After a long night of summer entertaining (or, for some of us, watching Netflix with multiple cats), the next morning often consists of regret, empty bottles and a collection of seemingly useless wine corks — or so you thought.
Check out the list below for 15 creative ways to repurpose your pre-loved wine corks:
Build a birdhouse
Use your old corks to build a natural-looking home for the birds! They’ll appreciate its woodsy look.
Always losing your keys? Make your set stand out by attaching it to a wine cork.
Craft some coasters
Put your old corks to good use by protecting your tables from future wine spills!
Devise a vase
Plant your favorite blooms in a wine cork vase for an eco-friendly alternative to plastic or glass.
Build a board
Why use a boring old cork board for your photos and reminders when you can make your own wine cork board?
Stick succulents in them
Green succulents juxtaposed with brown corks makes for such a dynamic look. Attach your corks to magnets or pins so you can hang them on your wall.
Create a curtain
Photo: Sam Howzit/Flickr
Channel your inner hippie and make an all-cork hanging curtain for your doorway.
Design a dart board
Photo: Jeff Turner/Flickr
Repurpose your old wine corks to make an awesome dart board for your den.
Build a bathmat
Photo: Amelia Sommer/Flickr
Forget terry cloth — cork is ultra-absorbent, making it a great material for a bath mat, coasters or a trivet.
Make a monogram display
Photo: Missy Ward/Flickr
Personalize your space by making a life-size monogram out of wine corks! Your guests will never question what to buy you as a housewarming gift again.
Craft a Christmas tree ornament
Give your Christmas tree a quaint touch by making your own ornaments out of corks! (What better time to repurpose wine corks than the holidays?!).
Sculpt some stampers
Carve your very own stampers out of softened wine corks! Your pen pals will love the creative touch you add to your stationery.
Hang a cork holiday wreath
Add some thrifty, holiday cheer to your door with a DIY wine cork wreath.
Label your leaves
Use your old wine corks to identify your plants! It’s so simple yet looks so unique.
Neaten your knives
Give your butter knives a rustic makeover using your otherwise useless wine corks.