Friday, March 6, 2009

Reuse, Recycle and Drink Up!


If you are anything like me, you’ve drank enough wine to accumulate quite a few corks. On one hand they are a reminder of the good times, but what are the chances you can remember those good times after all those bottles of wine. I think that I will do something good for the environment and at the same time get rid of some of the overwhelming evidence of all those good times.

My mom mentioned she saw an article in the Kansas City Star with info on what to do with old corks. After perusing the article my favorite project is the cork coasters. These coasters are so versatile. If you’re having a wine tasting or an event where a specific wine is the guest of honor, it’s a great way to pull together the theme. These coasters would also make adorable and inexpensive parting gifts or wedding giveaways. Check out the How-to.


Start with a square cork coaster from a craft store. Then look for corks that are near the same size, and cut each in half lengthwise with the knife (a band saw will work for more experienced crafters). Arrange in any pattern you want, as long as they fit on the coaster. Excess coaster can be trimmed once the corks dry.

Put a liberal drop of glaze or glue on the flat side of each cork, and press to secure on the coaster. Repeat until space is covered. Cover with a heavy book that can lie evenly on the coaster, and let dry for at least two hours.

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