7 Simple Ways to Upcycle Those Wine Corks Into Something New

Most likely when you purchase a bottle of wine you don’t think twice about the cork. You handle it for a moment during the opening process and then it gets tossed without much thought. While you can recycle wine corks, I think it is so much more fun to upcycle them into something new and fantastic. Here are some of my favorite ways to upcycle those corks, read on to check them out.

#1: Conversation Jar
We have a large glass jar on our kitchen counter top that is full of corks from wine that the mister and I have shared with each other, family and close friends. Before I toss a cork into the jar, I take a moment to jot down the occasion and date. It’s a super fun way to keep a collection of memories somewhere we see them everyday.

+ Cork Conversations via Mintage Home

#2: Cork Door Mat
I love the idea of upcycling those corks into a mat for my front door! This project seems fairly straight-forward and simple – I have it on my list of projects to give a shot in the future. I would think you would want to seal it somehow and use it at a door that doesn’t get a lot of moisture.

+ Cork Door Mat via Crafty Nest

#3: Monogram Fun
Upcycling corks into fun monograms would be a terrific idea too. I like the idea of an entire word such as: bar or yum – or your initials or family’s last name. I just think it would be a fun and quirky way to upcycle those corks into fun pieces of art for your home.

+ Cork Monograms via The Oceanside Bride

#4: Cork Garden Markers
If you have an indoor garden (even an herb garden) these cork garden markers would be a fantastic project. These would be a super simple craft to do with your children after school or one the weekend.

+ Cork Garden Markers via Green Upgrader

#5: Cork Stamps
These stamps are super easy to make and the perfect fun for little ones. Eben and I made a set of these for Valentine’s Day and they were a ton of fun. You can make them in any shape or font that you would like and they can be used to decorate so many different things from letters and postcards to notepads and journals.

+ Cork Stamps via Sweet Greens

#6: Cork Keychains
Yet another simple craft that would be perfect for the little ones, upcycling corks into keychains. If you don’t feel crafty you can always order them for only $2.50. Wouldn’t these make fun Father’s Day crafts?

+ Cork Keychains via The Wooden Bee

What other great ways have you seen corks being upcycled? 

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8 Responses to 7 Simple Ways to Upcycle Those Wine Corks Into Something New

  1. Alicia March 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    These are all great ideas but I especially like the garden markers and key chains.

  2. AngelaLilly March 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    love love love the garden markers and the bathmat!!!!!!! GREAT ideas! wonder if I could get my father-in-law to save corks for me so that I could do some of these, since I don’t drink! LOL

  3. Jennifer March 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to “link” to your post from my blog so I can always have this great list!! AND I just tossed a cork last night – darn!

  4. Sweet Greens March 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Hi Jennifer,

    Of course! I would love that – I am glad I can help. 🙂

  5. Sweet Greens March 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    Absolutely! You could also check with your local restaurants or bars – and ask if you can have the leftover corks. 🙂

  6. Sweet Greens March 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm #


    Those are some of my favorites too! So simple.

  7. AngelaLilly March 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    ooo good idea!!!

  8. Sweet Greens April 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm #


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