Anna is back! She’s the DIY guru over at Bargainmoose.ca, and she’s once again come up with some pretty nifty ways to use up leftover household items. This time, it’s all about wine corks! And since we all know that the amount of wine we consume is in direct relation to the age of our kids (and how many more reasons they give us to drink), I’d say you’ve got a few of these hanging around your kitchen :)
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Without further ado, she gives us…
For those of us who like a little glass of grape juice in the evenings, we find that there might be quite a lot of leftover wine corks. Don’t trash them – save them up and get crafty!
1. Wine Cork Boards
The most simple thing to do with your leftover wine corks is to make a cork board. The board has many uses, from a simple board to pin papers and notes to, or even a jewellery hanger. There’s a pretty good tutorial for this on Howstuffworks. However, you can deviate from the tutorial by arranging the corks in many different patterns, or even putting the corks in a stunning frame, as you can see in the image above from 4EyesAndEars.
Making letters or initials out of wine corks can make a really nice point of interest for a wall. Here at Diyswensonstyle, you can see how the finished craft should look. These would be a great idea to spell out a name in a child’s nursery. You could even go one step further and paint each cork in different colours, making a visually stunning piece. (Image credit to Hmhdesigns)
3. Wine Cork Hanging Decoration
Here on Thepartydress, they’ve come up with a novel idea for a hanging decoration, a sphere made from the leftover wine corks. As they say, it could make a really great idea as a decoration for your cocktail party! It’s a simple polystyrene ball, and loads of corks. :)
Over on Twotwenty-one.com, Chelsea has made a funky candle holder. While this one isn’t as much a craft, it’s more of a cute display method for the leftover wine corks – it still looks great.
If you’re a bit more creatively inclined, you could even construct sculptures or toys from the leftover wine corks. There’s a great example of this here on Lilblueboo where they’ve made a wine cork sculpture in the shape of a giraffe! It’s a mish-mash of wire hangers, duct tape, glue and corks. Looks super!
Have you seen any other good tutorials or ideas of things to do with leftover wine corks?
I saw a craft to do in the Toronto Sun newspaper with corks. Cut the in half lengthways, and with a glue gun, attach them to cork tile to make a mat to place hot dishes on.
Amazing! It makes perfect sense, because I have two cork trivets! Thanks for sharing :)
Neat! I read a magazine article where a couple did a cork floor for their bathroom out of their collected wine corks (sliced into circles) :)
OOOH – how unique! They must have been real winos to cover an entire floor, though, LOL
Kyla @ Mommy's Weird
This is so awesome. Beyond awesome!
Doesn’t Anna present some awesome ideas?
My mother-in-law made wine cork wreaths and gave one to us a few Christmases ago. They were pretty neat.
Is that ever original! Did she decorate them as well, or was is just the corks?
Actually they were nicely decorated with Christmasy things, little golden bells and fake hollies and berries and pinecones. When I first got it, my first thought was, my, do they ever drink alot!. But I am sure they collected the corks over the years.
Hahaha I’d be thinking the same thing – but I just realized that you could probably drop into your favourite restaurant and take a handful off them too :) Sounds pretty fabulous!
That sounds novel, I like the idea :)
My favourite is the “cork board” jewelry organizer.
I love that one too, Victoria!
In Victoria, BC there was a house made completely out of bottles…no corks though. It was a bit of a oddity and eventuI believe that the Government bought the land to widen the highway. It was called the Glass Castle.
Teresa, thanks so much for letting me know about this! I Googled it and checked out pictures… WOW!!
Very cool! I am going to try the wine cork board. I mean, if I can find enough corks. :)
Haha Tania good luck to you!
These ideas are awesome, I love the idea for the earrings.May put my hubby to work to do this :P
Definitely neat ideas.
This is really interesting. My mother has been collecting corks for quite a while. It would be great to find something to do with them.
I haven’t had a cork in a while (most of my choice wines use screw tops) but these projects are so cute!
cute ideas but all I can think is man I wouldn’t want to have to dust it