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Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 | 2 comments

Hot for Corks

Hot for Corks

These days when mercury rises (and stays) in the high 90s and you’re stuck inside, even if you’re not crafty, you could easily make one of these cool cork projects, as long as you have a supply of corks on hand – at least 30. If not, well, you know what to do. Enjoy a glass of wine (like these light summer whites). Or, post a request for corks on the Freecycle Network. If you only have a few corks, you could always make a coaster.

I made this trivet last night in about 5 minutes. This may be the quickest and easiest DIY project ever. A cork trivet makes a great housewarming gift or last-minute holiday gift. Who couldn’t use another trivet?

Upcycled Trivet

Here’s what you do:

  1. Buy one an adjustable metal clamp (about $4) from the hardware store.
  2. Assemble the corks making sure the heights are the same.
  3. Tighten the clamp with a screwdriver.
  4. Sand the edges.
  5. (Optional) Glue the corks. I plan to do that with a glue gun but you can also use a strong Tacky glue.

I think my next trivet will have a different shape, like this:

Cork trivet #2

You’d need to take a bit more time slicing the corks to make them less towering in height – a worthwhile endeavor if you want it to look gift-worthy. This trivet and coaster set is even thinner and has a more beautiful shape yet, but requires a needle and thread.

If you get hooked on upcycling with corks, check out the bazillion other cork projects you can do, including jewelry, bulletin boards, stamps, bathmats, and plant markers. Drink up!

Posted by Leslie


  1. Thanks for linking to the cork crafts on my blog! Your trivet turned out really cute and I agree that it would make a cute housewarming gift!

  2. Oh, nice ideas! I save corks. :)

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