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6 Clever Wine Cork Hacks

Everyone knows (or is) someone who drinks wine. Once the bottle is finished off, you have all the extra corks lying around. I've got 6 useful hacks to make use of those extra corks!
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
First, you must boil the corks. This makes them softer, preventing them from crumbling and easier to cut. I boiled mine for 15 min.
Next, drain and dry your corks. It's a little difficult to work with them when they are damp.
Hack #1 - can a slit into the cork bottom that goes 1/2 way up the cork. Then, gently stretch the two sides apart.
Simply roll down the tops of your open bags and slide on the cork. Boom - instant chip clip!
Hack #2 - Repeat the same process as hack 1 but make the slit wider. This is also easier if you cut two parallel lines and hollow out the middle.
Now you've got the perfect phone stand. This came in handy when I was cooking so I didn't have to have my phone lying on the counter and having to pick it up with messy hands. It also acts as the perfect "cook book stand". It was so simple to read my recipe with the phone was standing up.
Hack #3 - This one is so simple. All you do is add a little hot glue to your mini close-pin and press it to your uncut cork.
This makes the perfect card, picture or not stand! Instant decor that is made in seconds.
Hack #4 + 5 - Slice the cork like you are cutting a block of cheese. This makes you little disks of cork.
With the disks, I used them as cabinet stoppers. This way, when I close my doors they don't slam shut. I also put them under my couch legs to stop them from scratching my hardwood.
Hack #6 - Simply get out your drill bit and drill the entire way through the cork. My bit wasn't long enough so I had to go in both sides. If you do this, just make sure they connect.
Replace your cork in your wine bottle filled with water and place this upside-down in your house plant. Voila! Instant self watering plant. There are millions of things you can do with wine corks and I'd love to hear your hacks! Tell me in the comments below. I have to say, I love all these hacks almost as much as I love wine....almost.

Materials used for this project:

  • Wine Corks   (Amazon)
  • Exacto Knife   (Staples)
  • Mini Close-pin   (Michaels)
  • Wendy O'Daly
    Wendy O'Daly New Zealand
    on Jan 30, 2017

    You can hollow out a cavity in the end & fill with cactus & succulent potting mix. plant succulents & make a mobile with about 6 plants hanging at different heights. I think we got the idea from Pinterest

  • Gobloodhound
    on Jan 30, 2017

    I cover the ends of sharp kitchen tools, like an ice pick, or meat tines. Think safety!

  • Lschomer
    on Jan 30, 2017

    I have cut corks in half lengthwise, made a small slit in the round part of the cork and used them at dinner parties for place cards that I print up on my computer. I also use the same method to make labels for food at buffets so I do not have to constantly describe each dish. But I did not know that boiling would make them easier to cut- great tip!

  • Susan Curby
    Susan Curby
    on Jan 30, 2017

    How long do you boil them?

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Jan 30, 2017

    Lots of great ideas. tfs :)

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