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5 Ingenious Ways With Cork

Cork is a totally unique material that’s increasingly being recognised for its incredible sustainable properties. Over the course of a cork tree’s lifetime, it can be harvested continually without being harmed. Not only that, but cork is a fabulously versatile material for crafting, and it’s often one that can be found around the house in the form of collected wine corks and old cork boards. For brilliant new ways to use this material, look no further.

5 Ingenious Ways With Cork

1. Cactus coasters

We love a craft that’s both stylish and practical, and this quirky idea for storing coasters definitely fits the bill. Helen Kirkham’s genius step-by-step instructions will show you how to use a ScanNCut to create perfect circles that you can decorate to form a fun cactus design that doubles as a practical coaster set.

2. Upcycled vases

Recreate on-trend natural interior styles by jazzing up a few plain vases with your collection of old wine corks. You can achieve the desired effect with a simple dab of glue and a clever pattern that will show off the designs of each individual cork. For the full steps, click here.

3. Cork bags

Cork fabric is surprisingly soft and easy to sew, and it can bring a touch of originality to your projects. Get your creative juices flowing with Create with Cork Fabric by Jessica Sallie Kapitanski (505266), which will give you 17 ingenious ways to add cork accents to bags, purses and pouches, as well as home decor. For more cork sewing fun, why not try using Threaders Cotton-Backed Cork Sheet in Dark Chocolate (500171) with one of Gemini’s Bag Making Kits?

4. Place settings

Although big events like weddings are likely to be on hold at the moment, with lockdown restrictions relaxing this summer we’ll be able to meet with friends and family for an outdoor picnic or barbecue. Make the occasion extra special (and map our your socially distanced seats!) with gorgeous place settings. Using wine corks, simply cut 1cm down into the top with a small hacksaw. Brush away any sawdust and spray paint in brilliant gold.

5. Placemats

One-of-a-kind colourful placemats can be made by using washi tape or paints and stencils to decorate plain cork. Get inspired by washi tape designs here, or with impressive stencilled patterns here. We think a mandala design, such as theCreative Expressions Stencil by Andy Skinner - Mandala (567051), or a pretty floral pattern like the Tonic Studios Background Stamp and Stencil Collection (498622), would look fab.