Doin’ It Yourself

There’s something empowering about being able to use my hands to create something that probably would have otherwise cost me an arm and a leg to have done professionally. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit, but it really is fun to have small projects that entertain you, as well as save you money! Some DIY tasks are pretty simple, like the wine cork coasters I made while I was in college with – you guessed it – corks I had saved from wine-filled nights of debauchery (you know the type).

Some of my other craftworks have been months, if not years, in the making like refinishing and painting my wooden dresser. There are also all of the projects I have ‘pinned’ on Pinterest, and the list grows larger everyday. I thought that now would be as good a time as any to commit myself to some DIY activities, and I’m looking forward to sharing my creations here with you! I’ll also outline step by step instructions so that you can DIY too.


Easy DIY Wine Cork Coasters:


  • Pot
  • Water
  • Knife
  • 16 corks (makes 4 coasters)
  • Hot glue gun
  • 4 cardboard squares (or other thick, square surface)

Step 1: Boil the corks in a pot of water for 5 minutes. This softens the corks for easier cutting.

Step 2: Once the corks are cool enough to touch, slice each cork in half length-wise. This should give you 32 cork halves.

Step 3: Arrange 8 cork halves on each square in whatever pattern you’d like to make sure it fits.

Step 4: Using the hot glue gun, glue the cork halves to the square surface, flat side down. Let dry, and you’ve got yourself some rustic new coasters!