Four Quick and Easy Ways to Reuse Cork

If you love drinking wine as much as you love crafting, then we’ve got some good news for you! Those natural corks that you might otherwise throw out can be re-purposed in a lot of different ways. Here are four wine cork projects that you can easily complete in 10 minutes or less each.       

Project #1: Succulent Planters

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

Before we get started, let’s answer a question: What exactly is cork? Turns out it comes from the cork oak tree, which is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. Corks are made from the bark of this tree, which makes them a perfect pairing for planting succulents. Cork also has a unique ability to adapt its shape (like when it creates a tight seal in a wine bottle), which also helps with planting.

Four Wine Cork Projects: Succulent Planters

To make this project, you’ll need:

  • 100% natural corks
  • A craft knife
  • Small succulent plants

1. Start by carving out the center of a cork using the tip of the craft knife. Dig out enough cork to fit a succulent plant inside.

2. Repot the plant into the cork. Done!

If you want to display your new wine cork projects on the refrigerator, use hot glue to attach small magnets to the backs of the corks. 

Project #2: DIY Cork Place Holder 

Four Wine Cork Projects: Place Card Holders

Before your next dinner party, save up your wine corks for this simple DIY project. These place card holders also make great cheese labels! Fun fact: The best wines are always sealed with natural corks versus the plastic ones, so you can slyly let your dinner guests know you also have a stellar taste in wine, too.

Four Wine Cork Projects: Place Card Holders

To make this project, you’ll need: 

  • One wine cork for each guest
  • A craft knife

1. Hold the cork in an upright position, and slice off one rounded side of the cork. This allows the cork to lay flat on the table.

2. On the opposite side of the cork, cut a slit into the side.

3. Slide your place cards through the slit in the cork. Done!

Project #3: Floating Keychain

Four Wine Cork Projects: Floating Keychains

In addition to cork stoppers being sustainably made (the cork oak tree regenerates nine years after being harvested), cork oak bark is naturally buoyant! It’s impermeable, yet the tiny cells that make up the cork release air so slowly that it creates buoyancy (or ages fine wine). Don’t worry about losing your keys in the bottom of the swimming pool or lake with this DIY.

Four ways to reuse old wine corks

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A 100% natural cork
  • An eye hook
  • A keyring

1. Screw a small eye hook into the bottom of a cork until it is secure.

2. Attach a keyring to the eye hook, then to your keys.

Project #4: Personalized Stamps

Four Wine Cork Projects: Personalized Stamps

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Some corks
  • A marker
  • A craft knife
  • A stamp ink pad or acrylic paint

1. Grab a marker, and begin by drawing your design on the end of a cork stopper.

2. Use a craft knife to cut away at the areas you do not want to show (i.e. the negative space).

3. Press the stamp onto an ink pad, or into paint, and start stamping!

Know what else we like about real cork? These forests retain nearly 14 million tons of CO2 per year! which are diverse ecosystems that provide essential habitats. And the best part – cork is 100% recyclable, and there are lots of recycling resources available based on your region. 

Recycle your old wine corks with these four easy projects you can complete in under 10 minutes each
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Thanks to the Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) for providing fun cork facts!