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Cork Receipe Card or Cell Phone holder

January 2020

Recipe Card Holder

Materials Needed:

  • Discarded dry wine corks: 16 about the same size
  • Hot glue gun and several hot glue sticks
  • Recipe card/index card


  1. Arrange the corks lengthwise in rows of 2
  2. Glue the circular ends together and set aside to harden
  3. Glue along the length of the double cork and attach to a set of corks similar in length.
  4. Do this 4 times to form the base of the cork holder.
  5. Take 2 similar cork units and glue to the base forming the second layer.
  6. Take the remaining 2 cork units and hot glue them on top of the second layer, staggered
  7. Let completely harden and remove any glue strings.
  8. Place recipe card on holder.

                                                            Cell Phone Holder

Materials Needed:

  • 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.


  1.  Make as directed above for the cell phone holder.
  2. Add lip if desired by cutting 1 cork in half lengthwise and gluing both split halves along the bottom layer of corks.
  3. Rotate cell phone to horizontal and use.
  4. 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.

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