Top 10 Things To Make With Bottle Corks



While I was at a friend’s house the other day we got talking about upcycling and the creative and amazing things people recycle things into. It seems that with each passing year more and more amazing and more useful things are created. It was while looking at these sorts of images that my friend asked me what I thought she should make with a draw full of corks! (I didn’t ask how she ended up with a whole drawer full) but I thought I would go one step better and bring her 10 ideas. But in my opinion, these are the World’s best…

 


Top 10 Things To Make With Bottle Corks


 

Chess set made from old corks
Chess set made from old corks

10 – Cork Mate!
www.recyclart.org/2011/08/chess-set-corks/

Not only are all the pieces made with cork but so is the board and best of all it folds in half to make a carry case for the pieces as well!  This is a great use of corks, but I would imagine it would take a rather high craft skill level to make it.

cork planters
cork planters

9 – Tiny Gardens
www.etsy.com/uk/search?q=Mini%20Garden%20Wine%20Corks&ship_to=GB

Fancy a little indoor garden? Well, why not grow a micro herb garden made with upcycled corks!?! Not only do these look amazing they are also great recycling. You can buy a set of 4 of them in the link, but it would also not be too hard to make your own.

Jewellery holder made with old corks
Jewellery holder made with old corks

8 – Pin it up and don’t forget it
www.collegegloss.com/2013/03/diy-cork-infused-jewelry-holder.html

Nothing too hard to make here, just glue lines of old corks to a board and you have yourself a rather handy jewellery holder/pin board. Make a few of these and they would look fantastic hung on a bedroom wall.

Portraits made with corks
Portraits made with corks

7 – Cork Portraits
freshome.com/2011/08/29/creative-portraits-made-using-thousands-of-cork-bottle-stoppers-video/

When I was shown a drawer full of corks I thought the best idea would be to throw them away, but when Scott Gundersen sees a drawer full of corks he sees works of art, facial portraits in fact and whilst us mere mortals could only dream of making this sort of thing with corks it does just go to show what could be created if we try hard enough.

Bath mat made from old Corks
Bath mat made from old Corks

6 – Use the super soaker
www.snappypixels.com/diy-ideas/great-ideas-diy-wine-cork-art-projects/

Why not make great use of the corks ability to soak up water like it was the thirstiest camel in the World by upcycling them into a rather cool looking bath mat! Not only is it non-slip but it also looks great!

Coffee table made with corks
Coffee table made with corks

5 – The coffee table that is happy to drink any spills!
uk.pinterest.com

Once again making great use of the corks ability to soak up liquids of almost any sort is this inspiring coffee table that is made from old corks and twigs! Not only very creative but also rather beautiful even if I do think so myself.

Basket made with Recycled Corks
Basket made with Recycled Corks

4 – “Aye Boo Boo”…”Yes, Yogi?”
www.chicaandjo.com/2008/08/05/recycle-wine-corks-to-give-a-plain-basket-new-life/

Well, you might well want to hang on to this picnic basket because by using the easy to follow, step-by-step guide in the link it shows you in great detail how to make your very own sandwich basket from recycled corks! Not only does it not look too hard to do it also look fantastic! I think even Moses would have liked this one.

Birdhouse made from old wine Corks
Birdhouse made from old wine Corks

3 – My bird’s house smells of wine!
recycledawblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/how-to-make-wine-cork-fairy-birdhouse.html

Now, this is very impressive indeed. But what is even more impressive than this single image is that in the link you will get to see loads of these bird houses made from corks, showing all sorts of styles and shapes. And even better than that is a great guide that shows you how to make your own, and it is not as hard as you might think.

Suit made with Recycle Wine Corks
Suit made with Recycle Wine Corks

2 – Suits you Sir!
uk.pinterest.com

OK, this is a little too odd for words but it is a good use of corks and would certainly make you the talk of the party. But best of all is that if someone accidentally spilt their wine on you, the corks will soak it right up!

Chairs made with Corks
Chairs made with Corks

1 – We all deserve a rest
www.galleryoffunctionalart.net/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=4&p=18&a=0&at=0

If you had more than a draw full of them (thousands in fact) you could make what someone called “Gabriel Wiese” from German does with them because these amazing pieces of furniture are both made with nothing but corks! I have to wonder if I spilt a drink on one of those chairs would it drink it like a normal cork does?!?

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  4. You have succeeded once again in amazing me. What will people recycle next…I can only wonder. I love the birdhouse probably because I have multiple bird feeders. My problem is I can’t stand wine so I would have no way to get the corks!

  5. love the chairs and bathmat! I could totally find a place in my apartment for these items….and I do drink alot of wine….i shall up my wine drinking, collect all the corks I can and then tell you how it goes.

  6. Whahahaha! Well, I have to blame someone and you’re the closest. Okay..okay…I will think of someone else…:lol:

  7. Well, you’ve inspired me for sure. I am also telling hubby it’s your fault because I am going to drink lots of bottles of wine just to get the corks as I want to build a burd house. hahahahaha

  8. Some of them are a little odd as will all my top 10’s , there is always one that is weird. Maybe it is me, and I pick it out because it is weird. And sadly it is the same for most parts of the World that they now come in screw caps.

  9. It’s easy to get a drawer full of corks. Just put one in there. Repeat. Before you know it, the drawer is full. It happens quite often here.
    My favorite is the garden. I most admire the portrait.

  10. Not so much collect, but never throw them away, they look good in the large jars and a great talking point. Now the neighbours keep posting corks through my letterbox!

  11. Wow … some of those are really fab. Others … a little bizarro!
    I’m predicting this will be a dying art sometime soon though.
    Not sure about the rest of the world, but here in Australia, most wines are now bottled with scew caps.

  12. Mommy made something to similar 8 years ago. Snorts – it took her *forever* to make it and it’s much smaller. Can you tell she doesn’t partake much. I found the ‘shower mat’ to be neat as well. Must see how long it will take us to get a shower mat? XOXO – Bacon

  13. Reblogged this on cling like ivy and commented: I figured everyone would find this as interesting as I do. I don’t like to “Reblog” things, but I can make a few exceptions, right?

  14. Love the portrait murals. Amazing talent. The suit aah maybe as a halloween costume. There is a whole lot of wine being consumed but it is for an artistic cause.

  15. It’s been standing there for 400 years, so I think it’s bearing up quite well 😉
    Not made from recycled corks, I hasten to add, but from cork oak timber. Looks very, very cool. Am going to do a post on it in a couple of weeks. You never know, it might fit in with one of your themes… houses made from strange materials???

  16. Been keeping corks for years, store them in any glass containers, fish bowls, sweet jars etc and have them all lined up on my kitchen window sill!

  17. Amazing! I hear that in Ireland, there’s an entire CITY made of the stuff!
    BTW, Toledo has an historic house made of cork. If only I’d known, I’d have sent you a photo…

  18. Wow, amazing creativity with corks. I suppose, someone did have some nice parties, with a good excuse to open some bottles of wine. Otherwise impossible to create so many beautiful and nice things. Thanks for sharing.
    Irene

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