LOL

By Misty from Hermanville, MS

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

I did something similar for my kitchen...I make a corkboard out of wine corks. It hangs by the telephone and is great for tacking up massages, recipes, receipts etc..

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July 28, 2011 Flag
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What do I do with wine bottles and corks, aside from the typical flower vase and trivet?

By Wanda

July 31, 20110 found this helpful

A friend of mine made a beautiful wreath made of corks with a beautiful ribbon brought through them and a bow. Also, I think a cork board made of wine corks would be very interesting.

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April 23, 2012 Flag
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What can be made with wine bottle corks?

By D. Archuleta

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Place card, business card and/or small photo holders.

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This is a guide about recycled wine cork bulletin board. Wine corks are fun to use in recycled crafts.

Handmade wine cork corkboard

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August 17, 2009 Flag
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Uses for wine corks?

By McTeapot from MA

January 17, 20100 found this helpful

You might also want to check Better Homes and Gardens' website. It is www.bhg.com. I know I have seen a wine cork wreath idea there.

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What can I do with wine corks?

By Zelda

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What can you do with wine corks! I make jewelry with them,the instructions are on Thriftyfun just use the search. I also make floating key rings and at the moment I am collecting them to sell, yes SELL on eBay to raise money for charity.

If you do a search you will find that you can get over $20 plus postage for a hundred used wine corks on eBay! I was amazed.

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July 8, 2012 Flag

I'm saving wine corks to make a bulletin board. Some of the ones that have been given to me are obviously cork and some of them look more like rubber. Does anyone know what these are made of? Are they processed cork, rubber, or plastic?

By Jacquelyn from from Walker, LA

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According to the site referenced below, Cork is basically a material that is a "prime-subset of bark tissue....from The Cork Oak" tree (also known as Quercus Suber)

(Interesting fact: "Once the trees are about 25 years old the cork is stripped from the trunks every ten years. The trees live for about 200 years. The first two harvests produce poorer quality cork.")

"As late as the mid-17th century, French vintners did not use cork stoppers, using oil-soaked rags stuffed into the necks of bottles instead.[7]

Wine corks can be made of either a single piece of cork, or composed of particles, as in champagne corks; corks made of granular particles are called "technical corks".

Natural cork closures are used for about 80% of the 20 billion bottles of wine produced each year. After a decline in use as wine-stoppers due to the increase in the use of cheaper synthetic alternatives, cork wine-stoppers are making a comeback and currently represent approximately 60% of wine-stoppers today."

Reference:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cork_(material)

http://www.uncork.biz/tidbits3.htm

However, as far as synthetic corks are concerned, "Synthetic corks are made from plastic compounds designed to look and "pop" like natural cork, but without the risk of TCA contamination".

"Screw caps or "Stelvin caps" are closures made only from aluminium material that threads onto the bottleneck. They are the predominant closure used by New Zealand wineries."

" Vino-Seal, or Vino-Lok, is a plastic/glass closure released by Alcoa. Since its introduction into the European market in 2003, over 300 wineries have utilized Vino-Seal. Using a glass stopper with an inert o-ring, the Vino-Seal creates a hermetic seal that prevents oxidation and TCA contamination. A disadvantage with the Vino-Seal is the relatively high cost of each plug (70 cents each) and cost of manual bottling due to the lack of compatible bottling equipment outside of Europe."

Find out more information and where I got the above paragraph below!

Reference:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_wine_closure

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