If you’re a wine drinker, you know how wonderful wine corks can be for DIY projects. They’re easy to work with and they can usually be secured with just strong craft glue. And — unless you want to — you don’t need to drink a lot of wine to build up a decent supply of wine corks for your project. You can buy many types of bulk wine corks online, so you will have plenty for your crafting needs.
You may not be aware of this, but there are different types of wine corks. Which one is most suitable for your project depends on your specific needs. Here are six types of wine corks you can consider for your craft projects:
1. Natural Wine Corks
When you think of wine corks, natural wine corks are probably what come to mind. They are made wholly of natural cork, which is obtained from cork oak trees. The corks are made from the bark of the tree, and harvesting it does not harm the tree. These natural corks are ideal for craft projects, as they are durable and won’t crumble.
2. Colmated Wine Corks
These wine corks are also made of natural cork, but they are made of cork that has crevices in it. The crevices are filled with a resin that is made from cork powder. That gives these corks a smoother look than the totally natural wine corks. If the smoother look is okay for your project, these corks will be cheaper for you to purchase than the natural ones.
3. Agglomerated Wine Corks
Agglomerated wine corks are made from particles of cork that are bonded together, rather than from a single piece of natural cork bark. These might be fine for some craft projects, and they are a bit more affordable than the totally natural corks. Their shape also is a little different from the typical wine cork. If you need to cut up corks for your project, these may not be as easy to use. It may be easier to cut whole natural corks without them crumbling.
4. 1 + 1 Wine Corks
These corks are also called duo wine corks. They are made with agglomerated material, made from cork particles, in the center, and natural cork material on the ends. They look like natural wine corks, but they are not recommended if you need to cut the corks up for your DIY project.
5. Synthetic Wine Corks
Synthetic wine corks are not made from natural cork at all. They are made of plastic. Because of this, they are not recommended for craft projects that call for wine corks. They don’t look natural, and they would be too hard to cut. Recently, manufacturers have started making plant-based synthetic corks, but they are not made from the cork tree. They are a totally synthetic product and are not recommended for DIY projects.
6. Used Wine Corks
Of course, you could always collect used wine corks from your own bottles — or ask friends to collect theirs for you. But another reason to work with used corks is that you may want the aged look that comes from wine stains and other signs of aging. This may be just what you need to give your project character.
Used wine corks can also be bought in bulk online. There are many different varieties to choose from, so be careful to choose the ones that are best for your project. Some of the used corks come with different types of corks mixed together. This is nice if you want a varied look for your project. You can also buy groups of just one type of cork. In addition, you can choose between previously bottled corks and corks that have not been previously bottled. Your choice here depends on whether you want the staining from the wine on your project or if you want the more pristine look of corks that have not been bottled.
Now that you know the different types of wine corks that can be bought in bulk online, you are ready to make some beautiful DIY projects. Get crafting, and enjoy being creative!