Here's What To Do With Your Wine Stoppers

Here's What To Do With Your Wine Stoppers

The cork stopper vs. screw top debate has been going on for years without much resolution. They both have their benefits. Screw tops are ideal for keeping your Sauvignon Blanc free from oxygen so it stays crisp and grassy. In addition, with a screw top, you don’t have to worry that your wine will suffer from cork taint.

On the other hand, cork is the go-to for big, complex red wines. It has the ability to resist moisture and rotting, prevent leaking and naturally let in small amounts of oxygen to help temper tannins. Cork has been the preferred material for wine stoppers for the past 400 years. Of course, there’s also synthetic vs. natural cork debate, which we will let you debate into the wee hours of morning with your most passionate wine-loving friends.

No matter where you land on the debate, chances are if you’re into wine, you likely have a few corks lying around. So what should you do with them? These easy and quick DIY projects can help you put your corks to good use.


Bungee and wine cork cord ties

Whether it’s a tangle of computer cords behind your desk or Christmas lights jumbled in a box, sorting out cords can be downright frustrating. Your best bet is to take the preemptive approach and organize them with a cord tie. Sure, you can use a plastic tie or even a rubber band, but those ideas aren’t as stylish and easy to use as a wine cork tie. Plus, it will give you a reason to finish off a bottle (or two).

The process for making the ties is easy. All you’ll need to do is drill two holes into the cork, thread the bungee cord through to make a loop, tie each end and voila! With this project, it’s better to use synthetic corks because real corks can crack or split when you drill the holes.  Check out this site for a quick tutorial. [link to:]


Wine cork key chain for the pool, lake or beach

You’re having a great time boating with friends when the captain suddenly takes a hard turn starboard and your keys somehow fall overboard. They quickly sink, turning your good time into a panic-fueled disaster. You can prevent this by using a wine cork keychain. Because natural cork is buoyant, it will help keep your keys floating at the surface instead of sinking to the bottom. They’re are easy to make. You’ll simply need to attach a key ring into one end with an eye hook. This tutorial will show you how.  [link to:]

You can also find a wide assortment of keychains on etsy, from keychains that include beads [link to:] to glittery champagne corks burnished with a special message [link to:].  Not only are these keychains functional, they’re stylish with enough to make a great housewarming or bridal gift. While you’re on etsy, try searching for “succulent wine cork.” You won’t regret it.

Perhaps the crafting thing is not for you. There are other options aside from throwing away your corks or tossing them into a decorative cork holder. Consider recycling your stoppers. There are a few organizations who will accept your cork stopper donations and put them to good use.

Cork Club [link to:] offers a way for you to recycle your natural and synthetic wine closures. According to their website their project is simple, but with an ambitious  goal, “to help recycle every wine cork while benefiting forest and ocean conservation.”

ReCORK [link to:] is another option. They describe themselves as “an alliance of businesses and individuals who work together to create environmental change by collecting and repurposing natural wine corks.

So, whether you are inclined to repurpose your wine stoppers into a useful item or simply recycle them, each stopper gives you one more reason to open up your favorite vintage. And that’s truly a beautiful thing.

Isabella Crisman