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Monday, February 20, 2012

Craft: Wine Cork Vase

Today I've got a quick craft tutorial for you, wine cork vases. They're easy to make and only require a few supplies.

I can imagine these miniature vases adorning a table for a wedding. Sometimes I wish I had a wedding to plan simply for the crafting/decorating part of it. Maybe I missed my calling, party planner. But then again, I'm way too greedy with my weekends. I want them all for myself and family.

Wine cork
X-Acto knife
Small plastic vial - I used a plastic vile from a bubble container. The kind you find in the wedding section of the craft store.
Small craft saw

1. Soak wine cork in water overnight. This will prevent the cork from falling apart when you carve it.

2. Hollow out a hole in the center of the cork with an X-Acto knife. This takes a little time and patience. It took me about 10 minutes to carve out the hole.

3. With your craft saw, cut plastic vile to fit in cork.

*Don't have a bubble container on hand? Look around your house to see what else you could use. The plastic containers seed beads are packaged in would work just as well. Another idea would be caps from skinny markers. Check the junk drawer and get creative, you're bound to find something. Where there's a craft will there's a way.

4. Place plastic vial in wine cork, fill with water, and add a flower.

*Because the vases are so light, I recommend placing a removable glue dot on the base to prevent them from falling over.


Alice said...

Adorable craft, although I believe you should spell it "vial" in this case.

zakkalife said...


Thank you for letting me know :) Just fixed it.

Suzanne said...

so many things look so much better in the miniature, this definitely included.

Joy said...

Nice! I'll have to buy more wine to try this out for sure!

zakkalife said...


I just discovered you can buy wine corks at Target too. I think they're with all the vase fillers: shells, rocks, glass, etc.

Unknown said...

that is so cute Jessica. i love it!

Unknown said...

It's so cute!

LimeRiot said...

This is so sweet! I certainly have a load of wine corks laying around :).

Alexander said...

Hollow out the centre bit can be quite challenging. Hmm... still wondering how should I do it.

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carole said...

Excellent! thanks for these so cute and original ideas

Kim Taylor Kruse said...

Cute project! I'm wondering if you could use a drill press instead of the X-acto knife. Seems like it would be a lot faster, especially if you were making a bunch for a wedding. You'd have to use a vice or clamp of some sort to hold the corks safely in place.

Sarah Forhan said...

We adore it! We added your link to our Bowdabra Feature Friday post! http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/02/24/bowdabra-feature-friday-week-5/

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea and such a clever way to re-use wine corks. If you need recycled wine corks, I've seen them available at http://www.corkstore.com/Products/Recycled-Wine-Corks

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