Unusual Ways to Reuse Cork

Pop the cork -- but don't toss it out! Here are 13 ideas for using cork.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Create a fishing bobber
It’s an idea that’s as old as Tom Sawyer, but worth remembering: A cork makes a great substitute fishing bobber. Drive a staple into the top of the cork, then pull the staple out just a bit so you can slide your fishing line through it.

Make an impromptu pincushion
Need a painless place to store pins while you sew? Save corks from wine bottles — they make great pincushions!

Prevent pottery scratches
Your beautiful pottery can make ugly scratches on furniture. To save your tabletops, cut thin slices of cork and glue them to the bottom of your ceramic objects.

Replace soda bottle caps
Lost the cap to your soda bottle and need a replacement? Cork it! Most wine corks fit most soda bottles perfectly.

Prevent chair scratches
The sound of a chair scraping across your beautiful floor can make your skin crawl. Solve the problem by cutting cork into thin slices and attaching them to the bottom of the chair legs with a spot of wood glue.

Create craft stamps
You can use cork to create a personalized stamp. Carve the end of a cork into any shape or design you want. Use it with ink from a stamp pad to decorate note cards. Or let the kids dip carved corks in paint to create artwork.

Create a cool bead curtain
Want a creative, stylish beaded curtain for a child’s or teen’s room? Drill a hole through corks and string them onto a cord along with beads and other decorations. Make as many strings as you need and tie them onto a curtain rod.

Picture-perfect frames
If you’re always straightening picture frames on the wall, cut some small flat pieces of cork — all the same thickness — and glue them to the back of the frame. The cork will grip the wall and stop the sliding. It will also prevent the frame from marring the wall.

Mass-produce sowing holes
Here’s a neat trick for quickly getting your seeds sown in straight rows of evenly spaced holes. Mark out the spacing you need on a board. Drill drywall screws through the holes, using screws that will protrude about 3/4 inch (2 centimeters) through the board. Now twist wine corks onto the screws. Just press the board, corks down, into your garden bed, and voilá — instant seed holes.