How to Make Cork Placemats

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How to Make Cork Placemats
Wine corks with a simple cylindrical shape work best. (wine cork image by Julia Chernikova from Fotolia.com)

If you tend to hold onto the corks from leftover wine bottles, but you have not found a use for them yet, making a placemat is an excellent craft project. Using corks to build a placemat only requires the corks themselves and some hot glue to hold them together. You can make several small mats or one large one, depending on the number of corks you have available. Making a cork placemat will allow you to have your saved corks on display in a functional and decorative craft.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Corks
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hot glue along one long side of a cylindrical wine cork.

  2. 2

    Press another cork up to the glue so that long sides of both corks touch. Hold in place for a few seconds to secure.

  3. 3

    Continue making pairs of corks in this manner until you run out of corks.

  4. 4

    Glue two pairs of corks together by applying glue to the outside edge of a long side of one cork in a pair. Press another cork pair up to the glue so that the two circular ends of the second pair touch the long side of the first. In this way, you will create an alternating pattern of two horizontal corks and then two vertical corks.

  5. 5

    Continue attaching pairs of corks in this manner. You may want to place all pairs of corks in the final rectangular shape you desire. Once you are able to visualise the final shape of your placemat, you will know when you have completed a row of corks and are ready to move onto the next.

  6. 6

    Continue creating rows of alternating paired corks, making sure the cork pairs shift their orientation after every pair and every row. You should create a checkerboard-like pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • Look for corks in your collection that are approximately the same size when creating pairs. If a gap appears, fill in with a thinner or fatter cork, as appropriate.

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