Wine corks are great for handicrafts. With creativity, a soldering iron and a hot glue gun this is how to make wine cork coasters. Find out how to make the pretty stars and what you need here.
Don’t throw them away! That was the theme this year when a bottle of wine was empty. The wine corks get a new life as pretty coasters for candles and glasses. They fit especially well into the Advent and Christmas season with their star shape, but by foregoing Christmas patterns, you can easily use them all year round.
How to make wine cork coasters as stars is not difficult, you need a soldering iron and all-purpose glue or better a hot glue gun. So that they can be wiped clean and spilled drinks or dripped wax can be easily wiped off or even scraped off, it is advisable to burn in patterns instead of painting them on. For me, this was the first realisation of a hazy idea to work the corks with the soldering iron for burn painting and I am very happy with the result. The best thing: If you use a soldering iron with tips and stamps like I do, it’s really easy to burn beautiful patterns into the wine corks.
I think it’s great to give old objects a new life. This upcycling is a trend I’m all for, because we create so much waste in life and you can still make great things out of a lot of it! On Abenteuer Freundschaft you can find many different crafting ideas with instructions on how to do it: From a cotton pad dispenser, a round gift box or toilet roll gift box. Plus lots of ideas for the festive season from cork Christmas ornaments, clothes peg stars to toilet roll Advent calendar, kitchen roll Advent calendar and Advent calendar in a jar.
You can find all the materials I used to make the cork coasters on the materials list below.
It’s worth making a set of 4 or 6 coasters from corks. Most of the time is spent waiting for the various stamp attachments on the soldering iron to cool down so you can change them. This way you work through the patterns one after the other in a time-efficient way. I used 8 different stamps, so it definitely saved a lot of time!
Not every cork is exactly the same length, some have bulges at the ends. It is important that you try to cut the corks into 1 cm slices of the same thickness. The best way to do this is to mark the cuts at 1.2 cm intervals with a tape measure, use a serrated knife and cut the corks evenly into slices. A bread knife has proven best for this.
You will need 13 cork slices for each cork coaster.
Then divide the cork slices into patterns, heat up the soldering iron and burn in the patterns one after the other. Of course, you can also do this freehand if you don’t have a stamp attachment. Be careful to set some patterns very densely so that a large amount of black is burnt onto the cork and others very discreetly to leave more of the cork. It’s the mix that makes the beautiful look!
Choose cork discs with different patterns and place them as you want to glue them together. Place one cork disc in the middle and surround it with 6 thicker cork discs. In each of the six indentations between the cork discs, place another cork as a star point.
Now glue the cork discs together with the hot glue gun as shown in the picture and remove any excess glue before the glue has dried. To do this, place the coaster on a mat so that the cork discs are glued to each other exactly level on the underside and form a straight surface.
Turn the cork coasters upside down. The ground level side is the top side so that glasses and candle stands with delicate feet do not tip over. The small irregularities on the underside balance each other out and do not affect the stable stand of the coasters.
Now glue the ribbon around the star. To create the points, leave a piece of ribbon about 1 cm or a fingertip wide protruding from the centre of the star, fold it over and press it together as a point. Work slowly and immediately smooth the ribbon over the hot glue to avoid creases.
Finally, glue a rhinestone lancet onto each cork prong from the centre to the tip of the overlapping ribbon prong.
Have fun making coasters out of corks!
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