By Britney Cruz
Journalist, Passionate about Interior Design and Happy Wife.
Cork has been around for decades, usually used as a closure mechanism for bottles, however nowadays we are beginning to see cork in furniture and art installations which is the main inspiration for writing this article. Cork is making a comeback that is quite astonishing. The idea of using cork as a base material for designing and making beautiful, and one of a kind pieces is a novel and innovative way of utilizing cork. Our favorite example for the use of cork; is within the furniture industry, as it truly transforms any piece into an art installation. Anyone of our friends seeing furniture made entirely out of cork, will be intrigued and curious to as what material is being used. What we found to be incredulously interesting, is how you can make your own intricate cork designs, which was really the driving force behind writing this article.
So here we bring you some D.I.Y projects that might interest you, especially since they are effortless, one of a kind, and interesting.
#1 Using wine corks as stamps:
You will need: – a few corks – a sharpie (or any felt tip marker) – a very sharp and effective crafting knife.
Steps: start off by drawing what you want to stamp on the cork (ex: a heart). Then you simply cut around the design chipping away the excess cork using the crafting knife. Lastly, you use it as a personalized stamp!; (reapply the marker after each stamp)
#2 Wine cork key chains:
Steps: take two hoop closures insert one in the cork and put one around the key, you then interlock both closures and push the vacant closure into the cork, and voila you are done.
This D.I.Y project is perfect for boat keys, since cork floats you will never lose your boat keys again!
#3 Use corks to embellish your home:
Steps: pick a design you want to replicate, draw it on a piece of paper, overlay the cork pieces on top, glue the corks together, and now you have a beautiful cork art installation on your wall.
#4 Cork knife handles:
Steps: you first pry the original handle off using pliers and a bit of force, then you take the cork you would like to use and cut a small straight line in the middle. Lastly, you just slide the knife’s back handle in and secure it with super glue if you wish to do so (the cork itself will automatically hold the knife in place, if there is no glue at your disposal). Finally, you put it to the test and make sure that its well sealed in place.
We personally have used all three D.I.Y projects in our daily lives. Especially, the second D.I.Y project since its very useful for anyone who travels and enjoys sitting by the poolside or on a yacht drinking a fabulous cocktail.
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