25 Things You Can DIY With Corks

Time to drink more wine! These easy upcycling projects will make sure your corks don’t go to waste.

1. Stamps

Draw a motif on the end of your cork, then cut out around it, about a 1/4” deep. Slowly, steadily, and carefully! As shown here.

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2. Thread Spool Corks

Wrap wooden spools with colorful thread, glue them to corks, and you’ve given the usual wine stopper a quick upgrade. Check out the tutorial here.

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3. Wreath

Attach corks all over a straw wreath using hot glue. Start with a flat layer, then add some slanted corks on top. Check out this blog post for all the details.

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4. Magnetic Cork Planters

Hollow out a cork, stick a magnet on the back, plant it with some dirt and a tiny succulent, and voilà! Here’s how.

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5. Cork Ball

Paint a Styrofoam ball, then use a hot glue gun to cover it in corks, as seen here.

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6. Key Chains

Put a screw eye onto a key chain ring, then screw it into a cork. That’s it! Check out the directions here.

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7. Coasters

Cut corks in half lengthwise, glue them to a circular cork sheet, flip it over and cut away excess cork, then sand out the edges. Use these photo instructions as a guide.

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8. Cork Letter

Glue the corks to a letter base (available at Hobby Lobby). Cut corks to fit into any remaining gaps. This tutorial is a great guide.

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9. Placecard Holders

Great wedding decal! Cut a sliver off the edge of the cork so it will lie flat on its side, then cut a slit along the top, as shown here.

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10. Trivet

Super easy to make — just glue together wine corks with super glue until you have the desired size, like this crafter.

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11. Bathmat

Cut corks in half and glue them to a shelf liner, as shown in this tutorial.

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12. Plant Marker

Write a plant name onto the cork, drill a hole, insert a bamboo skewer, and stick it in the dirt. Find the tutorial here.

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13. Cheese Knives

Remove the handle from a cheese knife, cut a little slit in the tip of a cork, and stick it on the edge of the knife.

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14. Cork Candles

Stick these candle toppers into old bottles for awesome and easy dinner party decor.

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15. Cork Candle Votives

Or if you don’t want your corks melting, make cork-filled votives instead. Place a small glass cylinder inside a large one, fill the empty space with corks, insert a candle, and you’re good to go. Here’s a quick tutorial.

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16. Simple Cork Necklace

Some simple jewelry hardware can turn corks into neckwear. Get inspired by this blog.

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17. Embroidered Cork Necklace

Or if you’re feeling ambitious, cut corks into little disks, embroider around the edges, and attach with a felt backing to create a colorful necklace. Check out these step-by-step directions.

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18. Wine Corkboard

Spray-paint a frame and hot glue corks in a zigzag pattern within it. Here are the details.

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19. Champagne Cork Knobs

Replace knobs with champagne corks to add some character to your home decor. All the steps can be found here.

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20. Wine Charms

Cut wine corks into little slivers, make a hole with a nail, stencil on letters or numbers, thread a wire hoop through your cork, and you’re ready for cocktail hour. This tutorial will come in handy.

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21. Lampshade

Use hot glue to cover an old lampshade with corks. Follow these step-by-step directions.

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22. Fridge Magnets

Just cut your corks in half, glue magnets to the bag, and voilà! Use them to stick notes and photos to your fridge, like this blogger did.

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23. Animal Sculptures

Bend clothing hangers into the shape of an animal, wrap the frame with newspaper, then use hot glue to cover it with corks. Check out this easy tutorial.

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24. Cork Pen

Drill a hole through corks and slide them over a pen. Simple as that! Here’s how.

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25. Journaling

A DIY easy enough for the least crafty among us: Write the date, location, dining companion — whatever you’d like — to commemorate the night. Inspired by this blogger.

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Pippa Armbrester is a quilt maker and designer. Follow her adventures in quilting and life on her website.

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