My sister Christy came up with this super easy idea—and I love it. Even better: I had all the supplies on hand. No, I don’t drink wine, but I have plenty of friends who do. They saved their corks for a big project I have planned. I could spare a few for this trivet. You can make these any size or shape you want. They’d also be great as coasters.
1. Cut each wine cork in half with the kitchen knife. Try to cut as close to the middle as possible, so each will be the same height.
2. Sand the rough edges smooth and even out the height, if necessary.
3. Arrange the wine corks in your desired pattern.
4. Flip all the corks over, then start by gluing the center line together. A thin line of glue along the side is sufficient.
5. Then glue more corks, one by one, onto that center line until they are all glued together.
6. Start gluing the ribbon to the outside edge of the trivet. Squeeze a thin line of glue between each cork (one at a time), and then press the ribbon into the crevice. Let the last line of glue cool a bit before gluing the next (so you can pull the ribbon tight).
7. When you reach the end, trim the ribbon, apply the final line of glue, and press the end into the crevice.
8. Pick off the inevitable hot glue strands, let it cool, and you’re done.