Instead of throwing out your used wine bottle corks with the trash, recycle them into creative artwork and functional pieces to use in your home or office. Wine bottle corks can be coloured using spray paint and held together easily with a little craft glue or glue from a hot glue gun. Plan your design first and cut corks down to size if they are uneven. When creating abstract art, cutting the corks into unusual sizes can add visual appeal to your creation.
Create an interesting art focal point for your wall by painting and gluing together wine bottle corks. Spray paint the corks in a well-ventilated area while wearing a protective mask, or hand paint the corks using acrylic paint and a large foam brush. Cut the corks into different sizes for a textured, 3-D effect.
To create a picture to hang, cut out a piece of cork board or thick cardboard and glue the painted corks across it in a pattern using clear-drying craft glue or a hot glue gun. To create a 3-D sculpture, cut a circular base out of cardboard or wood and glue the corks on top of each other to form curves or looming towers. Gluing the corks flat onto the circle will give you a colourful coaster to hold your drinks.
Create desk organisers in earthy colours by cutting a circle from a thin piece of wood and gluing plain wine bottle corks upright around the edge on top of the circle. Glue another round of corks on top of the first and continue until you reach the desired height for holding pencils or paper clips. Create cork holders in various sizes to hold different-sized items.
Create an in-box tray in the same fashion by cutting out a rectangle from a piece of wood that is at least 9 inches by 12 inches. This gives you plenty of room to store regular-size notebook paper. Glue corks around the edges on the top side of the board and add one or two additional layers on top. Let the glue dry and file your paperwork in your homemade in-box tray.
Wine corks will look right at home as a homemade notice board. The website Crafters Love Crafts suggests a simple design for creating your notice board. Find or make a wooden frame and stain or paint it the desired colour. After it dries, glue a thin piece of wood over the back of the frame to provide a surface for gluing your corks on to. Glue together two corks by running a line of glue up the side of one and sticking the sides of each together. Repeat this to create at least 20 more cork pairs, more if you want a larger notice board.
Glue the first pair in one corner inside the wooden frame. Position the next cork pair beside it, but turn it the opposite direction. For example, if your first pair goes up and down, turn the other so the long sides run horizontal instead. Glue in place and repeat until you've covered the entire board. Let dry and hang on the wall. Hang papers with pushpins.
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