Crafting Again: Wine Cork Bookmarks

This time of year, I like to get crafty. Last year I made a book page wreath, but this year I had some corks that I wanted to utilize.  I decided to make wine cork bookmarks with some charms I had ordered a while back for another project. So I gathered up my supplies, and set to work. I started with my extra wine corks, and added a small eye-screw. Then, using nylon casting line, I looped it through the eye-screws, leaving about 10″ of double line dangling.

I added a few beads that I had from this package of onyx beads, left over from a previous crafting project (available at your local Michael’s or other craft store). Then I tied a charm on to the end of each thread. I added a drop of clear nail polish to keep the knot sealed, and when it dried, snipped off any excess thread.

 

Here is the finished product. To store them or transport them, I cut some notches into a piece of cardboard to hang my bookmarks on and then taped them down- because after I had made about 15 of them, I gathered them up to move them to another room and they instantaneously and magically tangled up. I was able to rescue about five of them, but wound up having to cut the knots on the rest and re-string. Luckily by this point I was getting pretty fast at making them, so they only take me about a minute for each one.

 

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What NOT to do with your cork bookmarks.

 

So there you are! A fairly easy and inexpensive way to make some bookmarks for yourself and your friends, using wine corks and a few beading tools you may already have around the house if you’re a crafter. Enjoy!

*I still had a LOT of corks left over when I finished my bookmarks (perhaps I drink too much…??), so I also made this wine cork wreath. You can find directions for this one on Pinterest:

 

**Note: the product links on this page refer back to Amazon, and I get a commission if products are purchased from them. So far this has never actually happened, but I’m just giving an FYI here.

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