Nine Ways to Reuse Your Wine Corks





Unless you live in California, where there is an official wine cork recycling program, take inspiration from these ideas and drink your wine guilt-free, knowing you can now recycle both bottle and cork. Alternatively, for those of us who are less environmentally inclined, some of these aesthetically pleasing creations make for great centre pieces…how about that for an alternative motive?
 
Stamps
 
Take note from this blogger, who’s created stamps out of wine corks. Ideal to keep the children happy, and perhaps the adults too…
 
 
 
Compost
 
Whizz up your wooden corks in a food processor and put them in your compost. Your plants will thank you!
 
 
Place Settings
 
Using a knife, slice a groove along the top of the cork. Slide the cards into the slit to make place settings for a wedding or special event. Use either Champagne or normal wine corks for this, but for the normal wine corks, slice a groove along the side of the cork.
 
 
 Image by lilszeto
Heat-proof mat
 
Create a heat-proof mat for your kitchen and avoid ruining your tables with hot saucepans.
 
 Image by Michael Doss
 
Fix that unsteady chair leg
 
Cut a slice off a cork and glue it to the bottom of the shorter chair leg. The cork will not ruin the floor.
 
Christmas cork wreath
 
If you start saving corks now you might just have enough for next Christmas: you will need a huge number for this. However, wouldn’t it be nice to have one hanging on your door come the festive season? Have a look at AlexandraCooks for comprehensive instructions.
 
 
 
Picture Frame
 
Create a frame for posters or photos like blogger Vivienne, from The V Spot
 
Cork Board
 
Make the classic corkboard. This is Lucy at CellarVie Wines’ corkboard made for her by her Mother and Grandfather for Christmas.
 
 
 
Pin Board
 
Create a pin board out of wine corks
 
 
 
There are, of course, many more extravagant items out there on the internet like a bath mat and this cork chair.
 
 
 
Artist Conrad Engelhardt crafts beautiful nude portraits out of wine corks. Have a look at our previous blog post to view these stunning creations. Now that is something to aspire to!
 
However, perhaps we need to be a little realistic… Here’s hoping at least one of these ideas has inspired you to reuse those pesky wine corks!
 
 

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 

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