Whether you want to add an earthy vibe to a room, throw a wine and cheese night or just want an excuse to try on your crafty pants, a quick wine cork project is exactly what you need. Unwind, uncork and break out the glue gun for these ten DIY projects:
Note: No spare wine corks in your home? No problem! Many fine dining establishments or wine bars will give you their used corks for free. You can even buy them in bulk!
Where can you use a DIY stamp in your home? Just about anywhere, but it’s especially great for personalized thank-you cards, placemats or homemade gift wrap. We love this heart-shaped cork stamp from Morning Creativity. All you need for this project is an X-ACTO knife, a pen or pencil and an inkpad.
Photo: Morning Creativity
2. Fridge Magnet
Is your refrigerator looking a little empty? While we can’t help you if your fridge is barren on the inside, we can help you cover the outside! Turn wine corks into magnet holders with a pocket knife and some hot glue. If you don’t have time to make your own, we like thesefridge magnets from AlissaRose’s Etsy shop.
Photo: AlissaRose | Etsy
Protect your countertop in style with this DIY wine cork trivet from Sweet Paul Magazine. Simply glue same-size corks together until you have a circular shape. Tip: For this project, use superglue instead of hot glue to secure your corks. That way, the glue won’t melt under the heat of your next batch of slow-cooked Swedish meatballs!
Photo: Alexandra Grablewski | Sweet Paul Magazine
To make this project, just take the ring from an old keychain and use it for a new one. The simplistic look of a solo cork for a set of keys just can’t be beat. Check out Cleverly Inspired to learn how to make your own. Bonus: If your summer involves trips to the pool or lake, you’ll never have to worry about dropping your keys in the water and losing them – they’ll float!
Photo: Cleverly Inspired
If you have a hefty supply of wine corks, this cork bathmat DIY from CraftyNest is perfect for you. It requires around 175 wine corks, a hot glue gun, a pocketknife and cutting board. Tip: Use shelf liner for the bottom of your bathmat so that it won’t slip.
6. Mini Succulent Garden
These mini succulents are perfect for those who have trouble keeping potted plants alive. First, punch a hole in your cork with a screwdriver. Then, using a Swiss army knife, carve out a hole in each of your wine corks. Fill with a scoop of potting soil and some succulent clippings, and that’s it! Check out the full step-by-step at Upcycle That.
Photo: Upcycle That
Not only will a set of DIY wine cork coasters give your home an extra dash of personality, they’ll also protect your tabletops! Break these out during your next dinner party or wine and cheese night and soak in all the great compliments you’ll get for being so resourceful.
8. Jewelry Organizer
You may have noticed there’s no shortage of awesome, upcycled jewelry organizers onPinterest. And while we’re still pretty keen on using driftwood, this wine cork organizer from Humble Foodie does a pretty good job of making us want to organize stuff, too.
Photo: Humble Foodie
9. Place Card Holder
Photo: Hope Studios
10. Wall Art
You could buy a ready-made piece of art from a gallery, but it’s not nearly as fun as making your own wall art with wine corks! After all, you’ll get to flex those creative muscles and probably save a little bit of cash along the way. Need some inspiration? We like this Ombre Cork Heart tutorial from Green Wedding Shoes.
Photo: Green Wedding Shoes
Here are a few more of our favorite ways to upcycle wine corks:
Photo: CarefullyCorked | Etsy
Photo: AiyaHMPH | Etsy
Photo: A Darling Day
Photo: uncorked | Etsy