DIY Cork Projects That Take 15 Minutes or Less
Here’s the scenario, you’ve had a bunch of friends over to celebrate surviving the week or someone’s birthday or whatever and now it’s time to clean up. Wine bottles go in the recycling bin but what about the corks?
They go in a drawer (not the junk drawer but a ‘special’ drawer) until the drawer gets too full and then they get moved to a box of stuff that I’ve got stowed away for a rainy day project. Doesn’t everyone do this, no, just me!?! Seriously, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. My dad collects wine corks, he brought a bag of them to me once when I got a wild hair up my backside and thought I’d make myself a bathmat from corks. It didn’t take long before I nixed that plan.
Great, now I’ve got a gazillion corks and what in the world am I going to do with all of them? Next stop, Pinterest. I found all kinds of ideas but my choice is always to use the materials I’ve got around the house. My attention span generally lasts about 15 minutes so, I picked a few DIY cork projects that I was fairly sure would take 15 minutes or less. Read through to the end of the post because you’ll love what you see! If you don’t, shame on you because you should.
Easy DIY Cork Projects Finished in No Time
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I made all of these projects using stuff I had around the house. If you’ve got kids, you definitely have random craft supplies like paintbrushes, paint, ribbon, buttons, etc. These are the items I used:
This one is super simple, glue the corks end to end, screw in these *fancy hooks put a ribbon through and hang it up! This was the first cork project I made. It’s lasted 3 years so far. I have it hanging in my bathroom in the hopes that seeing these bracelets and necklaces will remind me to wear them, so far it really hasn’t. I’m just not an accessory person I guess.
Not much harder than the jewelry bar, just glue some corks together and you’ve got yourself a fancy phone stand. I have the iPhone 7plus (I think, I don’t really know) so it fits better landscape vs vertical.
I’ve seen a few of these on Pinterest with some fun designs but I’m lucky if I can get them glued together. I don’t have the patience for trying to fit them together like a puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles are for that sort of problem-solving. It wasn’t too hard and honestly, it looks nicer than a potholder, sitting on your counter.
I love, love, love snowmen! I can’t get enough of them. I saw one on Pinterest and had to have my own. It’s super easy to make, just glue the wine bottle corks together, slap on some paint, grab a few random buttons and add a carrot nose and you’re good to go. Oh, and that hat, it’s actually my sock!
I just love this one. Talk about easy and I think if I had had some glitter around to jazz it up, that would be fantastic but I didn’t have any. I have a daughter though so it’s inevitable that at some point, the glitter will show up and then I’ll add it.
Letter Door Hanging
This is the one you’ve been waiting for. Now, this one definitely would take me more than 15 minutes to make and I actually bought it from a small business owner who lives not far from me. Cindy of Cindy’s Cafe & Corks made it. I found her on Facebook one day, I’m not even sure how and started following her. I loved all of her creations and of course, love that she’s recycling all sorts of things from wine corks to pizza boxes to pieces of wood. When I went to pick it up, she shared with me all these different creations she’s made and is in the process of making. Her creativity and imagination are inspiring. I like to think I’m crafty but as you can see, I’m really not. I just don’t have the eye or the patience for it.
I always get all the materials out and get started just about the time my daughter is to return home from school or gymnastics or whatever because she is one artsy fartsy kid and I know she’ll always be happy to dive in and help me. Her patience and attention to detail is far superior to mine when it comes to things like this so I let her take it away. If you have kids, get them involved, let them help out. It’s the best feeling when they realize that you don’t need “new” materials to make something that’s practical, fun and useful.
Wine corks make fantastic rustic looking decorations so they are perfect for holiday decor. Start saving your corks and you’ll be well on your way to outfitting your home with all sorts of fun decorations.
Have you ever made any decor projects from wine bottle corks? I’d love to hear about it or better yet, share a picture of it on my Facebook page.
Make it a green day!