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Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - finished thread spool holder
Wine corks are used in a wide variety of crafts. This page contains two projects utilizing them. You can make a cute thread dispenser or a decorative candle holder.
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If you enjoyed the trivet and the coaster, I am happy. Here is day 3 and 4 of my 4 day post. This one is a bit unique and not for everyone. As someone who sews, you might like it though. The candle holder is cute too, but I wish I could have found a smaller candle. This post contains two separate craft projects, choose one or both and have fun!

Total Time: 60 Minues

Yield: 2

Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - finished candle holder

Supplies:

  • mini embroidery hoop ($0.25)
  • 8 wine corks
  • hot glue
  • steak knife
  • 1 peanut butter jar lid
  • 1 small wooden thread spool ($0.05)
  • embroidery hoop ($0.25)
  • 8 wine corks ($0.10)
  • 1 mini mason jar ($0.50)
  • 1 candle ($0.10)
  • paring knife
  • 16 in ribbon and lace (optional) ($0.15)
  • button (optional) ($0.15)
Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - partial photo of supplies

Steps:

  1. I didn't think about the spool until the craft was half done, so there is no shot of it in the supplies. But for this project, I was able to use both the inner and outer rings of the hoop. It took 8 corks total. More on that in a few. I was trying to force 9 in there and that is when I took out the center two, and it hit me. "I bet a small spool of thread would fit in there". And it took some doing to find the right size, but I did.
  2. Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - finished thread spool holder
  3. The spool sits up on a cork that has been cut in half.
  4. Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - mini hoop with 7 corks and a half cork down in the center
  5. When you have the smaller spools, it really is amazing how cool it is to not have it roll all over the table.
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  7. For the final step, I found a peanut butter lid that fit so perfectly on it that it was like the two were meant to work together. You can glue it if you like, then flip it over, or just fit the corks down in it. Or you can leave it off. I used it so it would slide a bit easier on my work table.
  8. Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - set the corks that protrude below the hoop in the lid - can be glued in place
  9. For the candle holder, it was pretty much the same thing, but with a small jar in the center instead.
  10. Sadly, I had glued the corks around the jar before I realized the candle wouldn't set inside. I had to carve it down some and wish now I had used a faux candle, but live and learn I guess. I glued the corks around the jar and added the finishing touches. I wanted it to be a bit prettier so I put some lace and ribbon around it, adding a snail button.
  11. Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - continue glueing corks
    Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder
    Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - add a length of lace
    Recycled Cork Thread Dispenser and a Candle Holder - add a length of narrow ribbon over the lace
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