Tutorial: Wine Cork – Ring Holder

Posted on Jul 18, 2011


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When I started making felt flower rings a few months ago, I quickly realized that I would need holders for my rings. The first thing I did was go into my art room to see what I had laying around.  I stumbled upon a bag of wine corks that my cousin had sent me in my birthday package with a note saying “I figured you could do something cool with these”. Finally I had the perfect project for these recycled wine corks. Everything else quickly fell into place.

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Supplies

  • Box that will be your ring holder. I’ve started carrying a wine cork in my purse to help me find boxes at garage sales and goodwill.
  • Wine corks – ask family and friends to save these for you.
  • Styrofoam – I hate to throw away styrofoam since it does not decompose. I have a large stash from all kinds of packaging and it’s amazing how handy it can be. I don’t think I could purchase styrofoam, but I’m happy to save it from landfills any chance I get.
  • Toothpicks
  • Dark felt
  • Knife

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Step 1 – Cut the Styrofoam to fit inside of your box. I use the bottom of the ring box as a guide. Lightly score the Styrofoam with your knife.

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Once scored, it’s easy to break the Styrofoam in one clean motion.  It’s messier if you try to cut all the way through the styrofoam.

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Step 2 – Continuing cutting Styrofoam pieces until it fills the box to the height you’d like.

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I used the first piece of Styrofoam as a guide for additional pieces.

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Step 3 – Cut the felt to cover the Styrofoam in the box. This is purely for aesthetic purposes, so you don’t see the white Styrofoam between the wine corks.

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Step 4 – Arrange the corks how you would like them. Corks are all different sizes. It took a few minutes to arrange them so that they fit nicely together. Also, my box isn’t sized to fit the corks perfectly, so I cut a few corks in half with my knife to fill the side gaps. Note: You do want a little space between each row of corks.  If the cork is packed too tightly, there won’t be space to fit your rings. I ended up taking the end row of half corks out, because I need more breathing room for my rings.

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Step 5 – Break toothpicks in half. I did this with my fingers and I wasn’t too worried if they weren’t exactly perfect.

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Step 6 – Insert toothpick into wine cork.Create a hole with the tip of the knife to make inserting the blunt end of the toothpick easier.  Put one half of a toothpick into each cork. I looked at each cork to decide what side I wanted facing up. Then I made my hole on the opposite side of the cork.

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Step 7 – Insert each toothpick, with the cork attached, through the felt and into the styrofoam. This was best done in one clean fast motion. The toothpick made a popping noise when it pieced the styrofoam. Repeat until all corks are in your holder. I started on one end, took one row of cork out at a time, added toothpicks and inserted the outer corks first – leaving the middle cork last. Be careful that your felt doesn’t shift too much. On the last row, my felt had shifted a bit to expose the styrofoam. It was easy to pull the felt back into place and insert the last row of wine corks.

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Step 8 – Turn the holder upside down to see if any corks fall out. They shouldn’t. I do this test to make sure there aren’t any corks that need to be re-adjusted.

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I did the same technique of adding a half of a toothpick to the side corks I had cut in half. Placement in the box is exactly the same as the whole corks.

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Step 9 – Add your rings and start using your new ring holder.

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Here are a couple other ring holders I made.  They can be any size or shape.  The possibilities are endless. For this holder, I used two layers of corks and no Styrofoam.

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5 Comments

  1. See! I knew you would think of something amazing and practical to do with those corks! I thought they were so pretty and it seemed a shame to just throw them away. I’ve noticed corks now are more plastic anyway so I suspect actual cork will soon be a thing of the past… awesome craft though!

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  2. I love that you send me random things like wine corks for future projects. You are a good cousin. :) Keep saving corks for me! I loathe the plastic ones.

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