Have you ever started collecting something a little bit random for reasons you can’t quite explain other than that it looks like something you could totally use to make something? We’re notorious in our social circles for collecting bits and pieces as we go about our day and stashing them away in our crafting drawers for later.
The number one random thing we’ve always saved for crafting, however, has always been wine corks! They’re just so versatile and interestingly textured and we’re always hanging onto them just in case. Now that we’ve actually amassed a pretty big cork collection, we’re keeping our eyes peeled for things we can make them into!
DIY Projects Made of Wine Corks
Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in the idea of making some DIY wine cork projects?
Check out this list of 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Cork candles
In addition to being a total crafting enthusiast are you also the kind of person who loves home decor and, more particularly, the way candles not only decorate a space but amp up a room’s aesthetic and provide a warm glow? Well, especially if you’re a fan of old fashioned style in your room’s scheme, then we think you might find this wine work candle project outlined well on A Subtle Revelry very interesting indeed.
2. Cork embroidery necklace
Even though you really love all purpose crafting and using diverse and sometimes unconventional supplies, are you also a lifelong needlework enthusiast at the heart of things? Well, if you enjoy wearing homemade jewelry even half as much as we do as well then we’re pretty sure this cork embroidery necklace that Instructables shows you how to make has jus about everything you’re looking for!
3. DIY wine cork cheese knives
Rather than making things that are purely decorative, have you always mostly enjoyed making DIY pieces that hav some kind of practical function to them? Well, if you’re also a frequent host who likes having people over, then perhaps you’ll get a real kick out of the way this page on Yarnigras teaches you how to make funny little cheese knives with awesome wine and champagne cork handles!
4. Easy DIY cork trivet
Have we got you feeling quite interested indeed in the idea of making something practical, and especially something you might actually use in your kitchen, but you’re just not sure that cheese knives are something you’ll really use? Well, if you’re more of a tea drinker and you prefer to make it in your old fashioned tea pot, or even if you just like cooking but always find yourself needing a place to put the pots down that won’t melt your countertops, then here’s an awesome DIY solution! Check out how Reuse, Grow, Enjoy teaches you to make a very unique wine work trivet.
5. DIY wine cork backsplash
Are you actually so in love with the look and texture of wine corks that you almost wish you could cover your whole home in them, just because you think they’d give the space a lot of character? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this eye catching alternating wine cork backsplash project from Create Craft Love a try! It’s actually surprisingly easy to do.
6. DIY floating cork keychains
Whether you’re actually using corks because they float (perhaps you have a cottage and you spend a lot of time on the dock near the lake) or whether you just like the way they look, we’d encourage anyone who collects wine corks to check out these adorable floating wine cork keychains featured in neat detail on Pysselbolaget! We really like all of their different suggestions for ways to paint the corks for a little extra personality.
7. DIY iPad case from cork and a t-shirt
Now, we know we said that we were going to talk about wine corks specifically, but once we’f started searching for “cork crafts”, we just found too many awesome cork sheet projects to pass them all up, since there are just so many neat things you can make! Just in case you also like the idea of crafting with larger pieces of flat cork, here’s a awesome tutorial that we actually tied out and loved, courtesy of Creme de la Craft. They show you how to make an iPad case from cork board and an old t-shirt for lining!
8. DIY cork pencil holder
Have we actually really got your interest perked up now that we’re talking about all kinds of cork, because you’ll happily work with either type? Well, if you’re still looking for practical projects but you’d rather make something for your office than your kitchen, here’s a rather useful idea indeed! This tutorial from Design for Mankind shows you how to cut several pieces of cork board into circles, layer them, and create holes for holding pencils and other office supplies.
9. DIY cork birdhouse
If we’re being totally honest, we’re actually a little bit obsessed with birdhouses. There’s just something so charming and cheerful about them that makes us want to make and put out as many different kinds as we can fit in the yard; that’s how much we love watching the birds use them! Given all this talking we’ve done about our love for corks, we’re sure it’ll come as no surprise to anyone that we adored this tutorial from Magpie & Fox that teaches you how to use them to make a birdhouse mounted on wood.
10. DIY painted cork coasters
Rather than loving mixed media crafting like cork and embroidery, would you actually much rather put your hand painting skills to good use? Well, we can’t say we blame you; the texture of cork- whether you’re using wine corks or cork board- is actually extremely fun to paint! Give it a try by cutting out cork board squares and recreating these painted coasters featured on A Pretty Fix.
11. Thrifty DIY cork vases
Are you getting a real kick out of the ideas you’ve seen so far that involve building some kind of structure and actually using your wine corks like little bricks, but you’re just not sure that a birdhouse is the right choice for you because you live in an apartment with no yard? Well, if you’re the kind of person who loves to keep a little bit of greenery in the house, then maybe you’d do better trying your hand at these stacked cork vases outlined in clear detail on Design Improvised!
12. DIY cork picture frame matte
Are you still thinking about how much you loved the idea of incorporating wine corks into larger decor pieces in your home because you think they’re so interesting looking, but you’re simply not in need of a new backsplash? Well if you’re the kind of nostalgic person who loves keeping printed photos of your friends and family all over your house, then maybe you’d rather make something like this wine cork picture frame matte that Plaster & Disaster shows you all the steps for!
13. Wine cork bath mat
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make something cool and unique looking from wine corks, but that’s also a little bit practical, would you rather make it something slightly more unconventional than a lot of what you’ve seen so far? Then we think this funny wine cork bath mat that Picklee gives you all the info for making might be right up your alley!
14. DIY wine cork chandelier
Just in case you’re feeling totally intrigued by the idea of making some kind of decorative piece that will really catch the eye of guests and let people see how crafty you are, right there in your home decor scheme, here’s an awesome tutorial from Mox & Fodder that’s a little wacky and a whole lot of fun! Take a better look at their page to see how this awesome hanging wine cork chandelier was made.
15. DIY cork stamps
Have you actually been scrolling through our list wondering whether you might find a wine cork crafting option that’s so simple and fun that even your kids can get in on it? Then we’re pleased to report that your patience has paid off! We’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Sweet Spot did some careful carving (a step that your kids won’t help with) in one end of the cork to make a cute heart shaped stamp! Printing it all over paper of fabric is the step your kids will love helping you with.
Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY things from corks before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished projects in the comments section!