I hope y’all have recuperated from your Thanksgiving festivities. SO MUCH FOOD, right?! So much delicious food . . . and wine. I thoroughly enjoy a good inexpensive wine so I’m always on the lookout for great flavor under $20. Honestly, I enjoy a glass of wine most evenings while I cook dinner. It’s relaxing and tasty and just a simple luxury at the end of my day. That enjoyment leads to an abundance of wine corks though and I just can’t bring myself to throw them away. Some are sentimental and remind me of a special celebratory moment in our life while other wine corks are just really cool looking or have unique quotes. Mostly though, as I’m just about to toss the cork in the garbage, I experience a nagging feeling that there is a great craft project out there just waiting for these corks to be re-purposed and re-enjoyed.


I’ve found some fun wine cork projects from the creative powers that be  (A.K.A. Pinterest). I love these wine cork pendants from Who Said Crafts. What better combination can there be than enjoying wine and playing with ink, stamps and paint (rhetorical question).



This too cute planter box made from wine corks comes straight from the source at Beckman Vineyards. Check out Crafty Composition’s August 2017 post, 7 Terrifically Unique Terrariums for some how-tos and inspiration on using succulents.


Cork Craft Ideas Beckmen Vineyards


There are several fun ideas for recycling wine corks on this post from DIYBUNKER. I LOVE the snowman wine gift tag…


Cork Craft Ideas DIY BUNKER


and this birdhouse is so stinkin’ cute. I WANT TO MAKE THIS!! Or better yet, I could purchase this one from Leslie’s Cork Creations on Etsy.


Cork Craft Ideas Leslie's Cork Creations Etsy Store


Well now I’m feeling super INSPIRED to do something creative with my wine cork stash! Stay tuned to see what crafty cork creation I’ve come up with. Until then, try the 2015 Lodi Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel . Blackberry, chocolate and caramel with a bit of peppery zip – as the bottle states, it’s just down right good!



  1. Wendy | 28th Nov 17

    Cute! Cute! Cute! My first thought on seeing the cork pendants…stitch markers for my wine loving knitting friends! I’ll let you know how they turn out…

    • JoElle | 5th Dec 17

      That’s brilliant Wendy! I did find that cutting it across – to make circles…was more difficult to get an even thickness. I’m wondering if an electric knife would work – like the good ol’ carving the turkey electric knife. It’s worth a try. Let me know how it goes.

  2. Vikki | 28th Nov 17

    So many corks–so many crafts. I especially like the planter and birdhouse ideas. Trivets are an old and ideal use for corks too (and the easiest of all projects). For those plain corks we don’t know what to do with, our local grocery store has a bin in the liquor department for recycling them.

    • JoElle | 28th Nov 17

      The planter and the birdhouse were my favorites too Vikki. That’s awesome that your grocery store has a bin for recycling them. Trivets are a great idea too. I saw one project on pinterest where they did an entire wall around a dart board. It was really cool but talk about a lot of wine corks! I hope they didn’t drink all of that on their own. Thanks for your comments. I LOVE to hear from you.

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