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Wine on Wednesday: What to do with those Wine Corks?!

We’ve learned a lot about wine during our Wine on Wednesday series, from wine terms in our Introduction to Wine on Wednesday, to the basics of wine varietals like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and and Pinot Grigio.  We’ve even done reviews of various wines as well.  Hopefully you’ve found wine that you enjoy…now what will you do with the wine corks?!


Upcycling Ideas for Wine Corks-Presented by The Daily Dish Magazine #winewednesday

If you’ve been on Pinterest, you probably know that there are a ton of great ideas for upcycling wine corks.  If you’re not familiar with the term upcycling (I wasn’t), by definition it’s essentially the same as recycling; using unwanted products and materials to make new products and materials.  I guess upcycling just sounds cooler.  🙂

Here are a few of my favorite ideas for upcycling wine corks.  I have a lot of extra wine corks in my house (don’t judge me!), but if you don’t have a lot of wine corks collected and want to try some of these projects, ask your friends to save their wine corks or even ask your favorite restaurants if they have wine corks they can give you! 

1.  Wine Cork Candle Holder This idea came from Two Twenty One and basically turns your wine corks into a candle holder!  I did this at my own home and it makes a great centerpiece. You could also take this same idea and use corks to fill vases, jars, etc.  

2. Wine Cork Cheese/Spread Knives:  I love this idea because it’s simple and be great for parties.  Yarni Gras shared a great idea for updating old cheese knives with wine cork toppers! 

3. Wine Charms:  I don’t know about you, but wine glasses always get mixed up at parties and get togethers, so this idea by Family Chic to make wine charms with corks would be inexpensive and fun for parties!

4. Trivets I’ve seen lots of ideas for trivets using corks, but Care 2 Make a Difference has great step by step instructions as well as an easy pattern for placing corks. You could even make smaller versions of these to use as coasters!

5. Wine Cork Letter: Using pre-cut wood letters, you can glue wine corks to make a lovely, personalized monogram letter.  Growing Up Gardner has great step by step instructions for creating your own! 



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