Living here in Wine County California, one ends up with a lot of corks. It’s hard to just throw them out when you know there must be a ton of creative uses for them out there. I did a search for creative uses for all these corks and found some great creative ideas!
Napkin rings – Drill a hole in the center, thread pretty ribbon through and tie.
Stamps – Carve the ends into letters or shapes and stamp in ink or paint.
Placecard holder- Slice about a quarter of the length off to make a straight base. Cut a slit in the top and insert the placecard. Or tie two corks together side by side with pretty ribbon and slip the placecard in between them.
Bobber for fishing – Make a hole in the middle of the cork and string it onto your line for an easy bobber!
As a pour spout for oils and vinegars – Cut a small wedge out (lengthwise) and insert inside the bottle openings on your olive oils and vinegars. Keeps the stream small and regulated.
Wobble stoppers – Slice into discs and use to even out uneven chair legs or under glass table tops to keep them from sliding and getting scratched.
Cabinet Door Pads – Glue thin slices of cork to the inside of cabinet doors to silence the noise when closing them.
Chair Leg Sliders – Use thin slices of cork glued to the bottom of chair legs to allow them to slide easily without scratching the floors.
Doorstop – Cut a cork in half lengthwise at an angle to form a wedge and push one half under the door to keep it propped open or securely closed.
Knife Rest – Glue several corks together side by side and place in a drawer. Secure the knives, blade side down, in the crevices to protect their quality and your fingers.
Pincushion – Push pins and needles into a cork as an alternative to a pincushion.
Sanding Block – Wrap a piece of sandpaper around a cork and use it to smooth over rough spots in small nooks and crannies. You can cut it to custom shapes to fit in those tight spots.
Bulletin board – Glue corks end-on-end for the outside frame and then fill in the middle with others, creating interesting patterns.
Table trivets – Many craft stores have simple kits, or head to Home Depot for a wire clamp that holds them in place.
Recycle – If you’re not particularly handy, send in your used corks to Recork America that reuses them as flooring, building insulation, sports equipment and more. Details at recorkamerica.com.
If you have any other creative ideas for wine corks – let me know in a comment!