Winter is a time for celebration! So pop open a bottle of wine or champagne this holiday season, and don’t forget to save those corks! If you are looking for something creative to do with a collection of wine corks, why not put them to good use in the home? Whether it’s coasters, a trivet, or a beautiful centerpiece for your kitchen table, wine corks are so much fun to work with and the results can be stunning. Here are some creative home and kitchen design ideas that incorporate wine corks in clever ways!
Wine Cork Coasters
Coasters are a simply perfect way to reuse and recycle wine corks, since cork is naturally waterproof. You will need between 25 to 30 corks for this project. You will also need four thin cork circles from the craft store or thin wooden frames, and a hot glue gun with sticks. Using a sharp blade on a cutting mat, slice your corks into two even halves. Arrange and hot glue the corks flat side down on the cork circles or within the square wooden frames. Using your blade cut off any overlap once the glue has dried. Carefully sand down the edges until they are smooth.
Wine Cork Wreath
If you have a large collection of corks, you can make a beautiful wine cork wreath for your front door. You will likely need around 250 corks for this project! You will also need a flat Styrofoam wreath form, Start by wrapping a large roll of burlap ribbon around your Styrofoam form, and adhere with expanding craft glue such as Elmer’s Ultimate. Once your burlap is in place, arrange your corks in concentric circles starting at the outer edge and working your way in to the center, again using expanding glue that will fill in the cracks. Once your wreath is completed and dry, top with a burlap ribbon bow and a sprig of faux berries or grape leaves.
Wine Cork Hurricane Vase with Candle
For this easy project, you will start with a hurricane jar. Place a tall electric candle in the center, and fill the jar with corks. It’s as simple as that! Plus it makes an absolutely gorgeous statement for very little effort when placed in pairs on the ends of a fireplace mantle.
Wine Cork Trivet
Making a wine cork trivet is similar to making wine cork coasters. Swap out your small cork circles for a thin piece of cork cut into an 8×8-inch square or a square wooden frame. Again, slice your corks into two even halves using a sharp blade on a cutting mat. Arrange and hot glue the corks flat side down on the cork square or within the frame. Using your blade, cut off any overlap once the glue has dried. Carefully sand down the edges until they are smooth.
Wine Cork Centerpiece
Like the hurricane vase, this project is another easy way to decorate with wine corks. Start with an oval tray filled with wine corks. Evenly space three glass candle jars in the tray, nestled in the wine corks. For a designer touch, choose colored glass that compliments your kitchen cabinets. Place a small electric candle in each jar to add ambiance to your kitchen.
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