Have you amassed an extensive collection of wine corks?

Instead of throwing them out, why not upcycle them into miniature planters to add some greenery to your home? These adorable DIY cork pots make sweet gifts as well and cost less than $10 to make.

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Materials and tools

  • Wine corks
  • A pen
  • A small, sharp knife
  • A flat-head screwdriver
  • Miniature succulent plants
  • Soil


How-to-make-recycled-cork-planters-champagne-cork-889x592Step 1

Hold your cork upright and draw a circle in the top, leaving a small perimeter of about 3 mm. Some corks, like the one above, even come with a pre-printed circle.


Step 2

Next, carefully cut into your cork with your knife, tracing the line you just drew. Slice in about 2.5 cm or so, making sure not to cut past your perimeter.


Step 3

After you have your circle cut out, use your knife to start popping out small chunks of the center of your circle.

TIP: Don’t throw your leftover cork shavings away! Reuse them as mulch for your plants to get even more value out of this recycling project.


Step 4

Once you have a good amount of your cavity carved out, use your flat-head screwdriver to continue hollowing out the inside of the cork using a twisting motion. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the blunt edge of the screwdriver is actually more effective at removing chunks of the cork than a sharp knife. You can stop once you are a little more than halfway down through the cork.


Step 5

Then scoop a small amount of soil into your hollowed out wine cork, leaving room for your plant.


Step 6

Finally pop your plant in and cover the roots with a little more soil. Then place your new wine cork succulents where they’ll get plenty of sun and water them once in a while when the soil feels moist.

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