Here’s an idea from Eliza of Eliza K that will help keep old corks out of landfills. She’s come up with a neat way to recycle used bottle corks into coasters.
Eliza chooses corks that fit well together and then glues them together with crazy glue to form a square. The cork wood works really well as an absorbent material that protects wood and other surfaces from heat, cold, or moisture. The natural color of the cork is so organic and beautiful.
Follow the tutorial over at Eliza K to make a few of these for your own house, or as a housewarming gift for someone else. (Bonus idea: save the corks from wine served at a special occasion–wedding, anniversary, etc.–to make these costers and create a sentimental gift set.)
I hope you aren’t sick and tired of wine cork projects yet because I’ve got another fabulous repurpose for you from Monica at Crafty Nest. It wasn’t hard for Monica to stock up on wine corks while working at an office where wine tastings were a regular happening. This particular project put to use 175 corks from her collection.
Monica cut all her corks in half lengthwise and then arranged and hot glued them to a piece of shelf liner to create a beautiful, natural, and eco-friendly bathmat. If you’ve got questions about how the bathmat held up, Monica’s got you covered with all the answers so you can make your own with great results!
Find the tutorial at Crafty Nest.
I have got another great wine cork repurpose project for you today from Mrs. G at Growing Up Gardner. Mrs. G was lucky to get her hands on three full bags of wine corks at a wine tasting. If you aren’t quite so fortunate, you could start collecting them from family and friends or just buy some from a craft store.
This project really is super simple. Just glue the corks to your letter, filling in empty spaces with cut pieces of cork, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous piece of décor. Mrs. G actually created this letter for a friend’s upcoming wedding. I love the idea of giving it as a gift, especially if the recipient enjoys a nice glass of wine.
Check out the tutorial at Growing Up Gardner.
For those of you who have been saving up those wine corks, Lisa from Shine Your Light shares another fun upcycle project. Lisa’s project also makes use of an old, awkwardly shaped picture frame she had on hand.
Lisa backed the frame with plywood and then added her corks in a carefully planned design to make a tray. My very favorite part is that many of the images and logos have some form of sentimental meaning to Lisa, from the nickname of a close friend to the year her last kiddo was born. Isn’t it cool that one piece of décor can trigger so many memories?
Check out the details at Shine Your Light.