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Craft Uses for Wine Corks

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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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November 29, 20160 found this helpful

Second photo of a wine cork key ring.

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.

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November 29, 20160 found this helpful

Wine Cork Self Portrait

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.

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November 29, 20160 found this helpful

Wine Cork Earrings

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

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November 29, 20160 found this helpful

Recycled Wine Cork Bracelets

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

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February 24, 20160 found this helpful

Making a Wine Cork Reindeer

This is a guide about making a wine cork reindeer. A recycled wine bottle cork is perfect for making this diminutive reindeer.

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July 18, 20160 found this helpful

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

This is a guide about making a wine cork trivet. Wine corks are often used in making handcrafted trivets.

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January 19, 2011

Rubber wine corks make excellent erasers. Just cut one down the center and you have two useful erasers.

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April 15, 20040 found this helpful

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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July 11, 2007

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.

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February 20, 20121 found this helpful

Handmade wine cork corkboard

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

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February 20, 20121 found this helpful

Handmade wine cork corkboard

Ever wondered what to do with all those wine corks that you have been saving for some reason? Well here is the answer to that problem: make a recycled cork-board.

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July 28, 2011

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

By Wanda

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July 30, 20110 found this helpful

Hello, I use corks to put under a pot lid. I put the cork (corks) under the top handle of the lid so I don't burn myself when I lift it. Works great!

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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, 20120 found this helpful

What can be made with wine bottle corks?

By D. Archuleta

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April 24, 20120 found this helpful

They are fun to create little characters. Children love it. Glue whatever features you want onto them. Put a hook through them if you want and make them into Christmas ornaments.

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April 30, 20120 found this helpful

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

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August 17, 2009

Uses for wine corks?

By McTeapot from MA

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September 16, 20090 found this helpful

If you click on Woman's Day Magazine wine cork Christmas tree under related links, you will find directions for a cute holiday project. I made one and am making another. We always have lots of corks because we make home made wine.

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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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December 7, 2015

I have a large collection of wine corks and I'm not sure what the best way is to pierce one. I would like to be able to string 4 ft. long, vertical rows of cork, instead of gypsy beads, directly in front of the stairs and across the top of the foyer. Is there an efficient tool someone could recommend, or, could someone provide some relevant information on this? Also, is there some underlying process that I should know about staining wine corks? My last question is; what strength and what kind of wire should I use? Sorry, I've never started a craft like this and need help! Peace.

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November 10, 2010

What can I do with wine corks?

By Zelda

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November 10, 20100 found this helpful

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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November 11, 20100 found this helpful

When I was a child we used to burn the end of a wine cork to make a black tip and use it to give ourselves moustaches and beards for fancy-dress parties.

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July 8, 2012

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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July 15, 20120 found this helpful

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!

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http://en.wikip  ive_wine_closure

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April 27, 2010

I am interested in making wine cork crafts, either a wreath or trivet. I am looking for anything fairly simple and not too cutesy. Thanks.

By Pam from Oklahoma City, OK

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April 29, 20100 found this helpful

HI - I got a cork bulletin board and covered it (glued) entirely with corks. I put on a leafy vine and fake grapes across the top. Looks great in my kitchen!

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June 24, 2006

Can wine corks be used for outdoor projects? Could you make an outdoor bar with wine corks? Will mold be an issue? Basically, are wine corks weatherproof and usable in outdoor settings.

Cork Fanatic from New Jersey

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July 13, 20060 found this helpful

Because corks are porous, they can be a mold issue. Just make sure the water isn't standing on the corks for too long, or you could put a coat or two of polyrathane (the stuff found by the paints and stains at your local Home Depot of Lowes) on it. That will waterseal it and be completely clear. GOOD IDEA!

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August 17, 20090 found this helpful

I am looking for craft ideas for wine corks. Any ideas?

By raven69 from Northern CA

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Crafts Made With Wine Corks

My friend's mom made an awesome wreath for her apartment. It probably took between 150 - 200 wine corks. (07/20/2009)

By jlct67

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

I made a lot of horses out of corks, 1 for head, 1 for body and I cut two for the legs or, if small, use 4, and glue a little yarn for mane. She did a western Christmas tree. (07/21/2009)

By sallysue

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July 2, 20090 found this helpful

Turn those wine corks into cool crafts!
Turn those wine corks into cool crafts!

I want information on making crafts from wine corks such as wreaths, trivets, coasters, and bulletin boards. I want to know how to cut the cork so that it does not come apart.

I have been looking for a book of patterns and ideas along with care and instructions, but I only find free information that is not thorough enough. Can you help me with this information?

Thank you.
Rebecca

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Crafts Made With Wine Corks

Place corsage pins, the kind with large pearl heads, loaded with beads in a star pattern into the sides of the cork. Makes a great snowflake ornament. Use a good sharp knife, pressing downward, not saw like.

A light coat of clear nail polish may help keep them from crumbling too, and you would still be able to pierce them or glue them, but not sure about heat resistance afterward. Trial and error, trial and error. (01/30/2009)

By Dedeswrkshop

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

Do you wanna go big-time? here's a link:

http://www.handmadedetroit.com/2007/03/27/project-crawl-revisited-wine-cork-craft-and-art/ (01/31/2009)

By kimhis

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

I use corks when I'm having a fancy dinner. Stand them upright and make a slit in the top. Write someones name on a piece of card stock and insert into the slit. These make for perfect place cards, or if you're serving a buffet, these place cards can tell you what the different food items are. (02/04/2009)

By Adrianne

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

I just used a sharp craft knife and as long as the corks are in good condition to start with this seems to help. They make great notice boards and mine is a fabulous souvenir of a trip to New Zealand (the bartender let me have a bag full.).
(02/06/2009)

By H

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

Hey crafters, I've painted them white for snowman. Use fingertip off old glove for hat, paint toothpick orange for nose, piece of ribbon around base for scarf, paint eyes and mouth on. Another idea is to paint them orange. Put pumpkin face on with black paint. I've used both ideas for table settings. Put ribbon in top of cork and tie around napkin. Each person gets a little take home gift. I've made over 30 at a time. My kids have helped to paint. Make it easy and you'll have fun; creative fun from recycling. Cyndi (02/06/2009)

By Cyndi

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

I made a chair rail using wine corks. I got the idea from seeing a whole wall covered with them. See attached photo. (02/09/2009)

By Lee M.

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January 29, 20090 found this helpful

Tips and ideas for making crafts with wine corks.

Wine Cork Wreaths

Make wine cork wreaths - hold the corks together using straightened paperclips and bend into a round shape. Add tiny ribbon bows between each cork or one large bow on top as a hanger. Make great gifts!

By Valerie

A Bulletin Board

Cut them in 1/2 length wise and glue them next to each other and you've got a message center. Thumb tack notes to it.

By Jay

Finger Puppets

You can paint them and then paint faces on them. Add hair and then attach, with glue, a piece of wrap around velcro to back side of wine cork. You can then attach this to your finger to use as a finger puppet. Add doll clothes to your fingers or even attach clothes to base of cork for more details. They make cute dolls.

By tklein9382

Dining Room Baseboard

They make a really attractive dining room baseboard. Cut them in half, stick on the wall, and top with a piece of quarter-round.

By Dragon

Decorator Wreath Idea

Wine corks and miniature wine bottles makes a nice decorator wreath.

By Syd

Drum Beads

Here's a new one I just ran into:

Fiber Drum Necklace

This shows you how to fabricate wine corks into little drums to use as beads in a necklace. Requires small pieces of leather, thread and cork.

http://www.beadwrangler.com/project3main.htm

By Susan from ThriftyFun

Wine Cork Hot Pad

While helping to clean up after my nephew's wedding, I gathered all the wine corks. Later at home I made them into a hot pad or trivet. I just arranged them in a single layer in rows, turning them so the top was up and the next one the top was down, as they are fatter at the top, turning them help equal that out, till I found what I thought looked good and then hot glued them together.

Glued a ribbon around them, so it made a loop at the top to be hung up if they wished. Wrote on the back of it with a Sharpie permanent marker their names and wedding date & my name. I hope that gives you another idea.

By trashcrafter

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Crafts Made With Wine Corks

To add to the hot pad feedback - my sister takes a picture frame, without the glass, and glues the half corks inside the confines of the edges. This gives it a more finished look, and you can still glue a ribbon on it to hang it. (07/27/2006)

By mrsmutt

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

I keep wine corks in a basket with a pretty ribbon tied on the basket handle. It can be displayed with a wine bottle in a wine basket on a pretty tray; embellished with artificial flowers/artificial grape clusters or even real flowers and grapes; tuck some greenery between the flowers and grapes . This arrangement would be nice for a couple's gathering with hor d'orves, drinks, etc. (07/06/2007)

By WandaJo

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

For the hot plates what kind of glue did you use? Glue gun isn't holding and I'm afraid it might melt with a hot pan on it? Help!
mhprep AT hotmail.com (09/12/2007)

By maggi

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

I saw in one of the women's mags a Christmas tree (centerpiece) made out of wine corks. Does any one know which magazine it was. Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal? (10/29/2007)

By amy

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

The Christmas tree made of wine corks was in Woman's Day, Dec 5 2006 issue. (02/17/2008)

By cj

Crafts Made With Wine Corks

Hi all, here's one I haven't seen yet. My son had a project using trash at school and I had kept a bagful of corks from our local restaurant. We used the corks and built a Log Cabin house.

Using a shoe box cut out windows and doors and then as they normally lay out logs extending at the corner of the house do the same with the logs (corks). They are easily cut by placing on your cutting board and using a sharp knife. We used whole corks but you could also cut them in half lengthwise. Get Corking! (05/08/2008)

By Rebecca

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