Having a husband in the wine industry means we have A LOT of corks lying around. No, it's not from all the wine we drink (I promise), but it is pretty cool. I mean, think of all the project possibilities! I even have a full pinboard dedicated to cork projects. But as with most things on Pinterest, I say, "Ooohh, how cute," pin it … and then forget it.
Today, though, we actually attempted our first cork project, and I will say these coasters came out pretty cute! So if you want to give it a try (I am sure you have some corks lying around, right?), here is how we did it.What You Need:
- Wine corks (We used about four per coaster)
- Plain coasters (We used old ones that needed some sprucing up)
- Serrated knife
- Glue gun
- A level (did you know you have a level on your iPhone?)
For your first step, you want to steam your corks for about five minutes. This will make them softer to cut and work with. (This step lets you be able to really use any knife. I just used a kitchen knife.)
Once you have softened your corks and cut them in half, place them on your coaster in the design you want before gluing. Then you can make sure the corks are level and steady, so your drinks won't come crashing down. (Okay, with two kids and a pup, my drinks always come crashing down. But let's pretend, for the sake of the project, that the house is quiet, classical music is playing, and you are curled up with a good book and your Merlot. )
Once you have cut your corks evenly and made sure they are the same height, it's time for the fun part: GLUE! (I've been around a toddler for too long, getting so excited about glue and all.)
After you have glued your coasters and let them dry thoroughly, it's time for the hard part: putting your coaster to work. We love these so much already because the glasses (be they water, wine, or sippy cups) don't slide.
There you have it! Now, get busy...while I search for more ways I can glue corks together.
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