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DIY No-Sew Felt Wine Glass Coasters

by Faith Provencher
DIY No-Sew Felt Wine Glass Coasters
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Drinking wine and crafting are two of my favorite pastimes, and today I'm combining them into one fun, super simple DIY project. I'm sharing an easy no-sew felt wine coaster project that functions as both a coaster and a wine marker so you don't drink someone else's wine by mistake. Win win! Keep reading to check out the full tutorial... it's surprisingly easy!   

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Four Quick and Clever Ways to Reuse Old Corks

by M.E. Gray

Four Quick and Easy Ways to Reuse Cork

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.       

Project #1: Succulent Planters

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

Before we get started, let's answer a question: What exactly is cork? Turns out it comes from the cork oak tree, which is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Corks are made from the bark of this tree, which makes them a perfect pairing for planting succulents. Cork also has a unique ability to adapt its shape (like when it creates a tight seal in a wine bottle), which also helps with planting.

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

To make this project, you'll need:

  • 100% natural corks
  • A craft knife
  • Small succulent plants

1. Start by carving out the center of a cork using the tip of the craft knife. Dig out enough cork to fit a succulent plant inside.

2. Repot the plant into the cork. Done!

If you want to display your new wine cork projects on the refrigerator, use hot glue to attach small magnets to the backs of the corks. 

Project #2: DIY Cork Place Holder 

Four Wine Cork Projects: Place Card Holders

Before your next dinner party, save up your wine corks for this simple DIY project. These place card holders also make great cheese labels! Fun fact: The best wines are always sealed with natural corks versus the plastic ones, so you can slyly let your dinner guests know you also have a stellar taste in wine, too.

Four Wine Cork Projects: Place Card Holders

To make this project, you'll need: 

  • One wine cork for each guest
  • A craft knife

1. Hold the cork in an upright position, and slice off one rounded side of the cork. This allows the cork to lay flat on the table.

2. On the opposite side of the cork, cut a slit into the side.

3. Slide your place cards through the slit in the cork. Done!


Project #3: Floating Keychain

Four Wine Cork Projects: Floating Keychains

In addition to cork stoppers being sustainably made (the cork oak tree regenerates nine years after being harvested), cork oak bark is naturally buoyant! It's impermeable, yet the tiny cells that make up the cork release air so slowly that it creates buoyancy (or ages fine wine). Don't worry about losing your keys in the bottom of the swimming pool or lake with this DIY.

Four ways to reuse old wine corks

For this project, you'll need:

  • A 100% natural cork
  • An eye hook
  • A keyring

1. Screw a small eye hook into the bottom of a cork until it is secure.

2. Attach a keyring to the eye hook, then to your keys.


Project #4: Personalized Stamps

Four Wine Cork Projects: Personalized Stamps

For this project, you'll need:

  • Some corks
  • A marker
  • A craft knife
  • A stamp ink pad or acrylic paint

1. Grab a marker, and begin by drawing your design on the end of a cork stopper.

2. Use a craft knife to cut away at the areas you do not want to show (i.e. the negative space).

3. Press the stamp onto an ink pad, or into paint, and start stamping!


Know what else we like about real cork? These forests retain nearly 14 million tons of CO2 per year! which are diverse ecosystems that provide essential habitats. And the best part - cork is 100% recyclable, and there are lots of recycling resources available based on your region. 

Recycle your old wine corks with these four easy projects you can complete in under 10 minutes each
Share these wine cork projects on Pinterest!

If these wine cork projects made you fall in love with cork, you'll love these DIY patterned cork coasters

Make it: Patterned cork coasters

Thanks to the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) for providing fun cork facts!

 

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How to: Make a "Totally Tubular" Mod Wine Rack Side Table

by Al40yearoldintern

How to: Make a "Totally Tubular" Mod Wine Rack Side Table

So, how awesome is the really cool piece above? I wish I could take credit, but I can't - it was invented by my friend Jimmy. He's a prop master working on Hollywood films and TV shows and crafty by nature. When I saw this really cool piece in his home I had to know all about it! It looks like a mod piece of art that could be sold in a museum gift shop. It can be constructed with items found at the local home improvement store, and Jimmy was kind enough to share the full how-to with Curbly. So, read on! 

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Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

by Capree K

Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

And by super easy, I mean if you have any motor skills AT ALL, you can make a bath mat just like this recycled cork one ($125) (shop other cork bath mats, and here)

Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea.  All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame.  Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box.  No cutting, gluing, sealing, or drilling required.  BAM...

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Curbly Roundup: Wine Bottle Beautification

by DIY Maven

Curbly Roundup: Wine Bottle Beautification

'Tis the season of hostess gifts, and for those who imbibe, one of the most appreciated will be a bottle of wine. Sure, you can hand the bottle over naked or in the cheesy bag the liquor store hands out this time of year, but wouldn't you rather give something pretty? Something that says 'I care enough to do a little diy'? Of course you would! That's why I've scoured the internets to find the very best wine bottle wraps, cozies, bags and tags tutorials. From a bit more complex to easy as pie, there's something for everyone. Just pick your craft and go.

First for the sewers, this cozy couldn't be cuter:

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Wine Barrel Floors

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Wine Barrel Floors

In theory this sounds great. Take old wine barrels, whiskey barrels or Scotch casks, disassemble them, flatten them out and use them for flooring. I'm a tad bit skeptical that you can really get these things to flatten out. A little humid weather and you may end up with a fun house floor. Fontenay is a company built around re-building floors using the discarded barrels. Reusing for wine makes icky wine.

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How to: Make Dandelion Wine

by DIY Maven

How to: Make Dandelion Wine

This season, instead of spraying weed killer on your dandelions, how about picking them and turning them into wine? Not only would it be better for the environment, but it's gotta be one of the most fun ways to win the dandelion wars. (And you'll have a little something with which to toast your victory!)

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How To: Upcycled Wine Bottle Vases.

by Chris Gardner

A few weeks ago, these brilliant wine bottle vases designed by Erik Anderson made their way around the craft and style web world. But this time of year, we're not apt to spending much time outside, and then wind isn't apt to let you keep 'em lit.

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So, check out this translation from Lindsay and Taylor from purr design - "We loved the idea of reusing old wine bottles, and thought a reinterpretation of the Erik’s recycled wine bottle torches...

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DIY: Wine Bottle Light.

by Chris Gardner

wine bottle light

With string lights readily available everywhere from 6-week only holiday emporiums to the corner gas station, grab a few to create this deceptively simple but elegant wine bottle light. The trick lies in the technology - a 1/2" drill bit made for drilling into glass, and, of course, the proper safety gear, just in case.

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