How to Make Wine Cork Coasters
Recycle the corks from bottles of wine by crafting some attractive wine cork coasters. Not only will they give you a trendy accent to your tabletops, they will protect it well from condensation damage and scratches. The basic tools and techniques are fairly simple, and you can personalize the coasters by arranging the corks in different ways. Keep a few corks with red wine stains to add to the design possibilities.
Things You'll Need
- Wine corks
- Sharp craft knife
- Cutting board
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Felt fabric
Save corks from wine bottles, or purchase them from crafts stores. You will need approximately eight corks for each coaster you wish to make. Use only cylindrical, natural corks, not the synthetic or mushroom-shaped ones. Wash the corks thoroughly in a solution of hot soapy water and allow them to dry completely.
Use a very sharp craft knife and a chopping board to cut each cork in half along its length, so that you have two equally sized discs of cork. Take care to make the cut perfectly so the cork pieces are the same height and not uneven. Use a ruler to ensure they are all the same height, if necessary.
Arrange the cut pieces of cork on a flat surface. The simplest wine cork arrangement for a coaster consists of four rows of four pieces of cork. You can make the coasters larger by adding another row, or make them smaller by only using three corks in each row. You can also arrange them in a flower pattern with one piece of cork in the center and other pieces of cork ringed around it.
Glue the pieces of cork together at the sides with a hot glue gun and glue sticks, or a strong clear-drying craft glue. Apply glue to the side of one wine cork and press it securely to the side of the next one. Be sure that the tops of the corks are even with each other to make a smooth surface for your drinks. Continue gluing all the pieces together until the coaster design is complete.
Cut out a piece of felt fabric that just fits on the bottom side of the wine cork coaster. Glue this piece of fabric onto the bottom of the coaster. The felt will protect your furniture from scrapes, and also helps to make the cork coaster more stable. When the glue is dry, the wine cork coaster is ready to use.
- For an alternative design, cut the corks lengthwise and glue them directly to the felt base in an arrangement of your choice. You can also leave the corks whole and glue them together side-by-side.
- Tie or glue a ribbon around the outside edge of the coaster for a pretty touch.
- A larger version of a wine cork coaster makes a handy trivet.
- Be very careful when using a hot glue gun. It gets extremely hot and can cause burns.
- Hold the corks steadily while you cut them in half. A very sharp craft knife makes the task easier and safer.