Weekend DIY: Put a Cork in It

I was watching a painfully dull movie the other night, and decided it would be a good time to work on a little project.

Quick word of wisdom? Just because Matt Damon is in a film, that doesn’t mean that it’s good.

I was so pleased though, with how my piece turned out, that I decided I would share it with all of you, in case you’re interested in a quick project to make. It’s good for brightening up a small space in your home, or make a bunch for a bigger space. They’d also make good gifts.


First, you’ll need a cork, a pair of thin pliers, and a knife. Synthetic corks are fine, and may even be better. Winking Owl is a common brand at Aldi, and my folks like it, so I end up with a lot of the corks.

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Cut into the cork with your knife, being careful not to cut through the side.


Leave a bit of an edge when you cut. For your first pass, you’ll only go about half an inch deep.

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Grabs the inside with your pliers, and pull it out. Give a little twist if it doesn’t want to come.



Cut again, roughly doubling the depth. Try to straighten the sides a little so that they do not slant in too much.


Get your little plant ready.


Fill the planter halfway with dirt. I used a baby spoon so I wasn’t spilling all over.

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Put the plant in, and gently pour dirt around the roots. Pack it firmly enough that the plant won’t tip over.


I am actually glad that this is the kind of cork I have, because aren’t they cute? I love the owl along with the tiny succulent.

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Give your plant a little drink of water. Again, I used the baby spoon. Not too much, as succulents don’t drink a ton.

I’ve seen people put magnets on these and hang them on the fridge, but I’ve had too many magnets fall off of my fridge (maybe it’s just me?), so I am more likely to put them on a little shelf. Maybe on a spice rack or something like that? They’re so tiny, you have a lot of options.

Poke a couple of holes in them, and hang them from a hook in the ceiling…

Share pictures if you make them. I’d love to see what you do :~)


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