When I think of corks, I think of fancy wine and champagne. You might think of crafts when you think of cork. Ask your parents to keep their corks when they are finished with them. You can do so much with corks because they are porous and very easily cut through. They have a beautiful texture so when you paint them, they look so unique and beautiful. You can make so much with corks, such as strung jewelry, cork boats, printing stamps, silly people and animals, coasters, as well as many other items. So as you can see, you should keep corks around the house so you can come back and use them later for exciting crafts. Have fun crafting!
To make this cork craft, you will need parental help to cut all the corks in half as pictured in Fig. I . Your Mom or Dad will need a greased knife blade to do this. It will make the cutting an easy process easier. Then thread the cork sections on string with a sewing needle as seen in figure 2. Use two threaded needles. Pass each one through a cork before adding a second cork to the string. Fig. 3. Tie the ends of the two strings together in a pretty knot.
It is easy to make toy rafts with corks. Just find 4 corks and glue them together. Cut out 2 square pieces of paper and poke a pin hole in the top and bottom. Then draw a design on both squares. These are the flags. Next push the toothpicks into the flag squares and then stick them into the raft. Now go and see if they float. Now that was quick and simple, wasn't it?
If you want to make this umbrella for your doll, then you will need a cork, toothpicks, a long pin with a beaded head, and colorful thread, string, or yarn. Your parents need to help you with this step. Ask them to help you cut the cork to be about a half of an inch in thickness. Once they do that for you, you can work on your own again. Now insert eight toothpicks all around the cork to look like a flower as pictured in figure 1. Now get your string, yarn, or thread and weave in and out of the toothpicks, around in a circle, as picture in figure 2. When you are done wrapping the string, then wrap it around on of the toothpicks in the underpart of the umbrella. Now push the beaded pin into the cork on the underside of the umbrella, for the handle. If you don't have a beaded pin, then use a hair pin / bobby pin and ben the handle to form a letter 'J' at the bottom of the handle.
To make these sail boats, you will need 1 large cork, toothpick (plastic ones are best), one 2" square of white paper cut diagonally in two, scissors, pen or pencil, and a pan of water. Firstly, write your name on the sail. Insert toothpick through sail and stick one end in cork. Now you can sail your boat in a pan of water.
Make your own personal stamps with empty wine bottle corks. You can decorate lots of things, such as stationary, envelopes, bookmarks, gift wrap, your backpack, and many other items. Before you start this project, you will need to soak the corks in water for a few hours. Let the cork dry a bit and then get a pencil or pen and draw a design in the cork. You are going to need to cut away the parts of the cork that aren't in the design, so PLEASE ASK PARENTS FOR HELP. Your parents might say that it is okay for you to use a butter knife or a simple pen knife...if they do, then get to it, but be very careful. Always cut away from yourself and away from your hands so you won't cut yourself. Parental supervision suggested!!! Now cut away the surface of the cork that ISN'T your design. This way only your design is a raised surface. This will be the part of the cork that is a stamp. If the cork isn't big enough, you can split the cork in half and use the wider / longer surface to make the stamp. Use a normal stamp pad or cover the stamp in paint, dye, or ink. Stamp the paper or fabric that you are looking to stamp. I hope that you had a lot of fun.
Not only can corks be used to make printing stamps, bracelets, necklaces, and umbrellas, but they can also be used to make funny little characters. You can glue little and big corks together to make the shape of a person, bug, animals, bird, or whatever you decide to create. If you are making people, use a bigger cork for the body and a smaller cork for the head. You can use bobby pins for legs and arms or you can use other objects such as paper clips. You can paint eyes, nose and mouth on as well. For animals...you can cover the corks with felt and make ears from felt, etc. Use your imagination. To have your cork person into a note holder....just put the pin or paper clip into the note. This is perfect to send a memo to another person.
You can even turn corks into cool floating animals. You basically just string corks on strong wire. As you will notice from the pictures above, the head is usually the smallest part of the body...and the corks get bigger until the middle of the body. Then the legs taper down to smaller corks too. The above animals might not look like much, but after you paint them, they will look amazing. For deeper instructions, please visit the craft here.
You will need Two 3-foot pieces of heavy white cord or thin white rope, 6 pieces or sheet cork 1/16" x 2 3/4", paper punch, stencils, stencil brush, and tempera or stencil paint. Start with two 3-foot pieces of heavy white cord or thin white rope. Using pattern (sketch a) cut out six belt links from sheet cork. Punch four holes in each link with paper punch or awl as indicated on pattern. Run cord or rope through links as shown in sketch b. Tie each end together in an attractive knot. Designs may be stenciled on links if you wish.
You will need a thin sheet of cork large enough to fit under a glass. You can buy this from crafts stores, drug stores, stationary stores, etc. You will also ned scissors, poster paint, paint brush, and a pencil. Trace desired pattern on cork and cut out. Paint design on top of coaster. A cool way to make a neat design is to use painter's tape to make a cool design...whatever you tape will not be painted so if you make an 'x' with the tape ... and paint ... you will get a design that looks like 4 pieces of pizza.
Paint a large cork blue for sailor body. for arms and legs. Bend ends of pipe cleaners to form hands and feet. Use small cork for head. Paint white band around top of head for cap. Paint eyebrows, nose and mouth on face. For eyes, stick straight pins through small beads, then into cork. Use thumbtacks for ears. Attach head to body by inserting a toothpick halfway into cork head and then pushing rest of toothpick into body. Cut collar from felt and glue or pin to body. Scotch tape a small safety pin on back of sailor body for lapel pin.
Gather the following crafts materials...Sheet cork, 9" x 4" x 1/2" (available at hardware, craft, hobby or art store); 28" of 18-gauge wire; and wire snippers. Cut sheet cork in pieces 1" x 2". String wire through nine pieces of cork near one end. Form into small circle, cut off excess wire and twist ends together to hold in place. Spread outer ends of cork pieces so that remaining pieces will fit between them. Lace all pieces together with wire (see sketch). Cork hot pad may be used as is or with designs painted on it.
Make Pull-Along Toy Snakes with Corks and String - Learn how to make your very own pull-along toy snake with the following instructions. It really turns out to be a really cool toy when finished. This is a great toy for boys…who tend to love to scare girls with these cork snakes. Find the directions below.
Make Toy Windmills from Milk Containers Craft Idea for Kids - You have probably seen a windmills before, whether you have seen them on TV, on a farm, or just passed by it when in the car. This is a very cool, working, toy windmill arts and crafts activity for kids.
Cork Bunnies - Make a cork bunny with the following easy-to-follow directions.
Making Wooden Hole-in-One Game - A great first-time woodworking project for kids. Use a cork, bead, or ball as the object to catch.
Make a Message in a Bottle - Learn how to make a message in a bottle craft...with a plastic or glass bottle and cloes with a cork.
Making a Boat from a Sardine Can, Cork, Needle - Learn how to make a York Boat.
Make a Toy Birdhouse and Wax Birds - This toy miniature bird house is made out of spools, twig, cork, toothpick, and jar lid.
Egg Carton Tossing Game - Paint points on each hole in an egg carton...then use beans, beads, or corks.
Cork & Feather Ostriches - These ostriches are beautiful...you should make them too.
Viking Ships with Cork Shields- Learn how to make this viking ship out of real wood, toothpick oars, cork shields, and popsicle stick prow.
Wooden Sailboats with Sheet Cork Sail - This is a great first-time woodworking project to make with your child...easy enough for first-timers. The sail can be made out of wrapping paper or sheet cork.
3D Box Lid Framed Pictures - Make a shadow box from a shoe box lid (or other type of box lid). The animals stand up with split corks.
Cork Seals that Float - Play pretend in the bathtub with these seals that float just like you.
Sheet Cork Placemats and Coasters - Use sheet cork for table decorations...find out how.
Floating Cork Whales - Learn how to make these floating cork whales with the help of cork, wire, and fishing weights.
Cork & Toothpick Zebras - Learn how to make these adorable zebras with corks and toothpicks.