How To: Easy DIY Fire Starters, Plus 9 More Ways to Reuse Old Wine Corks

Easy DIY Fire Starters, Plus 9 More Ways to Reuse Old Wine Corks

Always downing a glass of red wine in the evening? Don't be ashamed. Red wine has some great health benefits when consumed in moderation, including improved memory, lower risk of heart disease, and even bone strengthening.

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Aside from improving your health, stocking up on your favorite wine can provide you with tons and tons of cork stoppers. Why would you do that? Because they can be reused for a million different purposes!

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Wine corks are a very popular medium in the art community, used for portraits, decorative letters, jewelry, and even sculptures. But they're also used for more practical reasons, like some of these awesome wine cork projects!

Wine Cork Coasters

What would go better with your glass of wine than some DIY wine cork coasters? It's the most obvious reuse for your old wine stoppers. You can even make a bigger one for your wine bottles.

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Tutorial at Heartmade Blog

Wine Cork Serving Tray

Now, expand on the coaster idea and make something with a little more room, like this DIY wine cork serving tray. Looks like you'll need about 188 wine corks for this one, so get drinking.

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Tutorial at Shine Your Light

Wine Cork Bath Mat

When you're drinking wine, eventually it will want to come out, so the bathroom seems like the nest best thing to share your wine cork wealth with. Give your feet something comfortable to stand on with this DIY wine cork bath mat.

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Tutorial at Crafty Nest

Wine Cork Bulletin Board

Most people buy bulletin boards when they need one, but why waste the money when you can make a perfectly good one at home? And drinks a few glasses of wine in the process? Check out this awesome tutorial on making a DIY wine cork corkboard.

Wine Cork Tuxedo

Who doesn't like to dress up nice? It feels awesome to put on some fancy clothes and strut about like a true sir. So, why not combine your need to look like a gentleman and your old corks? Behold the Corkxedo!

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Wine Cork Herb Markers

Keep losing track of which herbs are which in your garden? Wine corks to the rescue.

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Tutorial at Shine Your Light

Wine Cork Mulch

After you're done making herb markers with your wine corks, you might as well throw the rest of them in your potted plant for some protective biodegradable mulch.

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Wine Cork Fishing Bobbers

When you're fishing, sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not the fish are biting. That's where these DIY wine cork fishing bobbers come in.

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Wine Cork Chandelier

Need a new lighting scheme in your house? Go the upcycled route with this DIY wine cork chandelier.

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Tutorial at Mox and Fodder

Wine Cork Fire Starters

For the outdoor adventurer, perhaps the most practical reuse for old wine corks are fire starters. Just soak your cork stoppers in a jar of alcohol before you head out on your next camping trip and you've got instant fire!

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Tutorial at Camp Wander

Now, what are you going to make out of old wine corks?

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Love the fire starter idea. This reminds me of this awesome cork chair I saw a while back:

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Hello! Do you know? In French, we name wine corks "bouchon". It is also the french name for fishing bobbers!. But we say also "flotteur" (floater).

Another use of the old corks is to cut slice to use as shock absorbers (sliding doors) but also to adjust wobbly furniture. I always have a few wine corks in my toolbox!

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