A Wine Series, entry one; CORK COASTERS

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  There are plenty of reasons to be a wine drinker. Drinking wine makes you look classy as hell unless of course you are drinking straight from the bottle. Drinking wine makes you a happy drunk so it’s safe to say you won’t be getting into any bar fights while consuming it. Drinking wine, well red wine in particular is supposed to be beneficial to your heart and health AND as if we needed more of a reason to eat, drinking wine enhances the flavor of some of our favorite foods.  Oh yes wine is a blessing in a bottle and for so many reasons but for the craftoholics like myself, who are addicted to more then just the perks this alcohol has to provide, were addicted to the endless opportunities that can come from an empty bottle.

I’m passionate about three things; wine, crafts & cats. And when I can combine my passion’s I’m a happy girl. The best thing about a bottle of wine is the significance it holds. An endless list of necessities & decor that can come from getting a real nice buzz on some wine. Like, I can literally get drunk and make 101 crafts using the corks and bottles at the same time and THAT if you ask me is blog writing worthy. Therefore I have decided to start my first craft series which I have titled, drum roll please…………. A Wine Series

witty, I know.

Not that you didn’t already know that from the title of this blog but some dramatic hype felt necessary. So grab a bottle of wine or ten, some friends, your trusty hot glue gun and let’s make some pretty thaanggs happen.

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These bad boy’s took approximately five minutes to create. Not including the weekends / Bachelor Monday nights / occasional Thirsty Thursday’s it took to collect the corks themselves of course. As a side note and I must say I cringe while I say this.. If for some odd reason you are not a wine drinker (PS not judging, God loves everyone, I just don’t understand you is all) … or if you’re like “shit! I need some cool wine cork coasters like right now but I never save my corks & my liver really can’t handle 24 bottles of moscato nor can my bank account afford a trip to the drunk tank” THEN FEAR NOT YOUNG CRAFT ONE…… You can just drive up to your local craft store and buy a bag of corks. Not as fun but it’s an option.

I created two sets of coasters. Both easy but one is slightly more time consuming than the other.

What you’ll need

Corks- Depending on how many coasters you’re looking to make, normally coasters come in sets of 5 so (40 wine corks) you will need at least 8 corks to make up one coaster. You can purchase a 30 pack from Joann Fabrics for $10.00

1 Glue Stick- Bags of glue sticks run from 3-10 dollars varying on what bulk you’re getting them in.

Hot glue gun – I purchased my cute new one shown above for 8 bucks at Michales

Dollar store coasters (optional) -for my second set of cork coasters I purchased cement coasters from the dollar store and used them as a base for my corks.

What I did option one

On a flat surface lay and adjust 8 corks the way you would so that they fit together leaving no space, once they are set the way you would like hot glue each piece together one by one pressing firmly and holding for 5 seconds. Remember less is more when gluing your pieces. Your end result should look something like this.

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What I did option two

For my second set, first I soaked my corks in boiled water & then cut each cork in half creating a flat surface. The only strategy behind cutting corks is use hot water & cut vertically without cutting yourself. I suggest maybe being sober and saving your wine for later..

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Next I laid my corks flat side down on top of the cement coaster. Remember this will create uneven sides as some will lay longer than others but you can even it out once your corks are safely glued in place.

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Once glued you can then flip your coaster face down onto a cutting board. Press firmly down onto your coaster while slowly cutting the sides to make even edges.

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These are just two of the many ways you can transform your wine corks into super cute drink coasters. For more ideas browse online “wine cork coasters” and check out what other bloggers have done.

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If you enjoyed this post please stay tuned for what’s to come in a wine series. I have bottle cutting, candles and more cork decor to come. Thank you so much for reading. XO Cass

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