Make Wine Cork Coasters with Super Glue
Make Wine Cork Coasters with Super Glue
There are many fun things you can do with super glue. It almost has an unlimited amount of ways you can use it. One of which is transforming your old and unused wine corks into beverage coasters you can use every day. If you have a bunch of wine corks laying around then you’re in luck. Making wine cork coasters is incredibly fun and super easy. Wine cork coasters can be a great addition to your home décor and can look great on your coffee table. Also, they have more practical uses, especially when it comes to the dining room table. So, how do you make a wine coaster using super glue and a couple wine corks? This article gives you step by step instructions on how you can create your own coasters made completely out of wine corks.
Super glue is a popular adhesive that is preferred by many because of its fast-drying properties. Not only does it repair damaged items, it can also create new items. When it comes to arts and crafts, hobby, and DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, super glue can be used for all your application needs. Use thick super glue. This has a honey-like viscosity that is used for heavy duty bonding or for daily home repairs. This semi-flexible and waterproof super glue will be perfect for making high quality wine cork coasters.
Things to Know when Making a Wine Cork Coaster
When it comes to the pattern of the wine corks on your coaster, you are only limited to your creativity. You can create any type of pattern that your heart desires. However, it is important to note that the number of corks to use will depend on your preferred pattern. Some patterns will require more corks than others.
The base surface is the material on which you will place the wine corks on. However, some patterns might not require a base. You can always create a coaster without one. Popular base surfaces that are common are typically cork or felt. These materials won’t scratch the surface of your table. Both of these materials can be bought in sheets that are easy to cut.
The size of the coaster will also determine the number of corks you use. For a large coaster, you will have to use more corks. However, you can use fewer corks to make a large coaster, it all depends on how you use and cut them. Usually you will only need 4 wine corks to create an averaged sized coaster. Below is one of the many methods you can use to create your very own wine cork coaster.
Step 1: Choose the Right Surface Base for the Wine Cork Coaster
The first step in your DIY wine cork coasters project is the preparation of the materials. Depending on where you get your corks, it is important to ensure they are free of dust. In case the corks you are using are dusty or dirty, clean them with a damp piece of cloth. Let the corks dry before applying the super glue. For the surface base of the coaster, you can use several different types of materials such as wood, tile, cork, or felt. Whatever material you end up using, it should measure about 4 inches all around and should be in a square shape. Tiles are an exception since they will need to be cut by a professional. In this case, a wine cork coaster using a ceramic tile base can be larger. Essentially, the base of your coaster should be smooth enough that it will not scratch the surface that you will place it on. A cork sheet base is great for making coasters since it can absorb moisture. If you want something that looks more professional, a cork sheet base is the way to go.
Step 2: Cut the Wine Corks in Half
After choosing the right base for the wine cork coaster, the next step is to get the wine corks ready. Typically, four wine corks are all you need. As such, take four corks and cut them perfectly in half to get a total of 8 half-cut cork pieces. Use a sharp knife so that all the corks have a fine cut. The 8 wine cork halves will be used to form the pattern. One of the easiest ways to find the right dimensions for your surface base of your coaster, is to align all your cork halves onto it in the pattern that you like. Then trace the outside with a pencil and cut the outer trace with large scissors or a box cutter.
Step 3: Lay the Wine Cork Halves in the Preferred Pattern
Lay the eight pieces of wine cork halves flat on the cork base surface. Place them in the pattern of your choosing. Be creative and make each coaster different or make them all the same. Make sure the cork base surface, or whatever base you choose, is durable enough to keep the corks in place.
Step 4: Apply the Cork Halves using Super Glue
After you lay the pieces on your chosen surface to the pattern that you like, you can now start applying the super glue. Take your glue and apply it to the flat end of one of the cork halves and firmly press it onto the cork base. Let it fully dry for about a minute. Repeat this process for the rest of the seven cork halves.
Step 5: Allowing the Super Glue to Cure
Once you have applied the glue on all the flat ends of the cork halves, place a small object with some weight such as a book to help firmly and evenly set the corks into a full cure. A full cure takes about 24 hours. Once this is complete, you are all set in enjoying your brand-new wine cork coasters. Use them indoor or outdoor. On the other hand, you can stack the coasters in groups of four, tie a ribbon around them and offer them as gifts.
When making wine cork coasters, you can make them in any way you want. You’re only limited to how far your creativeness takes you. Therefore, you can make coasters of all shapes and sizes. Making wine cork coasters are so simple to do and inexpensive to obtain. Therefore, instead of getting rid of your wine corks from previously used wine bottles, stop and think for a minute. Don’t let these wine corks go to waste. With the use of super glue, making beautiful and sophisticated looking wine cork coasters can turn out to be an ideal hobby for anyone.