Saturday, December 31, 2011

11 Ways to Repurpose Corks: New Years Edition

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 New Years Eve is a good excuse to get together with your friends drink some bubbly and play with glitter. This year is no different- but instead of tossing those corks into the trash here are 11 ways to repurpose them! (Be sure to check out these awesome Green Party ideas perfect for New Years Eve too!)
  1. Make your next party fancy with wine cork place card holders! Just cut a small slit into each cork and slide the place card right in. Bonus points if the place cards are made from reused material, too. (cereal boxes?!)
  2. Scratch proof flowerpots Glue slices of cork to the bottom of your pots to keep from getting scratchy scratches and helps with drainage too!
  3. You can slice the cork into rounds that would work wonderfully as beads for a necklace, earrings, or  bracelet!
    betinaworks on etsy
  4. duh! make a cork board!
  5. Bust out the blender- Shred corks and use them in the garden as mulch
  6. Or- Sow a seed. Keep your green thumb clean and have even sowing holes and the same time.  The next time you are sowing seeds in the garden use a wine cork to create your small holes.  If you want to be faster attach several wine corks to a board spaced out according to your planting preferences.  Just flip the board over and press the corks lightly into the ground; lift and pop your seeds in all of your new holes.
  7. Corks make great stamps! Check out Elaine’s awesome cork stamps
  8. Do you have a ton of old corks that need a new life? You can slice those suckers in half lengthwise and attach them to the wall along the floor or at waist height to make a cork chair rail!
  9. Pin cushion- stick it.
  10.  Wikihow.com suggests that you keep old corks in a sealed jar filled with alcohol.  When you are ready to light a fire, place a cork or two underneath your kindling and newspaper and light them with a match.
  11. auroamae on etsy
  12. Set down your wine, and pick up your needles- I found upcycled cork stitch stoppers from auroramae on etsy. (picture up top)
Please feel free to share your tips and ideas for reusing cork or suggest a good bottle of wine (because I still haven't found one I really enjoy) I'd love to hear how you'll be ringing in the New Year tonight too!

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