Wine Cork Trivet Completed

Finished Wine Cork Trivet

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.

Wine Cork Trivet Bioling Corks

Boiling the wine corks to make them easier to cut.

After a few minutes of boiling they cut pretty cleanly with a knife.

Wine Cork Trivet Cutting Corks

Cutting some of the corks down to size.

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.

Wine Cork Trivet Fabric Scrap

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.

Wine Cork Trivet Glue Gun Action

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.

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