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Put a Cork In It (Or on It)

by Borderstan.com — July 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Wondering what to do with your wine corks? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French twist DC.

If you’re like me and you enjoy the odd (or not so odd) bottle of wine at the end of a long workday, you probably end up with a lot of corks. And I hope you’re like me and you drop your empty bottles of Bordeaux and Malbec in the recycling bin. But did you know you can also recycle the corks?

Cork comes from trees and while it cannot actually be reused as a wine cork (something about bacterial concerns…), it can be recycled into lots of useful products from floors to shoes. It can also be used in lots of DIY projects. Here are a few fun ones I found on Pinterest:

Wine Cork Herb Markers
Whip out some fun herb markers for your garden using Shine your light crafty guide. – Pinned by Bridget Olsen

Cork Tile Placement
Creme de la Craft made a really cute placement using her extra corks. Seems pretty simple too! – pinned by Samantha Kate

Cabinet Door Knobs
Do you really love wine? Let your house show that! Use champagne or wine cork stoppers as cabinet knobs. Photo: Tria Giovan, Article: Jennifer Kopf. From Southern Living, pinned by Erika Lena

Cork Backsplash
If you are more ambitious and have a lot of corks to use, try a cork backsplash! – Pinned by Becca Horn

Wine Cork Journaling
I think personally I will settle for something a little less ambitious…like keeping corks as mementos. Write down when you had that bottle of wine or have the person you enjoyed it with sign it for prosperity. These would actually make a cute alternative to a guest book for a wedding too. – From Belle Maison, pinned by Joanna Linn Staley

Recycling

If you’re not feeling crafty, however, there’s another option for you: let ReCORK recycle your bottle stoppers for you! The natural wine cork recycling program has a drop off location at Topaz Hotel at 1733 N Street NW.

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