My 15 uses projects often require plenty of small objects to create impressive pieces which means saving up your waste for a long time, which is cool, but its very satisfying to have the items you need here and now. luckily now I work in a pub I have abundant access to lots of bits and bobs, namely bottle caps and wine bottle corks. So today I am showing you some clever ideas for cork in the garden, for practical home uses and for a lovely bit of decoration or art. A good glue gun is all that’s required for most of these projects
5 cork ideas for gardening
1. Simple and easy, write the name of your plant on the side of a cork, stab the cork on to a wooden skewer and you will always know what you planted and where
2. A little bit of imagination and you can build a little house for all your feathered friends. You could create a simple box but the cottage is much more interesting
3. Hollow out the centres and create little planters for small succulents and air plants
4. Carve corks into little toad stools to plant round the garden to invited fairies in, you can even paint the tops red with white spots
5. You can use cork like you would pebbles to decorate flower beds and keep weeds down but if you whizz them up in the food processor they make great mulch to mix into your soil and help plants thrive. 5 decorative uses with cork
1. Hanging hearts are simple to make with a glue gun instantly adding decoration to a room
2. This shop has used corks with coloured ends to create an interesting display, could adapt well to a small business especially one with a green ethos
3. Far a way I know but never to0 early to think about Christmas, plus this will give you a chance to collect corks to make this cute little tree
4. Who ever did this has got some skills, all you need is a gizzilion corks and an eye for colour and shading. good luck if you attempt a portrait of this scale.
5. A simple letter monogram can be used in a bedroom or at a party, you could even do a whole word and spell out the birthday persons name
5 practical ideas for the home.
1. A basic rectangle bath math made from corks, brilliant but I imagine you want to make sure it gets a good airing every couple of weeks
2. a perfect little gift for those who work around water, screw and glue in place a loop screw into the top of the cork and attach the keys. I like them decorated as this little muscle man but plain can suffice or painted in a block colour.
3. Group lots of corks into a circle and secure with cable grips and you have an effective and eco friendly trivet for hot pans. You could glue the corks together as well to secure them further.
4. The classic cork craft, a notice board to stick all those receipts, business cards and post cards on.
5. A cork board tray for serving wine. perfect match especially if you collected the corks single handed or is that single glassed
I actually went for the boring practical option of a notice board simply because the pub needed one for the smoking area, but I think it comes up rather well especially with the chalk board beneath for more messages. Happy Crafting!