Wait, did I just hear someone ask about easy and fun-to-make gift ideas?
Well, then I guess I’m just ahead of the game here because I think someone WILL be asking about such a thing in the very near future and I’ve already got the answer!
Need a nice gift for the gals in your book club?
What about for your neighbors?
Ooooh, do you have a friend who loves the beach?
These wine stoppers take 15 minutes to make…start to finish. The hardest part will be having to drink all the wine for the corks…now just be responsible!
What I Used to Make Wine Stoppers:
Full Disclosure: Thanks to Dremel for sending the Dremel Workstation to me for this project. When I realized that the Dremel Workstation would make this project easier, I reached out to them and they graciously sent me one. You can clearly see why this reasonably priced tool came in so handy. Also, some of these links are affiliate links and I will earn a small commission off of the sale of these products, but the price you are charged is not affected. You can see my full disclosure policy here.
You might need an electric knife to cut down the cork if necessary
How I Made Wine Stoppers:
The video at the end of this post covers all steps in this tutorial
Cut the stem of your knob such that it is shorter than the cork. I used my Dremel and the cutting wheel to trim the stem. The Dremel Workstation makes this so easy. I’ve shown how simple this, and the rest of this project, is to do in the video at the bottom of the post.
Drill a hole through the center of the cork. I also used my Dremel and the Dremel Workstation for this task. I made a little gauge by making cross on a piece of paper, making sure that the angles are 90°. This gauge made it easy to line up my drill with the center of the press.
Make sure your cork is not tilted at all. Before you turn your drill on, drop your drill and just do a second eyeball check to make sure the drill is placed in the center of the cork
Cut off the head of the large screw with the Dremel cutting wheel so that you can insert it into your drill. This will hold your cork while you sand it.
Place the headless screw into your drill and then place your cork partially onto the screw through the hole you just drilled. Angle the cork onto the sandpaper and turn the drill on, sanding down the cork such that it tapers; wider at the top and narrower at the bottom of the cork.
Use the wine bottle to test the diameter of the cork from time to time.
After I unscrewed the cork from the drill and screw I rubbed the top of the cork against the sandpaper to smooth out and round out the edges of the top of the cork.
Mix up the epoxy as directed and cover the stem of the knob with it. Screw the knob into the cork and let it sit a full 24 hours before using.
This video shows how I made the video from start to finish…(although I fast forwarded through the sanding process)
So I’m pretty happy to have added to my impromptu gift stash. Do you keep such a stash? I have a drawer into which I tuck away little gifty type things for when I need a hostess gift or a new neighbor gift or just a ‘hey there friend’ gift. And to be totally honest, sometimes I shop my drawer when I want to gift myself!
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