Last week I was looking out for unusual upcycles, having been inspired by heart shaped loo roll holders and mason jar madness. I came across some gorgeous jewelry made from wine corks but had trouble finding a tutorial. But high five to Karen, our trusty blog reader, who pointed out there are lots of tutorials online and to find them you just need to type ‘wine cork jewelry tutorials’ into Google. Who’d have thought!
First up, did you know how many cool things you can make with the simple wine cork. Of course, I would never have enough wine corks for most of these crafts………
This bath mat requires 175 corks and a heap of hot glue, this tutorial comes from craftynest.comCork bathroom mat tutorial from craftynest.com
This next idea would make a great Valentines gift if the corks being used have sentimental value. Perhaps you saved your wedding day corks or maybe you can save the corks you use this year and have a gift ready for next. This wine cork coaster tutorial comes from seamstresserin.com but there are a lot of others online.Wine cork coaster tutorial from seamstresserin.com
If you have only one special cork to use, perhaps from an anniversary, or again from your wedding, a special piece of jewelry is an easy craft to make for your sweetheart on Valentines day.
Here are a few examples of necklaces and pendants that are easy to make and easy to wear.
This one is my favourite, a pretty necklace wrapped in copper wire. This isn’t a tutorial, but if you look carefully you will be able to see how simple these are to make.Wine jewelry from Connecting pieces blog spot.
From simplecrafter.com. Includes tutorial
Necklace from Etsy store, Uncorked
For other ideas see this Etsy store, Uncorked which has rings, bracelets, keyrings and more all made out of wine corks. Again, no tutorials but lots of great pictures to make things easy to figure out. Experiment with stamps, paint and meaningful charms for unique and personal gift giving. You can be sure your beloved will LOVE this idea!