Re-purposed Wine Corks

The other night I was cleaning out that junk drawer that we all have in the kitchen. You know you which one I’m talking about. That corner drawer that holds all kinds of random things that you don’t have a designated spot for. Well, I was cleaning mine.  Each time I open a bottle of wine, I stash the cork in that kitchen drawer. Why? Because I like to collect the designs from different vineyards and they look so earthy, organic, and rustic. It must be an artist thing. I’ve collected a few corks over time. I didn’t want to throw them away because I thought that I’d find a creative way to use them later. I decided that they would make great refrigerator magnets. They can add some charm to any foodie or wine-enthusiast’s kitchen, don’t you think?

That same evening I got some strong magnets, wood glue, a sharp knife, some satin varnish, and I got to work. The first challenge was to cut the cork in perfectly even halves without the corks crumbling. A good sharp knife was very helpful. The next trick was to carve out a perfect circle to insert each round magnet on each cork because I didn’t want to glue a big ugly magnet on the back of my corks. I want my magnets to stick and flush against the surface. I will admit that it did take a little more time and patience. I had to be careful not to cut too much or push too hard because one wrong move would damage and crack the entire cork.

There was one cork in the bunch that had no design on it. It was like a blank canvas for me to draw a little wine bottle on each piece. These became my favorites. Once the corks were prepared I gave them a couple of coats of satin varnish to finish their look and seal them from any dust or damage. I’m pretty happy with the results and I still have more corks to work with. Here are the corks waiting for the glue to dry. I’m pretty happy with the results. What do you think about these?


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