Today we will answer the question: “What to do with corks? With lots of pictures and tutorials. Cork stoppers are a natural material that you can use to make lots of interesting DIY items. Cork is derived from the peeling of the cork oak tree, it is elastic, pleasant to the touch, it is water repellent and is primarily used in the wine industry to make high quality corks. If you are a wine fan and you like fun activities, but don’t know what to do with cork stoppers, stay with us to learn “do it yourself” techniques that will give you a lot of joy. And even if you don’t have a collection of corks, you can solve this little problem with a few visits to the store or restaurant..
The first proposal is this sculpture of a giraffe in corks. To achieve it you will need:
- metal hangers
- hot glue
- We start by sculpting the metal hangers so that they take the desired shape of the body, neck and feet.
- Then we must wrap the structure with paper and tape
- We start to cover the giraffe with the corks using the hot glue and carefully cleaning the remains of the glue.
What to do with corks – an impressive giraffe sculpture
What to do with corks – if you don’t mind projects that take a little longer, try making this great giraffe
Cork cup mat:
- at least 25 corks
- a hot glue gun
- thin cork logs
- a pocket knife
- a cutting board
- Start by cutting the corks in half
- Then glue the corks to each other and onto the cork log using hot glue
- Remove unnecessary sides of the caps with the sandpaper.
With this easy technique you can make several decorations and everyday objects.
What to do with corks – mug mats are a practical gift, always useful
If your base is square or rectangular, you won’t even need the sandpaper
Always choose a sharp knife
If you want, try an even easier design – glue the caps to each other and secure them with tape or scotch tape.
A cup mat in caps, put together with duct tape or scotch tape
To create this pretty decoration – a letter made of corks, you will need:
- a bunch of different sized corks. If you want to enrich your collection, ask the restaurant staff, hopefully they may be able to help you.
- an uncolored wooden letter or symbol
- hot glue
- The right foundation is of utmost importance: you have to glue the caps on first, but don’t just do it anyhow. You have to find the best place for each stopper. Work by grouping and regrouping them beforehand, before proceeding with the gluing
- Continue to glue, making sure you like the result step by step, each time before gluing a new group of corks
- Quite often the stoppers will protrude from the edges of your letter or you will have a small empty spot left inside, but that’s okay. At the end of your work these problems will not attract attention
- You can finally personalize your letter, by coloring certain caps or by writing a text on them.
Decorative letter covered with corks
It will take time to find the right location for each stopper
We present to you the easiest variant for a cork stoppers bath mat:
- a picture frame
- 200 or more corks depending on the frame size
- a pocket knife
- hot glue
Depending on the size of your photo frame you can store the caps vertically or horizontally and secure them with a glue gun. If your frame is not very deep or for more stability, you can cut the caps in half lengthwise and glue them with the flat part towards the frame. It is recommended that you hold the corks in boiling water for about ten minutes to prevent them from crumbling when you cut them..
How to make cork stamps:
You will need:
- corks – use the spongier ones since the harder ones will crumble during cutting
- a sharpie marker – with a small or large diameter depending on the design of the stamps you want to create
- a sharp knife
- Start by drawing the figure on one side of the cap
- Hollow out the contours of the shape, without sliding the knife, but gradually drilling around the drawing
- After you have hollowed out the outlines of the figure, you need to cut out the sides around it. Do this very slowly, to avoid crumbling. Warning: do not cut under the face, go around it, directing the knife forwards and backwards, then remove the superfluous elements
- You can now try out your stamps by dipping them in ink. The shapes will not be ideal because of the texture of the cork and that is precisely what makes its charm!
Nice stamps carved on the cork
You can create any shape and have fun with it on a white sheet
To make this crown of corks you must have:
- a polystyrene crown
- Holding the toothpicks with the tweezers, prick the caps by dipping about 0.6 cm into them. It will be easier if you twist the cap around the toothpick
- Fill in the inside side and then the outside side of the circle and be careful. The crown must remain flat
- Once you have finished both sides, start covering the middle part with plugs.
- Cover well and hide every white space. In order not to spoil the design with the white styrofoam, paint the crown before starting
An easy-to-make decorative wreath
- silicone stamps
- eyelet thread
- metallic threads for earrings
- acrylic paints
- a knife
- permanent ink
- Use the sharp knife to cut the corks into slices – a width of 6mm will be good
- Smooth the surface of the logs with the sandpaper
- Clean with a damp cloth
- Dip the stamp in permanent ink and stamp both sides of the logs
- Cut off the end of the eyelet at an angle. Be careful – it should be short enough that it does not pierce the other side. Secure and hook the metal wire to the eyelet
- Finally, you can color.
Earrings with log pendants
What to do with corks? Frames for your photos, for example!
What to do with corks? Here is the answer: you can do whatever your imagination suggests! Go to the end of the page to see all the ideas we have found for you!
Small flowerpots made with corks!
An original table decoration
What to do with corks? Little snowmen!
Decorative balls made with polystyrene and toothpicks
Friendly animals made just with a few small caps
A birdhouse that blends in perfectly with the landscape
What to do with corks? Very nice flower pots!