Last Updated on
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:
- scissors to cut wire
- jewelry pliers
- wire with a hole at the tip (see photos)
- twine or wine tag clips (a.k.a. earring rings)
- needle or safety pin
- 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!