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Motherhood and wine often go hand in hand, but unwinding after the kids are in bed isn't the only reason to uncork your favorite bottle of vino. From kids crafts like cork mice to cork stamps, discover four wine cork crafts for kids that will give you a good reason to pop open another bottle.
While cork horses and reindeer are fun, these little critters are a slightly easier craft for kids to do on their own, both for the holidays or year-round.
- Pink cardstock or foam
- Black marker
- Cut two ear shapes from the cardstock and a small length of string for the tail.
- Lay cork on its side and have your kiddos glue the ears on either side of the large end of the cork, and the tail on the smaller end of the cork.
- Twist the screw into the larger, flat end of the cork for the nose.
- Use the black marker to color the screw "nose" and draw two dots for eyes and your cork craft is done!
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There are no set rules when you create cork craft monsters, so let your youngster's imagination run wild!
- Google eyes, yarn, buttons, bottle caps, felt or anything you can find in your junk drawer (optional)
- Encourage your youngsters to draw the silliest, scariest or cutest faces they want on the cork.
- Use markers or craft odds and ends to decorate their monster cork craft for kids in hair, hats or clothing.
- Place a drop of glue on the end of the toothpick and insert into the cork for arms and legs; use a small screwdriver to poke holes for the toothpicks if you're having trouble getting them in. Then you'll be ready to display your parade of cork craft monsters all year long!
This cork craft for kids requires a little more adult supervision with the glue gun, but if you have patience, opting for craft glue will give your brood a little more independence with this craft.
- Popsicle sticks
- Foam sheet or paper for sail
- Glue gun
- Markers (optional)
- Using your glue gun, help your kids glue three corks together side-by-side to form the raft.
- Use scissors to create a slit in the middle of one cork to insert the popsicle stick; secure with hot glue to form the raft's mast.
- Cut a sail from the foam sheet for a waterproof sail — or from the paper for a less permanent one — and cut a horizontal slit 1/2" from the top and the bottom edges.
- Slide sail onto popsicle stick and float in the pool, in the tub or invite the neighborhood kids outside for a race down the gutter!
Whether it's match stick ends, buttons, foam stickers or cutting into the end of the cork itself to make a design, there are no limits when it comes to using corks as stamps.
- Foam shapes or craft foam sheets
- Stamp pad
- Adhere foam shape to flat end of a wine cork and secure with glue for a quick-and-easy craft for kids.
- Or, get creative and cut out your own letters from a foam sheet and glue to the flat end of a wine cork to create a custom stamp.
- Let kids press cork craft stamps to stamp pad and create their own paper or fabric design — the possibilities are endless!
Are your youngsters excited over wine cork crafts for kids? You don't have to worry about empty bottle after bottle of vino to keep up. You can pick up a bag of new corks at your favorite craft store or try heading to your local restaurant like Graziano's and ask for their used wine corks and savor sipping your favorite wine without the pressure.
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