Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wine Cork Keychains

I have seen quite a few cork key chains on the web and decided I would make some. After all, I have NO shortage of corks.
Most of the ones I have seen just use the cork as is, but I decided to stamp my corks to add a design. 
This would make a perfectly fine key chain, but why stop there when you can add beads & charms to it?
Here are a few I made using beading wire, charms, & beads...

After I made a few, I thought of an easier way. Instead of using wire and crimp beads, why not use stretchy cord?
So, I gave it a try. It went much quicker!

To get started, you first need to stamp the cork.

I found that the easiest way is to lay the cork down and roll the stamp across it.

 Next, you will add an eye screw to each end. I screwed the eye screw in part way, then unscrewed it, and added a little super glue and screwed it all the way in. It may be fine without the glue but I'm being overly cautious.

Then you will add a split ring to one end.

Next, cut a piece of the cord approximately 8 inches long. Take the stretchy cord and fold it in half to form a loop...

Push the loop through the eye screw that does not have the split ring attached...

Take the loose ends and pull them through the loop to form a knot...

Tie a knot in each cord about a half inch or so down from the
eye screw...

Add beads and charms and tie a knot to secure them...

Use a toothpick and add super glue to all the knots.
When the super glue is dry, trim the excess cord.

 I love this cork stamped with music notes...

This cork had a cute owl on it and I had some owl charms so I didn't feel I needed to stamp the cork with a design...

If you are not a wine drinker, you can buy corks at beer and wine making supply stores. They have plain ones as well as some that have pretty designs already on them.
But, hopefully you have a friend who isn't crafty and will be happy to save their corks for you!

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  1. Those are great!
    I haven't seen that before,

  2. what a cute idea! I made a cork necklace a while back, using eye screws, wire, and beads. turned out pretty well!



  3. Oh my! Those are fabulous and I have a few people who would adore those as Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing how you did these! I love them!

  4. Great designs. So many variation possibilities.

  5. A keychain or key chain is a small chain, usually made from metal or plastic, that connects a small item to a keyring. The length of a keychain allows an item to be used more easily than if connected directly to a keyring.

  6. What huge fun
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  7. Love the idea - new follower - Joining from Whatever Goes Wednesday - http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

  8. These are gorgeous! I saw you over at Someday Crafts and now following. I'm sharing these on my FB page!

  9. What a great tutorial! And I think it would be so fun to keep the cork from a special night out or occasion and make one of these so you would always have a reminder of the fun time. Love! And thanks for coming by Pinner Takes All.

  10. How cute are these!?! Great tutorial! I give my grown up nieces a small gift every year for Christmas. They are definitely getting these this year.

  11. this is such a cute idea. I have a daughter in law who would appreciate one of these so I thank you for the tute. I once made a whole bulletin board out of wine corks. It was charming. A restaurant saved me all the corks. Happy Thursday :)

  12. These are soooo cute! I really love the one with music notes:)
    I purchased two bins of corks recently at an estate sale, so I'll have to try this!

  13. So cool! Love all the designs. I got many of them but wondering how to make use and particularly make it pretty. Wanna to have a go.

  14. Love this! They turned out adorable! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

  15. Those are just so darling! Love that you stamped them ... and agree, I think the music lyric is my favorite! I think i smell an Etsy store ...



  16. I like it stamped. :) Thanks so much for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  17. Of cours a plain old cork would never do for the artist in you. Stamping them and adding the beads takes them from fun to WOW! Really great job! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  18. what a fab idea - often wanted different ideas for my corks. Are you ok if I scraplift this idea? I have thought of a couple of other ideas they might work for. - thanks for sharing

  19. These are terrific. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit this week as I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .

  20. These just turned out lovely!! That's a great tip about buying corks at a wine making supply store. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial :)

  21. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up today!

  22. I came over from The Answer is Chocolate. Love these key chains. I will have to pin it so I don't lose the link.

    Great tutorial too.

  23. Super cute. Well done. Thank you for sharing and contributing to the link party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

    btw why am i not in that long list of blogs you follow.. what's up with that??! ha ha... ; have a happy day. see you next time on the blog.

  24. These are too cute! I featured you today!

  25. I LOVE THESE! sharing with my friends and will be making them as gifts for my friends.

  26. So unique, and so beautiful for gifts.

  27. Those are so cool! There are plenty of corks here for me to give this a try and I am going to be a big old copycat asap.

  28. This is such a great idea! What a simple & inexpensive project that would also make a wonderful personalized gift. I pinned this for a future crafty project :)

  29. These are soo clever and pretty! Love your upcycle.. Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  30. Oh yeah!!! These are soooo cool! The stamping really makes these fab :)

  31. These are really terrific and what a creative idea. I never knew what to do with all the corks from our wine bottles but I don't think I could make a key chain as nice as all of yours. The music note one with the colorful beading is super special.

  32. Love this idea. Now I know what to do with all those corks I have stored =)

  33. its really good collection of pics gallery as i loved all the gifts very much and i also like to suggest to my friends...

  34. Those turned out great. I would use the super glue too. :)

  35. A very good idea, never really thought we could use cork for keyrings.

    1. This wine cork key chains article is easy to understand and I personally think that it is easy to implement on what has mentioned in this article for everyone

  36. I think this process would even work to make a Christmas tree ornament very cheaply. Using metallic stamps or spray paint and crystals. I'm gonna play with this concept tomorrow.

  37. oh my goodness! Such beautiful Keychain!! Thanks for sharing.
    holidays in cork

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  43. Great craft idea for cork screws. I have been saving the cork screws from wine bottles, but I have found that most wine bottles now a days have plastic corks. I want to make a hot plate.

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  47. I came over from The Answer is Chocolate. Love these key chains. I will have to pin it so I don't lose the link.

    Great tutorial too.

  48. Those are fabulous and I have a few people who would adore those as gifts. Thanks for sharing how you did these.

  49. These are wonderful! I make cork keychains also, but I'm definitely going to try your ideas. I love the look and ease of the elastic cord. Thanks for sharing.


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