If you have plenty of wine corks lying around from those fancy dinners and hearty parties in your house, don't throw them away just yet--there are plenty of cool and creative cork projects for you to get busy with!
You must have seen the amazing wine cork portraits done by Michigan-based artist Scott Gundersen, but don’t be intimidated, you can try making your very own artsy masterpieces with them too! So gather those popped corks and skim through the list of ideas below to see if there’s anything you want to try making:
If you have enough corks, consider making some whimsical animal sculptures out of them, like this charming giraffe sculpture by Ashley Hackshaw. It will surely breathe life into a boring bedroom or living room, and will certainly garner comments and raves from your friends and family!
Yes, you can make rustic-looking stamps out of wine corks, just like these lovely ones by Sandy Diaz! While each stamp may take you a while to make, their marks will surely add charm to your paper projects. Imagine what you can do for letters, postcards, and scrapbooks!
Wine corks are also great materials for making ornaments and charms that you could use for almost any occasion. eHow contributor Joseph Eitel suggests making and using wine cork ornaments to accent your Christmas gifts—like that fancy bottle of wine.
Want something unique to stick your reminders with on your office or home corkboard? Wooden Bee suggests transforming those boring thumb tacks into beautiful cork tacks! I have to admit this cork-on-cork project looks rather nice and smart, perfect for wine afficionados!
Last but not the least, you can always try making keychains out of those wine corks. The good thing about this project is how you can customize each piece to suit your needs or occasion. The end products can also be used as gifts to your wine-loving friends, event giveaways, and souvenirs!
IMPORTANT: Before you start with your projects, though, find out how to cut wine bottle corks since many of them will involve a lot of slicing and carving.
Do you have a cork project of your own that you would like to share with us? Tell us about it with a comment below!