10 clever ways to reuse wine corks
Every household creates trash, whether you aren’t that preoccupied with your garbage or are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle. One thing we can all agree on is that less trash is better, for ourselves and the environment. But some trash is just hard to avoid. To put this trash to good use, I will share tips to reuse this trash in a lot of different ways in and around the house. Glass jars, plastic bottles, veggie scraps, old jeans; everything can be used again if you look at it in a different way. Today I will share 10 clever ways to reuse wine corks.
#1 Floor Protector
With a simple wine cork you can make sure that your chairs and other furniture items don’t scratch your floor. Just cut the cork into slices and stick these to the chair to prevent scratching.
Corks are a great material to get crafty with. You can, for example, make great stamps out of simple wine corks. Just use a knife to carve out any figure you want and dip it in some paint.
#3 Door Knob
You can use wine corks as door knobs on furniture as a decoration, or when a drawer or door is missing a knob. It is easy to fix and it looks cute too.
#4 Fire Starters
With some wine corks you can make excellent fire starters for your bonfire, fireplace or barbecue. Just soak the wine corks in some alcohol for a few days and after that you can use them. Just be careful with them since they are soaked in alcohol completely. You could use some tongs to light them up and throw them into the fireplace.
#5 Air Plant Holder
Do you know those cute little air plants that are so popular right now? They can grow on pretty much anything and don’t need a pot or soil, but where do you keep them then? Well, you could use some wine corks to make cute little plant holders for them! That way they can be placed anywhere in the home: you can even glue a magnet to the cork and stick them on your fridge or stick them to the wall.
#6 Plant Markers
With something as simple as a cork and a skewer you can make cute plant markers for your (vegetable) garden. Just make sure you use waterproof ink on your markers, otherwise the plant markers will be useless after a few drops of rain.
#7 Crafts With Kids
As I mentioned earlier, wine corks make great crafting material. You can make a lot of great things from them, like little boats or cars. Just check Pinterest for inspiration and get creative.
#8 Coasters and Pan Holders
Wine corks are excellent for making coasters and pan holders. You can make a lot of different types of coasters and holders. Pinterest is full of ideas!
#9 Key Chain
It might sound crazy, but wine corks make excellent key chains. Because corks float on water, they can actually keep your keys save when they fall into the water. Just make sure you always add a wine cork to your keys when you’re around water. You never know when it might come in handy.
#10 Wedding Souvenir
After a great wedding and dito party, you would like to give your guests something to remind them of this occassion. You could make something unique from wine corks to give away after the party. It works the other way around too. You can ask guests to leave a short and personalized message on a cork on the day of the wedding. This way you can fill a whole jar with these messages or make a beautiful cork board out of them as a keepsake.
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