Perhaps the dike would not have burst had the little Dutch boy wedged a cork in its hole instead of one of his digits. Other times, extremely noisy children would do well to “stick a cork in it”.
Many freshwater fishermen like to cast their lines from the shore. No doubt, there will be a bobber made of cork at the other end of the line to alert the person holding the cane pole when there is a fish on the line.
Cork wall and ceiling panels are great for hanging memos, appointment cards, schedules, art work and a host of other items. Not only can these panels be decorative, they offer insulative properties against both sound and temperature.
Do you need a place to keep that single-edged razor you’ve been using on your latest home repair project? Make a slice in the top or side of a piece of cork and jam (carefully) the razor blade into it for safekeeping until you need it again.
Have a garden? Grind corks up in a food processor, then dump the results along your garden bed. The cork will retain moisture and effectively mulches your garden. Remember to thoroughly clean your processor before fixing your next meal unless you want some unintended extra fiber in your diet.
While all these ideas are fine, keep this list to remind you of ten great uses for wine cork.
Help your potted plants thrive
To make your greenery extra lush, slice 12 corks in half lengthwise, then pulverize the pieces in a food processor. Add ½ cup of these granules to your topsoil. Your plants will be kept perfectly hydrated as the corks’ porous material soaks up some of the water, then releases it slowly into the soil.
Keep your kittens amused for pennies
Seem like your cat’s toys are disappearing all the time? Instead of buying new ones that will likely also go missing, use some cork to create your own. Thread a needle with string, pass it through the top of a cork, then knot the ends. Dangle the cork and watch your kitty bat away.
Protect wood floors from scrapes
Are your chairs scratching your beautiful hardwood floors? Using a sharp knife, carefully cut ¼”-thick rounds from a cork. Apply a dab of wood glue to the round, then attach one to the bottom of each of your chair legs. This cushiony material works just as well as the felt pads you can buy for the same purpose, but these won’t cost you a cent.
Keep cabine doors from slamming
Kitchens are often the center of activity; however slamming cabinet doors can wake a sleeping baby or put others’ nerves on edge. To fix the situation, slice a cork into thin circles. Use wood glue to affix two discs inside each cabinet door (one on each outer top and bottom corner) to curb the noise.
Read recipe cards with ease
Tired of your recipe cards getting messy and hard to read? Slice one side off a cork (lengthwise) so it has a flat bottom, then cut a slit along the top. Then, glue the flat side of the cork to the lid of your recipe box. Place your recipe card in the opening for mess-free usage.
Prevent a knitting oops
Ever have your beautiful handiwork slip off the needles when you take a break from knitting? To prevent this, keep a wine cork handy so you can stick the sharp ends of your needles into it. This will block the needles’ slick points to keep you from having to repeat stitches.
Easily apply a screen guard
Do you have bubbles in the screen guard on your cell phone or tablet? To prevent this, place the plastic film on the screen, then slowly roll the cork from one side to the other, pushing any bubbles toward the outer edges. Due to the cork’s soft material, you won’t have to worry about scratches.
Guarantee rocking happiness
Does your little one’s rocking horse sway so far back that you become a nervous wreck while they’re on it? Does your own rocking chair tilt too far for comfort? To ease your mind, slice a cork in half lengthwise, then use wood glue to attach the halves to the underside of each back rocker near the ends. These stoppers will prevent the rockers from tipping over.
End boot tray puddles
While you love the boot trays that keep all the wet footwear off of your floor, the puddles that accumulate on the trays prevent your boots/shoes from fully drying. To overcome this, line the bottom of the tray with a layer of corks. The absorbent material will soak up the water as it drips off your footwear.
Quickly brighten stainless steel
Hate using chemicals to keep your stainless steel looking like new? Instead, dab any fingerprint smudges or water splatters with a cork dipped in olive oil, then wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. The cork’s textured surface will buff away any buildup without damaging the stainless steel, and the olive oil will provide the shine.