I’ve seen loads and loads of craft projects using wine corks, especially on Pinterest. I’ve seen jewelry displays, bulletin boards, coasters, and even bath mats. It took me over a year of saving up corks, but I finally had enough to do a proper project. I set my sights on a trivet that would both protect the table/counter from hot dishes as well as look beautiful. Several of the trivets I’ve seen used frames or shadow boxes as the structure. I had a great wooden art box from my younger years. The depth of the box was the same as corks–definitely meant to be.

Wine Cork Trivet

Wine Cork Trivet

To get started, I first removed all of the art supplies.

Art kit in a great wooden box

Similar art kit in a great wooden box

I ripped out the black plastic dividers and scraped off as much of the plastic and glue as possible. The tray had to be as sturdy to hold a heavy dish, so I added two small screws to the middle of the box–one from the left side and one from the right side. The box can’t open and close now, but is stronger in the middle.

Make a sturdy structure!

Make a sturdy structure!

The box only had one small handle, but I wanted to make a proper tray that could be carried easily from the counter to the kitchen table. I detached the existing handle which was too small for my liking. I purchased two sleek drawer handles from Home Depot. I measured the handles and pre-drilled 4 holes so the handles would be centered on each side. Attach the handles with the screws provided. Make sure they’re as tight as possible! 

Measure twice, drill once!

Measure twice, drill once!

Collect all of your corks and start placing them! I put the corks down and had the design laid out before I started gluing to ensure that I liked the final pattern. For an adhesive, I used E-600, which is great because it’s super strong and dries clear. Try to work with a few corks at a time as the glue dries fairly quickly. I varied the brand and type of cork to add interest. Do whatever design you want–there’s really no way to mess this part up. I did a different pattern on each side to make the trivet a little more appealing, but you could easily line up the corks in the same pattern on both sides if it’s symmetry you’re after. I flipped the box over and added one large felt pad on each corner of the bottom of the case to prevent any trivet/table scratching. If you don’t have any felt lying around, you could cut a few pieces of soft fabric and glue a piece to each corner.

Back of trivet complete with non-scratch pads

Back of trivet complete with non-scratch pads

Once the glue has dried, the trivet is ready for use!

Ready for use!

Ready for use!

I love reusing old items, especially if I only have to invest a few dollars for supplies to create something useful. This project cost less than $5, as I only had to buy two drawer handles. Hope you’re inspired to make something fun and functional for your home!

Happy crafting! -Olivia

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