Cork Receipe Card or Cell Phone holder
Recipe Card Holder
- Discarded dry wine corks: 16 about the same size
- Hot glue gun and several hot glue sticks
- Recipe card/index card
- Arrange the corks lengthwise in rows of 2
- Glue the circular ends together and set aside to harden
- Glue along the length of the double cork and attach to a set of corks similar in length.
- Do this 4 times to form the base of the cork holder.
- Take 2 similar cork units and glue to the base forming the second layer.
- Take the remaining 2 cork units and hot glue them on top of the second layer, staggered
- Let completely harden and remove any glue strings.
- Place recipe card on holder.
Cell Phone Holder
- Same as above except use 17 corks.
- Utility knife
- Large binder clip to hold cork in place when cutting in half.
- Craft pot
See below for suggested methods on cutting the corks.
- Make as directed above for the cell phone holder.
- Add lip if desired by cutting 1 cork in half lengthwise and gluing both split halves along the bottom layer of corks.
- Rotate cell phone to horizontal and use.
- Since cleanly cutting dry corks is next to impossible, you’ll need to soften them first by steaming them for 10 minutes. When they’re cool enough to touch, cut them with a serrated knife and glue to project.
Boil your corks if you don’t have a steamer or if they’re store-bought. Fill a large pot about halfway with water, add the corks, and bring the water to a rolling boil. After 10 minutes, drain the water and let the corks cool.
- Steaming works well for corks pulled from wine bottles, but it’s harder to soften unused corks purchased at craft stores or in bulk online.
- If you boil the corks, they’ll absorb more water and swell more than if you’d steamed them. They’ll shrink back down to size as they dry, so don’t worry.
- If your project involves glue, you’ll need to give boiled corks a little longer to dry than steamed corks.