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!