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11 Great Ways to Reuse Cork

6. Create beautiful house decorations with recycled cork. If you’re in need of some curtains, string together 5-10 long lines of cork, and hang them vertically from the ceiling/wall. You’ll have yourself a nifty little “bead” curtain.

Corks can also come in real handy during the holidays. You can string along dyed cork to make awesome Christmas tree decorations—make it extra festive by putting a piece of colored popcorn in between. If you’ve got a lot of cork to spare, you can even make a wreath.

7.  Another great characteristic of cork is that it floats. You can make a pretty floating votive candle holder out of cork. Just glue a few pieces of cork in the shape of a circle, with enough space for your candle to fit inside.

8. There’s always water toys. The kids would love a swimming pool noodle or raft made of cork. But it’s not just for children. These guys even made an entire boat out of cork, and sailed it down a river in Portugal!

9.  Recycled cork is great for knives and razors. If you have high carbon knives in the kitchen, using cork is one of the best ways to clean them. If not, your knives will change color very quickly, so just sprinkle some Comet onto the edge of your knives and scrub them with a cork. You can also use cork as a stopper for your knives so that the blade doesn’t dull as quickly.

Cork will also sharpen a dull blade. Run an old razor through cork a few times, and you’ll get a few more uses out of it.

10. For the thrifty and eco-friendly party host, corks make awesome place card holders. It’s so easy it’s not even funny. With a razor, cut a cork in half and slit a line across the rounded top of each half. Then just slide each name tag into the slits. I told you it was easy!

11. And finally: you can always make a good old-fashioned cork board. Ain’t nothing wrong with that!

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4:39AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

Thanks!

6:07AM PDT on Aug 9, 2013

thanks

6:44PM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Interesting!

3:28AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Thanks

5:32PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

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9:14AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

thank you so much for all the great ideas

8:42PM PST on Jan 5, 2013

Fab ideas, thanks :)

12:39PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Thanks.

8:51PM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Here at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia, they have a campaign to help their elephants and that is to donate all corks from products. Sadly corks for wine bottles are now limited and its harder to get cork. However, the cork they do receive are then processed in such a way that they become drink coasters and sold in their shop. A few years ago I saved up to Green Garden Waste bags full of corks and wherever I would go I would pick them up and toss them into my car then into the Green Garden Waste bags and finally when I had filled them I dropped them off to the zoo. They were just so excited, so not only did I do a good thing, environmentally but also recycling as well as raising money for the Elephants to get a new Elephant house. They have the new house now and many babies have been born since.

8:39AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

thanks for sharing

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