Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm Collecting Wine Corks


So as you know, I like to drink wine.


And recently, I’ve started collecting wine corks. I have this many so far:


It’s been a week.

Anyway, it’s not enough yet to do anything really cool. I can say hi:


And make a heart:


But that’s about it.

But I know it won’t take long at all for me to gather an impressive amount. Like, enough to take over my kitchen.

I need to figure out something to do with them.  I’m not terribly crafty, but I also don’t want to just make a picture frame or bulletin board. I need ideas.
*Real Suggestion
I’m not planning on collecting quite that many, Boyfriend.

That’s a terrible idea, self. You’re not that good at this. What say you, dear reader?



41 comments:

  1. I say you build a clone of yourself, make the clone get a second job, bank lots of money, then float down the river on the clone.

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  2. Hi Mayor G! Here's some ideas http://pinterest.com/vanspy65/101-things-to-do-with-wine-corks/
    I wish I had something witty and clever to share. I'll leave all that fun stuff up to you. ;) Hope you are doing very, very well.

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    1. Thanks! Pinterest will be like crack to me.

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  3. Ha, the first idea I had was the boat! I wouldn't do a picture frame either. A replica Eiffel Tower? And not to be a downer, but there are charities that take corks too. Or you could just make a cork safety-suit for Boyfriend so that when you get all eye-pokey or punchy, he's protected.

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  4. I saw a chair on etsy. I have about a hundred and I'm currently becoming a wine consultant who does in house tastings. How many you need?

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    1. Somewhere between 10 and 1,000. :P I kid I kid. I'm just gonna see how many I can drink through in a reasonable amount of time.

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  5. Collect many corks. Many. No, I said many! Cut them all to be exactly the same length. Save the tiny little bits. When you have enough, cover the floor in a layer, squeezing them tightly together. Very tightly so the cylindrical sides ooze together. Then grind up the extra bits, and stuff them into the little spaces. Sand the floor so it's completely smooth, letting the slurry fill up the spaces between the cylinders. A free, great looking floor, and you never have to worry about breaking another of your two wine glasses. That ought to keep you out of mischief for a while. Maybe your critters could help. Boyfriend won't, other than drinking the wine.

    No, really, why would you collect used corks? Many of them are munged up from the corkscrew.

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    1. Etsy told me you can use them to be creative!

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  6. You keep drinking that wine. I think you have enough already for one of those cool Australian hats that have the corks dangling around the perimeter. Then, next time you're crossing a river, your head won't sink.

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  7. I can not believe you drew all of those corks.... :)

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  8. I also collect wine corks. I'd have many more by now but being pregnant kind of put the kebosh on my wine consumption for a little bit. My intention is to make a serving tray, or TV tray out of them. You can get kits to make them at hobby stores. Lay them in the form super tight and then shellac the hell out of them. It may be time consuming but I think they're kind of neat. (Have you ever been to a bar where they have the bottle caps shellacked into the bar top? It's the same idea but with wine corks.)

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  9. I have a friend who owns a winery and basically, they only collect corks from unique bottles of wine or from other local wineries. They have them displayed in a gianormous novelty wine glass on their kitchen counter. It's actually pretty nifty.

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  10. You could make a pet out of corks, it wouldn't even need feeding so it would be ideal when you're feeling lazy!

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  11. Good luck! I wish I had some corks to send you to help out with this awesome project you have cooking there, but we only get screw top wines here. Shut up, they do the job.

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  12. Hi! New follower from Twitter. Love your cartoons! Wish I could draw worth a crap! It would make my posts less boring. ;-)

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  13. I saw some pretty sweet coasters made out of corks (cut in half) and they looked neato burrito. My friend Ashley (a newlywed) made a monogram "S" for their mantle out of a shit-ton of corks. It looks purdy sweet..

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  14. Build a cork boyfriend to hug while real boyfriend is playing golf....

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  15. I'm SO not crafty enough to be a part of this conversation... but I admire your gumption.

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  16. Looks like cork-ocalypse in your kitchen!! You could make a wine bottle :)

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  17. My hubby and I had a wine tasting weekend away a few weeks ago. We went to a restaurant in wine country and saw they had interesting lamps. The lamp stand was clear glass, and filled with corks. There's an idea. :)

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  18. I started saving mine a few months ago as well. I'm not as...well off as you are though so I've only amassed three. Yea, I need to work on it. Mine will probably just go in a pretty vase and go on display somewhere.

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  19. I have an old steel milk crate, that I toss my beer bottle caps in, just in case I need them.

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  20. My MIL made trivets to put hot pots on out of the corks. She just found thick picture frames, removed the glass and hot glued the cork down. Also, they could make for fun throwing toys when Boyfriend acts up!

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  21. You could throw them at people. It would hurt less than throwing stones.

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  22. I am saving corks for my sister-in-law, who is using them to fill the clear glass bases of two largish lamps, which I think is stupid and tacky, but there you have it.

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  23. We collected corks until they threatened to fill all the closets. 3 thoughts:

    1. I bought a wreath shape thingy at Michaels and made a cork wreath. It lasted two seasons.

    2. We filled in our dart board with corks. I'll take a picture of it for you, we were pretty proud.

    3. My mother-in-law asked us to start keeping them again because she donates them to an old folks home where they make things with them to keep busy. Who knew.

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  24. My sister drinks several bottles a week. She could build a yacht with her corks. If you decide to throw them at people, I have a list of people for you.

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  25. soon you'd have a collection big enough to string posts here. i used to collect them but gave up and gave them away after a while.

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  26. I say take a walk over to Pinterest. We are collecting as well to make something on my "Just Make this a P" board. They have trillions and jillions of ideas. One - you can make trivets. Thrilling, right? Coasters? Seriously, check out Pinterest.

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  27. I'm sure if I took the time to click on the Pinterest link that Sperk sent you I'd see that a BATH MAT or DOOR MAT is on that list of 101 things to do with wine corks, but I'm too lazy. So I would suggest a BATH MAT or a DOOR MAT. Keep us posted!

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  28. Dart board.

    Your boyfriend will love this and you'll make it crafty. Get some plywood, get some trim. Cut corks in half and cover the playwood. Put the trim around it and put a dart board in the middle. The cork protects the errant shots you make when you're sloshed in wine and wondering ... really wondering ... what it would be like to bang Justin Beiber.

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  29. 2 words: bath mat

    or you could put it by the door to put wet boots on. the cork will absorb the water and it will not mold, etc.

    You could also make trivet. or coasters. or a fancy wreath. or, oh oh oh oh.... A wine holder!!!

    stop me now.

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  30. Jewellery???

    And by the way, the pic of the amount you've collected so far is about half a week of drinking for me.

    I'm going to have to give up soon or I'll die.

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  31. Jesus Gia, every time I stop by your blog you just get more whacky. And that is why I like you. I'm with the raft idea. Or better still build a pirate ship & come visit me. I live right by a marina so can score you a place to park it for free.

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  32. A hat. Clothes. A home. Throw them at people.

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    1. Yes! Throw them at people. Best suggestion ever.

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  33. Sell them on Ebay as dog-fart-stoppers!

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  34. life savers? oooo sew them all together to make fancy life saving necklaces that may or may not choke you to death in the process of saving your life. genius.

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  35. Well...you COULD get crazy creative and do a life sculpture like this...

    http://cdn.walyou.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/12/cork-sculptures-colosseum-1.jpg

    Or...wait for the holidays and do a cute reindeer...

    http://cdn.walyou.com/wp-content/uploads//2011/12/cork-sculptures-colosseum-1.jpg

    Or...a freaking awesome bathroom mat!! :)

    http://momcaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/wine-cork-crafts-bathmat-craftynest.jpg


    Sigh...now I wanna collect them too!

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  36. No good ideas for you, but I have a ton of corks as well! :) My parents make their own wine so they always ask for me to recycle the bottles....I end up saving the corks even though they use new ones. If you come up with a cool idea, let me know!

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  37. If you have about ten or so of the same height you can band them together and make a coaster so you have somewhere to put your wineglass. Just take the corks, stand them on end, gather together, and slap a rubber band around them.

    If you're feeling a bit friskier you can try this one though:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCgla0ABsSs

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