I enjoy making things and particularly love to make new stuff out of materials I already have and Pinterest is great for ideas and inspirations (sometimes I get overwhelmed with all of the possibility, but that is for another day). A while back, items made from wine corks were really popular and seemed like it could be a fun way to use something I normally throw away, so my husband and I began to save the ones made of cork, not the plastic ones.
I have a best friend that loves to do craft projects as well, so occasionally we send each other ideas on Pinterest. One day she sent me the idea for a wine cork trivet. I was determined to not buy wine corks from the local craft store so the project had to wait until I had enough to begin, and I promptly forgot about the idea. I was baking a birthday cake for the same friend and needed my cake stand which lives behind the mugs where I was collecting the wine corks. Upon seeing them again, I instantly realized I probably had enough wine corks to finally make something. I began playing with some layout options for a trivet. I came up with the square and dot to show off some of the labels and the colors of the red wine.
Bonus, I not only had enough wine corks for one trivet, but two! (I’ll be sending the second one to my sister-in-law who has a wine themed kitchen and a birthday coming up. How perfect is that! Plus, and trust me on this: I needed a practice one before it became pretty.) After getting my layout just right and determining I would need to cut some of them down to size. I flipped the corks that I wanted to cut upside down and marked the line to cut with a permanent marker. The interwebs told me the best way to cut cork is to boil it first, so off I went.
here Boiling the wine corks to make them easier to cut.
After a few minutes of boiling they cut pretty cleanly with a knife.
After cutting them down to size I was ready to be gluing them to the scrap of fabric I had chosen. I folded in the edges so it matched the size of the layout and the edges wouldn’t fray.
Fabric backing to hold the corks together.
I started gluing in one corner and pressing them tightly together as I went along. I finished by filling in some of the larger holes with a little extra hot glue.
Ready, Set, Glue
The final result is the picture at the top of the post. It took about two hours to make both trivets, but I had a lot of fun doing it.
Do you have any re-used craft projects that you have loved making? Share your creations below.