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Jul 01

Fun Things To Do With Wine Corks

Tired of making room for all of the corks you have collected. I know I hate to throw them away, but I often don’t know what to do with them. I went on a search for uses for all these corks and found some great creative ideas!

Napkin rings – Drill a hole in the center, thread pretty ribbon through and tie.

Wreath – I found this fun idea for a wreath at Strat’s Place. You just need corks and a hot glue gun. check out this picture of the final product.

Stamps – Carve the ends into letters or shapes and stamp in ink, paint, wax….

Placecard holder- Slice about a quarter of the length off to make a straight base. Cut a slit in the top and insert the placecard.

Earing back – Wrip off a tiny bit and viola!

Bobber for fishing – Make a hole in the middle of the cork and string it onto your line for an easy bobber!

These people used corks to cover the wall around their bar! It is amazing! I have also heard of people using them for backsplashes (coated in polyuithaine) and as borders around a mirror.

Cork Table Top – Use corks to cover the top of a small side (or you could do a coffee sized one too) table. Determine pattern (I alway like the two corks horizontal, two corks vertical pattern myself) Glue with hot gun and top with a piece of glass. Great solution for one of those stained tables you bought at a garage sale and just never got around to refinishing.

I saw a French chef on PBS use corks as pour spouts in bottles of vinegar and olive oil. He just used an old cork, cut a small wedge out (lengthwise) and inserted inside the bottle opening. Works great-no more worrying about dumping to much out.

Slice into discs and use to even out uneven chair legs or under glass table tops to keep them from sliding and getting scratched.

How to Make a Cork Trivet
Wine cork trivets an easy and popular use of extra wine corks. You don’t need very many to make a trivet. You put together a simple wooden frame, set against a thin backing. Remember that corks are typically 3/4″ wide by 1 1/2 – 2″ long – so make the inside of the trivet in multiples of those numbers. 12″ x 12″, for example.

Glue the corks in place, in a cross pattern. When the corks have dried, put small fabric dots on the four corners of the trivet, to help protect your table against scratches. Or you can use cross sections from another piece of cork!

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