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Corky ideas
Fun ways to use your corks

03/08/18



 When you are finished drinking a bottle of wine and no longer need the cork, what do you do with it? In my house, corks go into my cork cage. I’d keep them there until it got full and then donate them to someone else’s craft project. 

This all changed recently when I began planning my wedding. I’ll be getting married at a nearby winery this summer so naturally I’ll be incorporating corks into the décor. For the first time in my life, I faced a big dilemma: I did not have the necessary amount of corks needed to adequately decorate.
I did what most people do these days when they need something and turned to social media. I asked my Facebook friends for corks and got an overwhelmingly positive response. I had friends and family send corks from all over the country, including Texas, Chicago, Maryland and Georgia. And of course, when I got them, I studied them carefully. I was very impressed with the selection! I now have them sorted by Champagne/sparkling, real cork and synthetic cork. Now I just need to figure out what to do with them!
I have scoured Pinterest at this point, so if you have some extra corks around, I have a few ideas of things you can make with them (and you don’t need to be planning a wedding, either). Here is one tip I picked up online: Soak corks in hot water for 10 minutes before you cut them so they don’t crumble. In some cases, cutting them means you have a flatter surface to work with.
Cork board: This may seem very obvious, but instead of buying a cork board, you can make your own. All you need is a frame, some glue and a pattern. I have seen people use everything from old drawers to picture frames. 
Cork letters & numbers: This is an idea I am using for my wedding. I am planning to make at least a “B” out of corks for my new last name, but may attempt table numbers as well. You could make your own initials, a number or a shape out of them; there are many possibilities. 
Jewelry holder: I really like this idea because I haven’t found one I like in stores. To make this, all you need is some corks, glue, string and some hangers or hooks. Glue the corks together in a horizontal line with them facing the way they would in the bottle. Add a hook to the bottom of each. When you are finished, attach a string to each end and then hang up. Now your necklaces and bracelets can be neatly organized. 
Wreath: This is a wreath you can display year-round to let people know you are a wine enthusiast. There are several ways you can do this. One of the easiest is to start with a foam base and glue the corks onto it, creating whatever pattern you want. From there, you can decorate it with ribbon, grapes or embellishments. 
Coasters: Cork is absorbent, so it is a natural material for coasters. For this one, you could cut the corks into smaller rings or even cut them in half so you have a flat surface to work with. It may also be helpful to find corks around the same thickness so they line up evenly with each other. I have also seen these made in small wooden frames as well to keep them flat. 
 
LaBelle Winery Winterfest
LaBelle Winery will hold its fifth annual Winterfest Family Fun Event at its Amherst location on Saturday, March 3, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and includes fun activities for the entire family. Attendees can enjoy sledding, snowshoeing in the vineyard, nature tours, snowman crafts, face painting, a bonfire and more. Plus, there will be complimentary maple syrup on snow, s’mores and liquid nitrogen ice cream, along with some other items for purchase, including mulled wine and boxed lunches. For a full schedule of events and more information, visit labellewineryevents.com. 





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