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September 8, 2015

Cork-tastic Craft Project: Cork Tags

If you are anything like us, then you have saved every cork from every wine bottle you have ever popped! And, you have probably stuffed the corks in a drawer with every great intention to get crafty! Well, wait no more! It is time to bust out those corks for one cork-tastic craft!

This cork craft pays homage to every single wine glass that has ever gone missing at a party. We know you know what we are talking about! The conversation is always the same, “is that my glass or your glass.” So, let’s put an end to the missing party glass with a creative craft to create a bunch of Cork Tags. Not only will these help you keep an eye on your glass, the Cork Tag will jazz up your wine glass!

Craft Needs

  • Corks from Paso Robles Wine Country
  • Pot of boiling water
  • Large binder clip
  • Small serrated kitchen knife
  • Drying surface
  • Computer, printer and thin regular white printer paper or thin specialty paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge Adhesive
  • Paper Bowl or Paper Plate
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Disposable Gluing Surface
  • Beaded Chain (Local Craft Store)
  • Beaded Chain Connectors (Local Craft or Hardware store in lamp repair department)
  • Tiny eye screws (We used 15/32″ size) (Local Hardware Store)
  • Wire Cutters
  • A glass of Paso Robles wine to enjoy while you work

Cork Tag Instructions

Boil water and turn off heat. Let corks soak in hot water for approximately 10 minutes.
One by one, dry each cork and grip each cork with a large binder clip. Use a knife to cut off equal size pieces of cork. We suggest each slice is approximately 1/4 inch thick. Set cork pieces aside to dry completely. This is an important step. We microwaved ours for few seconds to help speed up the process. Be careful not to burn the corks.
While the corks dry, select your patterns. Search online (like we did), use scrapbook paper or even wrapping paper. When searching the Internet, we searched photos and typed in “patterns.” There were many fun results!  If printing, do use standard printer paper. Also, be sure to select multiple coordinating patterns. Once you have your patterns, trace your cork piece and cut out circles for your decorative side of your Cork Tag.

Now it is time to decorate the Cork Tag! We do recommend creating one CorkTag at a time since each cork will have its own individual shape.

Paste a generous layer of Mod Podge over one side of the cork. Lay the pattern circle on the cork making sure it covers the entire surface of the cork. Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper circle making sure it is completely covered with glue. Be sure to also glue the sides of the cork to seal the paper circle on tight. The Cork Tag will be milky in color until it is completely dry.
Once all corks circles have been glued, set aside to dry completely. This is a good time to pour yourself another glass of Paso Robles wine.
After the circles have dried, add a bit of glue to the screw part of the screw eyes and screw all the way into the top center of the cork.
With your wire cutters, cut 2 1/2″ lengths of beaded chain.
Add beaded chain connectors to one end of the chain. Feed chain through eye screw and connect the other side of the beaded chain.  Repeat process until all of your Cork Tags are completed.
Losing your glass at a party is now a thing of the past!