Craft Uses for 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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Second photo of a wine cork key ring.
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Wine Cork Earrings or Charms

By ayesha christmas 38 130

I crafted these earrings and a charm from slices of wine corks and scraps from the bottom of my bead box. I think they are pretty good value for around 20 cents per pair! Wine Cork Earrings or Charms

Approximate Time: 15-30 minutes

Supplies:

  • wine corks
  • seed beads
  • crimp beads
  • crimping pliers
  • beading wire or thread
  • pliable wire
  • round nose pliers
  • darning needle
Wine Cork Earrings or Charms

Instructions:

  1. Using a sharp knife and a cutting board, slice the wine corks through. You should get 5 or 6 discs from each one. Try to keep the thickness similar as you are looking to make pairs of earrings.
  2. If you are not confident, mark the cork at 2 mm intervals along the length of the cork, then use the marks as a guide. You should end up with a pile like the one in the photo.
  3. Once you have found a matching pair, you can choose your beads and start making your earrings and charms.
  4. For the heart design, use 2 acrylic red hearts and 22 seed beads. Push a hole through the center of the cork with the darning needle then, push through 9 inches of 34 gauge beading wire. Leave a 3 inch tail on the wrong side popping on a bit of tape to stop it pulling through. Next thread 3 seed beads, making sure that they are at the front before pushing the wire back round. Do this several times. Finally pass the wire through and round the heart bead to hold it in place.
  5. Bring both ends of the wire to the top of the cork and after you are happy with the position of the beads twist them together a few times. Trim to around 1 inch, this will form the loop to hang from the earring wire. Pop on a couple seed beads to disguise the wire.
  6. Push the twisted wires through a crimp bead then through the loop of the earring wire then back through the crimp bead. Use pliers to crimp the bead and tuck any excess back through the seeds beads.
  7. Wine Cork Earrings

  8. I made the spoke wheel charm in a similar way except I used a few bugle beads to make the spokes and split and beaded the two wires before twisting and securing to a jump ring using a crimp bead.
  9. For the large drops, use pliable aluminum wire and round nose pliers to form the spiral shape, bend it over the top and round the cork then, push the wire through a large pearl bead, back up and then holding the whole thing gently but firmly give the bead half a twist to hold it in place. Then take the wire back to the top and use pliers to fix the earring to the earring wires.

These were quick, fun and very cheap to make. Wine Cork Earrings

By Ayesha from Sovenia, EU

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Recycled Wine Cork Bracelets

By ayesha christmas 38 130

I made this collection of bracelets with slices of wine corks, garden twine, beads from my craft box, scrap findings and fine gauge copper wire. The only thing I had to buy in was the crimp beads, which are not expensive and save much time and fiddling around trying to tie little knots. Recycled Wine Cork Bracelets

I was really pleased with the results and have already had great feedback and even some orders! I think this is a great craft for adults and teens to try.

Approximate Time: 1-2 hours for the three bracelets

Supplies:

  • slices of wine cork
  • crimp beads
  • elastic thread
  • a few small wooden beads
  • a large blunt needle like a crewel needle
  • beading thread
  • jute string
  • seed beads
  • fine copper wire
  • a lighted candle

Instructions:

Once you have all the supplies together, you will quickly come up with your own designs. Basically for the bronze charm bracelet, I threaded up large seed beads onto stretch beading thread them made the charms or, like the butterfly one, just used bits from my bead box.

The technique for embellishing the cork beads is to heat up the point of the needle then use it to pierce holes in the cork slices. You can then thread wire, beads, string through the holes. Crimp beads are used to secure the hanging loops and beading thread to the fasteners.

For the string bracelet (which is really just a variation on the friendship bracelet idea but much faster to make!) I just cut a long piece of string and threaded on larger glass beads and cork slices. For a more chunky feel, I used knots to secure everything and made a loop and bead catch.

I think the best thing about these designs is that they can be as simple or complex as the person making them can manage! (oh yes, and they are also very frugal too)

By Ayesha from Slovenia EU

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Floating Wine Cork Keyring

By ayesha christmas 38 130

A frugal, floating keyring made from wine corks and scrap is a great Christmas gift for any boat enthusiast or fisherman. Second photo of a wine cork key ring.

Approximate Time: 20-30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 1 large, metal split ring
  • 2 wooden or plastic beads
  • a long, blunt needle
  • 3 feet of strong, fine twine
  • 8 wine corks which need to be the same size
  • tool to heat up the needle, ex: a candle

Instructions:

Use the heated needle to make a hole through the centre of the length of the 8 corks.

Take 2 X 18 inches of thread loop and pull them through so that they are doubled and you have 4 pieces of thread hanging from the metal split ring. Tie them all together with a single knot.

Thread all four ends onto one of the wooden or plastic beads.

Now separate the four strands and thread 2 corks onto each one. Thread the four strands back through another bead, and then tie them together again in a single knot.

To prevent fraying, but only if you are using thread with nylon or polythene content, quickly melt the thread below the bead.

This craft will make any fisherman smile, especially if it is made from his own wine corks! They float just as well as the key rings you can buy in Chandlers, and are practically free as they can be made totally from scrap! Photo of a wine cork key ring.

By Ayesha C

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Tiny Leprechaun

By Donna 309 325

This simple leprechaun can be a cute addition to your table, place setting or in a centerpiece, or hide a few around the house and have the kids try to find him to claim a 'pot o gold'.

Leprechaun craft made from wine corks.

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Tip: Craft: Wine Cork Self Portrait

By Dave 1 1

Here is a self portrait I made of myself out of wine corks. It took me 4 years to complete. The smaller the image or the further back you are, the easier it is to see.

Wine Cork Self Portrait

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Question: Piercing a Wine Cork for Stringing

By Successs 1

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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    Tip: Rubber Wine Cork Eraser

    By Janet 5 3

    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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    Tip: Cork Wreath Out of Wine Corks

    By Marjorie 3 2

    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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    Question: Uses for Wine Bottles and Corks

    By WandaDee 2

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

    By Wanda

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    By Louise B. 6 2,509 Flag

    July 31, 2011

    If you have a lot of wine bottles, perhaps you can give them to someone who makes homemade wine.

    Here is Saskatchewan, we can return them to the depot for a deposit, just like pop and beer bottles. Perhaps you should lobby your local/state government to bring in a bottle deposit to encourage recycling. There are only so many crafts one can use bottles for, although I have seen people make fancy fences and walls out of them, cementing them in like bricks.

    You can make Christmas ornaments out of corks, angels and reindeer. If you have a lot of corks, you could donate them to a school or day care or Sunday school for crafts.

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    Question: Crafts Using Wine Bottle Corks

    What can be made with wine bottle corks?

    By D. Archuleta

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    thr522587 Flag

    May 1, 2012

    Just realized the photo example I inserted yesterday to show you what they look like didn't post so here it is:

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    Question: Wine Cork Craft Ideas

    By YZelda Rodriguez 1

    What can I do with wine corks?

    By Zelda

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    By Lucy 49 25 Flag

    November 11, 2010

    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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    Question: Wine Corks for Crafting

    By Jacquelyn Valentine 13 193

    Pile of corks.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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    By Crafty_Witch 12 36 Flag

    July 15, 2012

    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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    Recycled Wine Cork Bulletin Boards

    Handmade wine cork corkboardEver 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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    Question: What Are Some Simple Wine Cork Craft Projects?

    By PAM 1

    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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    By hesta smith 1 Flag

    April 29, 2010

    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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    Question: Can Wine Corks be Used for Outdoor Crafts

    By Meridith 1

    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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    By Lauren 6 Flag

    July 13, 2006

    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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