So you’ve got a wine storage unit to store all your favorite wines, but the more you enjoy those wines the more your collection of used corks piles up. Fret not, as corks are biodegradable and recyclable, but more importantly they’re also reusable.
Now, according to Wine Maker Magazine it’s best not to reuse corks for plugging other wines. They explain that corks have “nooks and crannies within which microbes like to hide,” and since we don’t want to worry about sterilizing our corks we’re going to find even more fruitful uses for them.
Well, of course! Why buy a new corkboard when you’ve got a collection of corks just waiting to be arranged into a neat new message board for your home. The Learning Channel has some great advice on how to get started. With a frame and a glue gun you’ll be well on your way to creating a corkboard that will draw attention. (See the main image on the post for how this would look).
Okay, so your furniture is steady, you already own a corkboard, and the corks just keep piling up. It’s time to go outside the box. Summer is near and what better way to breathe new life into your corks than by using them as fishing bobbers! Corks float, and Wisebread is at it again with this awesome addition to your tackle box. Your fishing buddies will never confuse your bobber with theirs again.
Well if it’s good enough for a fishing bobber, it’s good enough for a key chain. Simple Crafter has the breakdown for turning your old corks into key chains and in turn saving them from a drop in the water. Use the cork from your favorite bottle so that every time you pull out your keys your travel companions can get a glimpse into your favorite flavors.
We’re just scratching the surface (well, not if we used the cork floor saver described above) of ideas for wine cork upcycling. The Wooden Bee’s Pinterest page has this fantastic idea for turning your wine corks into coasters for your next glass.
And for the more ambitious reader I suggest you head over to The EcoAdmirer where you can find some really incredible examples of wine cork reuse. From floor mats, to portraits, and even furniture, there’s a DIY project for any range of corks – whether you’ve got a few or a few thousand.
Wine corks are one of many household items that offer unexpected opportunities for upcycling. Earlier, we covered a bunch of great upcycling ideas on our blog and we suggest checking those out as well. Moreover, we would love to hear your ideas – for wine corks or otherwise – in the comments section. In the meantime, keep enjoying your favorite wines and collecting the corks because as you can see: an empty bottle is just another opportunity.