Wine Cork Planters

UPDATE: Well its been about 4 months since I planted some succulents into my wine corks and they are starting to wilt. but to be fair for about 2.5 of those months I completely forgot that I had them and did nothing to take care of them. They were also in a pretty crappy spot for a plant. I had to stick them on the side of my fridge  close to the stove and microwave so that might have something to do with them wilting as well. However it has been a very long time before they died, and I still think that this is a pretty sweet craft because succulents are cheap and easy to transplant again! I still recommend this craft for yourself or a gift!

Hello, Hello, Hello. Today I finally tried out the wine cork planter craft, my first wine cork craft! I also tested out  the tip about boiling the corks  for 10 minutes before crafting with them.

To boil the corks, you need to weigh them down with something. I used a medium pot to boil them in and a small pot lid to hold them down. I let them boil for about 4 minutes, then turned down the heat so the pot wouldn’t boil over for the remaining 6 minutes.

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And here is how they looked after!

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Now all you have to do is carve out the corks. I didn’t really have the best tools for this but made due with a steak knife, scissors and a small cork screw.

100_1929I tried hollowing out a cork that wasn’t boiled and it didn’t work out very well. It was very crumbly and when I the first time I  put the cork screw in to hollow it, the cork cracked.

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So for future cork crafts I will always boil them before I start in order to avoid crumbly corks!

But back to the cork planters. I decided I wanted to make my mini planters magnets and in order to do that I purchased magnetic sheets with a tacky back. The tacky back was completely useless and I ended up using my glue gun instead. If you don’t have a glue gun, you can find them at Wal-Mart for under $5.

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All that was left to do was fill these cute planters up with just a little bit of dirt and add the cutting of a succulent, or any other plant that needs very little water and room.

100_1934I really like this craft, it is really easy to do, takes maybe 20 minutes including the time it takes to boil the corks. The best thing about this craft is that the end result looks great. I just wished I have more places to put these little guys. However the real test is to see if the plants continue living. If down the road they don’t work out, I will post an update.

UPDATE: So it’s been a couple weeks and my plants are doing great! I give this craft an A++!

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