You slice that sweet seal, pierce the cork, twist in your corkscrew, and hear that delicious little pop. Now what? Cork is such a versatile material; it seems so wasteful to toss it away. What about when you reach the bottom of that delicious bottle of wine? Are you prepared to part ways forever? Instead of wasting, use any of these ten amazing ideas of ways to up-cycle your wine bottles and corks!
1. Turn wine corks into coasters!
Cork in the perfect material to place a piping hot cup of coffee. Just be sure to make sure you make them nice and level so your wine glass doesn’t topple!
2. Create a succulent garden!
This up-cycle is for the more advanced DIYers. With a glass cutter you can create the exact shape garden you’d like. Lay the bottle on its side for a longer garden. Remove part of the top or bottom for a taller, more narrow garden. Pro-tip, if you plan to create a hanging garden, cut the glass towards the bottom of the bottle and use the neck to hang your garden!
3. Make a sign!
If you have access to a lot of corks (which I imagine most dedicated wino’s do) save them and create a custom sign. Spell out whatever you would like or create a symbol that you like. One of our Downtown partner locations created a large wall-art version of their logo using wine corks. Another West Hollywood partner location has a lovely handmade peace sign made from wine corks hanging in their window!
4. Create wine glass charms!
What better way to keep track of your wine glass than with a wine glass charm! Take your old corks and create whatever charm you like. Use the whole cork for a larger charm, or slice your cork to create smaller charms. Add beads, crafters wire, or other fun additions to dress your charm up!
5. Use your empty wine bottles as flower vases!
This may be the easiest and most obvious use for an empty bottle. After the last drop of wine leaves the bottle give it a good clean and pop some flowers inside. If the bottle itself is too boring, wrap it in twine, paint it, paint it with chalkboard paint and write on it, cover it in glitter, or do whatever else you want to customize your new flower vase!
6. Turn the empty bottles into candles!
Again, this is a more advanced option, but it is so worth the effort. When creating straight cuts in glass there are a few options that do not even require any special tools! You can choose to leave the labels or remove them and make your own special design.
7. Make wine cork magnets!
Turn your wine cork into a magnet as is, with a succulent inside, dressed up for the holidays, glued together to make a special design, or in anyway that may make your refrigerator just a little more special.
8. Turn your wine corks into holiday ornaments!
This could be as easy as glueing twine to cork and placing it on a tree or as involved as glueing corks together to form an intricate Christmas Angel ornament for the top of your tree. Use a few corks, ribbon, pipe cleaners, and beads to create a reindeer, add a date to commemorate a special year, or use your initials to customize your ornament. My personal favorite option is to buy the clear bulb ornaments from my local craft store, hang a cork inside of the clear ornament and decorate the bulb!
9. Create a new cork board for your office!
Buy an old picture with a fun frame (or use one you have in your home that you’ve grown tired of), and glue all of those old corks in whatever pattern works in your home or office. At the end you’ll have a lovely, unique cork board you can be proud of! Another fun twist to this craft is to use your new cork board as a jewelry display!
10. Use your wine corks to make key chains!
Add some small beads, charms, or whatever else you like and attach a key ring for a fun new addition to your keys! Customize them to a friends taste and they make a wonderful handmade gift!