How to Make a 5-Minute Patio Table Using Wine Corks

5 Materials
5 Minutes

Spring is finally upon us! Hallelujah! I've been waiting for this nice weather since last summer ended and now the time has come to start sprucing up our yard again.

Because of the layout of our yard, we don't have a great space for patio furniture so when we have guests over, we sit family-style on a big picnic table Rob made a few years ago and once the stars come out, we usually gather around our little campfire in beach chairs and on 2 makeshift benches Rob made out of driftwood we picked up at Montauk Point.

However, our guests usually sit their drinks on the ground so this project is the perfect solution to that small issue.

Tools and materials for the DIY project

Tools and materials

  • 20" resin whiskey barrel planter
  • Lots of wine corks (I had about 2 grocery bags full that I've collected over the years.)
  • 17-3/4" pine round
  • A round piece of glass (I found an end table at a local thrift store with a removable glass top that I scored for $10!)
  • Everbilt Assorted Self-Adhesive Round Vinyl Surface Bumpers (You'll definitely want these if you're using a ceramic planter so as not to scratch your glass top!)


Bricks/big rocks/bag of sand for weight if using a resin planter

Placing the pine round

STEP 1: Place the pine round

First, I placed my pine round in my whiskey barrel planter. You can use anything round to replace the pine round such as a pizza pan. Depending on what you're going to fill the top of your planter with, you'll want to have space between the pine round (or pizza pan) and the top edge of your planter.

I needed quite a bit of space because of how bulky my wine corks were so the 17-3/4" pine round gave the perfect amount of space from the top edge of the planter.

Filling the planter with corks

STEP 2: Fill the top of the planter

Next, I poured all of my wine corks into my planter. The ideas are endless as to what you can display in your planter: sand and shells, sea glass, painted pinecones, etc.

Spreading out the wine corks

Once my wine corks were poured in, I spread them out evenly over the pine round.

Adding vinyl bumpers to the planter

STEP 3: Add vinyl bumpers

After my wine corks were arranged, I stuck vinyl bumpers to the edge of my planter so that my glass top had a little cushion to sit on.

Placing the glass on top of the planter

STEP 4: Place glass

Finally, I placed my round piece of glass on top of my planter, ensuring that it was centered.

DIY Patio Table Using Wine Corks

DIY Patio Table Using Wine Corks

It was amazing how quick and easy this project was but even more than that, it's totally functional! We love having friends over in the summertime around our little campfire, and instead of everyone placing their drinks on the ground, we now have this cute little table that really makes a statement.

DIY wine cork ideas

For more creative ways to use wine corks to make cute home decor, discover the best wine cork DIY ideas on Hometalk.

Resources for this project:
lot 10 Wine Corks Bottle Bung Stopper Preservation DIY Cork Board 19mmx 30mm
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  • Secenia Secenia on Mar 04, 2019

    What is an alternative for wine corks?

  • Gabrielle Falk Gabrielle Falk on May 30, 2020

    What a simple, and unique decor item. Did you drink lots of wine to get the corks? Just joking.

  • Yolanda Yolanda on Oct 20, 2020

    How big do you think the glass round is you used for this project?

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  • Carole Kahn Carole Kahn on Jan 16, 2020

    Great Decor Piece! (with functionality!!)

  • Amanda Funk Marshall Amanda Funk Marshall on Feb 24, 2020

    I love this idea. I have a metal bucket that I'm thinking of doing it like this. It hasxa lid tho and I had thought about storing my outside tools in it then making a light weight waterproof table top for my storage table .