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5 Amusing Uses for Old Wine Corks

If you open as many wine bottles as I do, you may find yourself with two problems: sommelier elbow and a vast surplus of corks. You can make your elbow feel better by drinking some of the wine. But what do you do with all of those corks. Here are a few inspiring examples of what other forks with too many corks — and plenty of time on their hands — have done. Enjoy!

"Cork in the Road" by Steven Leslie; check out his site for other creations. He has other designs and sells his creations as well.

It took more than 300,000 wine corks to create this huge mosaic.

The shading the artist gets is impressive. Imagine sorting all of those corks!

The artist, Saimir Strati, not only uses different colors of cork, but different lengths to create depth. Don't try this at home if you've been drinking the wine! (via TheContaminated)

Wine cork "art" can be practical and doesn't have to be hard to make yourself. Craftynest has instructions for making your own wine cork bath mat.

On the other hand, the creations that are difficult to create and epic in size can be pretty amazing. This cork cow can be seen at the Charles Creek Vineyard tasting room on the square in Sonoma. Photo: Charles Creek Vineyard

After a hard day of building cork cows, you'll want to sit back and relax. So build yourself a chair too!

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Brian Wing
#1 Brian Wing 2010-10-14 22:37
So I wonder what interesting things people will come up with all their leftover stelvin closures?

Methinks, not so cool!

Fred Swan
#2 Fred Swan 2010-10-14 23:05
Good point, Brian. Though, if you gather enough Stelvins you could melt them down and build a car!
Steve Howe
#3 Steve Howe 2010-10-25 01:03
I would never have thought of making these mosaics with wine corks. I guess I need to start saving corks....I could also send them to someone with artistic ability!
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