Christmas Cork Projects
Updated: May 31, 2022
We love homemade gifts and we are always trying to reuse items we already have. This blog will show you how easy it is to use corks to make Christmas ornaments, wine charms, or package accents.
First, gather all your material together. You have some choices to make: paint colors, ribbon colors, and what you want to make. The numbers below are how many corks you need for each project.
Once you have decided on colors and project, paint your corks according to your colors. Don't be afraid to mix and match colors. Paint each end of the cork. This way you don't waste anything. Allow drying for several hours.
Once corks are dry cut them. You can cut them in half or shorter. You decide how thick you want your corks to be. Use one to guide cutting the others (left picture). You have some leeway when cutting. This part doesn't have to be exact.
Next place the corks the way you want them to look. Absolutely do not skip this step! Use a hot glue gun to glue corks together. I like to lay them flat (painted side down) after gluing each cork to keep them straight (especially if they aren't exactly the same length).
After the glue has dried it's time to attach the thumbtack and ribbon. I used a clear thumbtack but you can coordinate with your ribbon if you like. For the tree, I used a liquor cork as the base of the tree (right picture).
You can do a circle of ribbon or make a bow. If you want to use it as a place card holder you may not want any ribbon at all.
Once your projects are finished you can use them to decorate wine bottles, ornaments, or embellish packages. Don't be afraid if your corks have imperfections. This gives them character.