Easy DIY Repurposed Wine Cork Charm Tags

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This might be my favorite way of repur­pos­ing used wine corks. (besides the wine cork mulch idea) Instead of using pre­dictable store bought charms, name tags or dif­fer­ent col­ored rib­bons, I used dif­fer­ent win­ery corks for my wine tags. The next time you have a party and don’t want to run out of glasses, this is the per­fect thing to have on hand. Every­one will know which glass is theirs by their winemaker. It’s also a great con­ver­sa­tion starter. Every­one can chat about their par­tic­u­lar win­ery and if and what they drink from there, etc…

Go from this:

To this:


  1. scis­sors to cut wire
  2. jew­elry pliers
  3. wire with a hole at the tip (see photos)
  4. twine or wine tag clips (a.k.a. ear­ring rings)
  5. nee­dle or safety pin
  6. old wine corks (no two can be the same)

It’s very easy and I’ve pro­vided a step by step with pho­tos below. You first need to make a hole in the cork with a nee­dle or safety pin. Then you take your wire that has been cut down as seen in pho­tographs and insert it into the pre-poke hole with your jew­elry pli­ers. From there if you’re using twine you just feed it through the hole and tie/cut around your wine glass. If you’re going to use the ear­ring rings for you holder then you just put it on the ring and fas­ten. I think the twine is more rus­tic and cool look­ing but it’s harder since you have to cut and re-tie every time you use them. The ear­ring method is how typ­i­cal wine tags are made and sold since you can take them off and on easily.

I think mak­ing a dozen of these and putting them in a clear bag or dec­o­ra­tive chi­nese take out box would be a great gift! Think host­ess gift, thank you, co-workers, neigh­bors, mother-in-law, boss, brother, teacher, me… well, you get the idea.

If you plan on doing a trip to the wine coun­try, you could col­lect all your dif­fer­ent corks and make tags from them. Then when you use them, you’ll think back on the good mem­o­ries you had on that spe­cial vacation.

I like repur­pos­ing wine corks. I usu­ally find ideas like plant mulch or DIY wine cork charms for glasses. This time I found the ulti­mate in repur­pos­ing those old corks! Scott Gun­der­sen is an artist who makes por­traits using wine corks. The above photo shows him in action cre­at­ing a mas­ter­piece out of 9,217 corks. How cool is that? I just had to share this with every­one. It’s absolutely amazing!

Scott Gun­der­sen/artist