Friday, August 28, 2015

6 Ways to Upcycle Wine Corks

It's easy to come up with ways to recycle wine bottles, but the corks require a little extra imagination. Look no further than these crafty DIY projects for some inspiration.


Placemat
All you need are a couple dozen corks, a utility knife, and hot glue gun. Cut each cork horizontally into five to six pieces, making sure they're roughly the same height. Then, glue the sides together using hot glue. Follow these instructions.


Trivet
You can also use the above method but without having to cut the corks into smaller discs. Just use the corks as they are, cutting them off at the top to ensure they're all the same size. Glue them together to make a trivet to place pots and pans on. Follow these tutorial.


Card Holders
Cut an incision into several pieces of cork for a set of place holders for the the dinner table. You can also use them to hold business cards, photos, and polaroids on your desk. Visit this website for more examples.


Succulent Planters
Gardeners and fans of succulents can use upcycled corks as cute mini planters. With a puncher and a small knife, cut out a hole in the middle of the cork and hollow it out halfway. Fill the hole with potting soil and add the succulent. Water with an eye dropper. Click here for the full tutorial.


Chandelier
Chandeliers can cost you a pretty penny but this upcycled version using corks and an old fan grate is cheap and easy enough to assemble. You'll need about 60-100 wine corks with as many eye screw hooks, a fan grate, some jute or sisal rope, a pipe fastener, string, and a picture hanging wire. Click here for the tutorial.


Bathroom Mat
Add something a little different to the bathroom with this easy project. You'll need several dozen corks, a shelf liner, a knife, and a glue gun. Cut each cork in half, lengthwise, and glue them over the shelf liner in neat rows. Follow the tutorial here.


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