I’m looking to update my home office nook so I set out to look for cheap ways to organize the spot. I stumbled upon a video by Thrifty Fun that features a wine cork bulletin strip and thought it was so clever that I’m sharing it with you. This also inspired me to look for other ways to repurposed an item that eventually goes straight into the trash can.
I’m sharing 12 uses for wine bottle corks that will cost you zilch.
1. Make a doorstop. Slice along the length of a cork at an angle and push the cork under a door to keep it from slamming shut.
2. Hush up your cabinets. Slice a cork into thin circles and glue the pieces to the inside corners of cabinet doors to quiet them when closing.
3. Make mulch. Grind corks and use the bits as moisture-retaining mulch. Perfect for your garden!
4. Use as eyeliner. I once saw actress Courtney Cox (any Friends fans out there?) show comedienne and talk show host Rosie O’Donell this trick. If you’re in a pinch, burn a cork. Blow it out. Let it cool down. Then use it do define your eyes. Watch Courtney Cox share the tip! Scroll the YouTube video to 7:46 to see her line her eyes.
5. Make a floor mat. This is a unique-looking accessory! Plus, a cork mat is useful by your front door, mudroom, or shower to keep floors dry and clean. BB shares how to make a cork bath mat.
6. Assemble a hot plate. Corks are very heat resistant. Similar to the steps for making a cork board, you can use a picture frame and hot glue the corks down. A prettier option is to slice rounds and glue them side by side to create coasters.
7. Make your own stamps. This would be lovely to personalize letters. All you need to buy is ink.
8. Use them as place card holders. Cut a slit in them and make the cards from something you would’ve otherwise thrown away like cereal boxes or greeting cards.
9. Use them as pin holders. No more wasting time looking for pins!
10. Use them as floor savers. Slice the cork into small disks and attach to the bottom of furniture, chairs, and other items that could scratch the floor.
12. Recycle them. Did you know you can get paid to recycle cork? One company that pays you to do so is Yemm & Hart Ltd, but you’ll have to collect at least 10 pounds of pure cork.
I already have a couple friends who have vowed to help me collect more cork by drinking more wine. They really want me to make my board!
How do you reuse wine bottle corks?