Is it half term where you are? Looking for ways to entertain the kids? To help I’ve put together a round-up of some great cork crafts for kids.
I’ve written all about why you should try and pick natural cork stoppered wine over screw-topped or plastic cork bottles so it’s a good way of putting your cork to good use. Otherwise you can buy cork stoppers online (eBay is a good source) or you can always ask friends, family and at local restaurants and bars to save any cork for you, rather than drinking litres and litres of wine to gather your cork!
Here are my favourite cork crafts. As with any kids crafts, adult supervision and help will be required:
These painted cork keyrings from El hada de papel are very cute – simply paint a cork and add a little eye hook (available from any diy store) and hey presto – a unique keyring!
Cork boats, such as these ones from Handmade Charlotte are really easy to make and great fun. You could make a few and have a boat race!
These cork mice, made from champagne corks by Russian blog All Together, are incredibly cute. Make a whole family for added “awwww” factor!.
These cork knights from Red Ted Art are the ultimate in reusing and recycling – not only do they use the cork, but also the wire cage and the metal lid too! And they look pretty amazing to boot!
If you’re looking for an incredibly simple and easy craft then these cork stamps from Knobz fit the bill. Simply glue wooden embellishments (available from craft shops) on to your corks, and you have an instant stamp set! If you can’t find any embellishments then buttons or even bits of foam cut out in different shapes and glued on will also do the trick.
If you don’t have kids and are wondering what to do with your cork then you can compost it. Cork doesn’t break down easily so don’t put the whole cork in – first chop it up into small pieces (or put it in your blender) and add it to your compost bin. You can also add the small fragments of cork to soil when you’re potting plants to aid with water retention. Alternatively, use the whole corks at the bottom of plant pots, when potting your plants, in place of styrofoam or rocks, to aid drainage.
Main image from here.