Years ago, my boyfriend and I decided to begin collecting corks from special moments in our lives and writing short notes on them to remember the occasions. There came a point when we realized we had to actually DO something with all of the corks we were collecting, so I started moving them to a plain shadow box that has (until now) remained untouched. Finally, it was time to show off these memories we'd made! Our DIY cork memory box contains corks from big milestones, special occasions and holidays over the past few years and sits proudly on a bookshelf to remind us of the things we've celebrated together. Best of all, it's easy to make yourself!
If you love drinking wine as much as you love crafting, then we've got some good news for you! Those natural corks that you might otherwise throw out can be re-purposed in a lot of different ways. Here are four wine cork projects that you can easily complete in 10 minutes or less each.
Cute and simple to make, these coasters and trivet are a great way to re-purpose wine corks. All you need is about 5 or 6 natural corks, needle and thread, a utility knife, hammer, wire brad or nail and Modge Podge. Instructions are easy to follow as well. Go here for the entire tutorial. Via DIY Life.
I came across these cute Wine Cork Placecard Holders at Bright and Bold. They aren’t made from real corks but rather resin. They have a flat base and a slot for the name cards themselves. On sale for $22.95 for 12, they seem DIY-able, if using real corks, of course. Which provokes the question: anybody every cut a cork?
By my calculations, you’d have to drain 256 bottles of wine to accumulate enough corks to make this funky bulletin board (kit on sale for $19.95) available at Wine Enthusiast.
However, you could easily skip the kit, find (or, better yet, make) an appropriate frame, attach a thin plywood or MDF back and there ya go.
Also available are kits to make a trivet, serving tray and message center.