If you love wine and DIY projects, this is literally the perfect project for you.  This is very easy and I would say for all ages but it involves using a knife.  So as long as you can be trusted with a sharp object, you can handle this project! 🙂

For this project you will need:

-Wine cork(s)
-Knife (I used a Santoku knife)
-Cutting Board
-Jewelry making eye pins
-Thick sewing needle (I used an upholstery needle)
-Sharpie Marker

First, collect your wine corks! Make sure they are actually cork material.  Some wine companies have cheapened their corks and are using a different material.  I would say each cork can produce 5-8 charms, depending on how thin/thick you end up cutting them.

cutting the corkOnce you have your corkscollected, you can begin making your charms.  Take your knife and use your cutting board to begin cutting your corks.  I would say if you go about a quarter of an inch thick- a little more or less won’t hurt.  The cutting process should be rather easy if you have a sharp knife and a steady hand.  If your knife is sharp enough, you can just push straight down without moveing your knife back and fourth; this will eliminate any jagged edges on the cork.

After you have all of your cork charms cut, you eyepinscan start to inserting your eye pins into the corks.  The corks have natural holes in them so if you get lucky you can slide the eye pins right through the natural corks.  If it isn’t possible to do that, use your thick sewing needle to create a hole in the cork.  Once you have your eye pins in the corks, you will want to bend them into a circle and use your pliers to make a little hook at the end so that they can close.  As a side note: I got the eye pins at Joann Fabrics for about $2.50 for a pack of 140. Talk about a good deal!

cork 1

Once this process is complete, now you just need to decorate! I went to fonts.com to find a typewriter look-a-like font that I thought looked nice. They have a ton of fonts on there, so its easy to find what you are looking for.  This was a gift for one of my best friends, Amber, so naturally I used her name for the design.  Luckily she doesn’t have duplicate letters in her name.  Score!

cork 2I was really pleased with how this project turned out, and Amber seemed to love them!  I gave her Corkcicle for her present and these wine charms were the perfect complimenting accessory to complete the gift.   I estimate that the charm project cost about $1 considering the corks are free and you really don’t use many of the eye pins from the package.  The cork wine charms are inexpensive, easy and fun to make! I swear!

Interested in trying this haus2home DIY project?  If you do, please share your photo on our social media outlets: we would love to see your creations!

Posted by:Jackie Hausler of haus2home

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog haus2home.com.

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