Don’t toss away those leftover wine bottle corks. There are many ways you can reuse them. I suggest you slice off the part that may have been exposed to wine before reusing your corks in other projects.
Store Your Sewing Needles Safely
Using a cork can help store your sewing needles securely and prevent yourself from getting pricked from a stray needle. After completing your sewing project simply stick the sharp end of your needle in a cork and store away in your sewing kit.
Water Plants Half As Much
Dry winter air can evaporate the water you use on your plants before it can be completely absorbed. Recycled corks can easily fix this problem. This project will require more than just a couple of corks. Gather approximately ten corks and grind them up in your food processor. Mix the cork pieces in with your potting soil. The cork’s porous texture will absorb excess water and slowly release it into the plant’s soil.
Stabilize Wobbly Furniture
Easily stabilize a wobbly chair with the help of a cork. First measure the width of the gap and cut the same thickness out of a piece of a cork. Glue the cork onto the bottom of the shaky chair or table leg. It should fit snugly around the table leg. The cork’s structure will prevent it from flattening out overtime and will help prevent scratches on your tile or hardwood floors.
Soften Hardened Brown Sugar
Dip a couple of corks in water and add them with the hardened brown sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Let it sit overnight to soften the sugar. The corks will have slowly released moisture to the bag which will revive your brown sugar to a softened texture.
Hammer a Nail With Ease
You can prevent a nail from bending with the help of a cork. Push the sharp part of a nail in the head of a cork. Gently hammer your nail where needed. Use a utility knife to cut away the cork. Finish hammering your nail the rest of the way in.
Make a Roaring Fire
Soak several recycled corks in a jar of rubbing alcohol for about an hour. Put the corks underneath the logs in your fireplace. The alcohol will help the logs to catch fire quickly.