The Versatility of Cork

Published January 28, 2016

versatility-of-cork-continues-to-impressOver the years I have written a few articles about the hundreds of uses of cork.

This material is so versatile and it never ceases to amaze me how many uses there are for this product. It’s probably one of the most recycled materials and it truly is multi-purpose.

These days you will see cork used as flooring, wall treatments, note boards, and other useful purposes around the house. You don’t have to stick with bottle corks.

Look for cork sheets sold at stationary and craft stores. This product has a multitude of uses.

Here are a few creative ways to use cork sheets.

Office supplies

This idea will work with recycled tin cans and glass vases. Simply measure the circumference of the vase and cut the corkboard accordingly. Use a glue gun to secure the loose ends of the corkboard. Fill the vases with fresh flowers, pens, pencils and other desk paraphernalia.

Knife drawer divider

Corkboard is wonderful when used to divide your good knives in a drawer. Simply measure out the dimensions of your drawer and cut the corkboard to fit. Use your glue gun to piece together how many dividers you require. Insert knives.

Cork candles

Embellish the simplest of glass votive holders by wrapping them with corkboard. Look for stores that carry confetti corkboard, which is a roll of cork that has been made with tiny pieces of coloured confetti. It’s very effective when used as a craft and works wonderfully when wrapped around a glass votive candle.

Don’t forget that cork may also be used to protect your floors from furniture legs scratching the surface.

Using a sharp pair of scissors cut bottle corks into half-to one-centimetre pieces. If you are planning to use cork sheets, cut the sheet into the desired size and shape of each leg of your chairs or table. Attach the cork with a glue gun.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. She also runs Blu Dog Staging Redesign.