How to Upcycle Wine Corks Into Swanky Buttons

Upcycle wine corks into buttons easily with minimal time & cost.

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How to Upcycle Wine Corks Into Swanky Buttons
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Repurposing wine corks is easy! First step is slicing the wine corks into thinner rounds. Approximately into 3/4 inch pieces.

Repurposing wine corks is easy! First step is slicing the wine corks into thinner rounds. Approximately into 3/4 inch pieces.

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You can use a vice and hand saw to cut the rounds. Or if you're lucky enough to know someone with powertools that would save you time & a bunch of hard work. ;-)

You can use a vice and hand saw to cut the rounds. Or if you're lucky enough to know someone with powertools that would save you time & a bunch of hard work. ;-)

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After you cut the rounds then use scissors to clean up the edges. Try to make one side flat.

After you cut the rounds then use scissors to clean up the edges. Try to make one side flat.

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Find the right paper. This is Japanese wrapping paper I found stashed away. You can use old magazines, napkins or kids drawings.

Find the right paper. This is Japanese wrapping paper I found stashed away. You can use old magazines, napkins or kids drawings.

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Next step is to glue the paper to the flat side of the wine cork. First you'll need Mod Podge & a sponge brush then wood varnish & a regular paintbrush.

Next step is to glue the paper to the flat side of the wine cork. First you'll need Mod Podge & a sponge brush then wood varnish & a regular paintbrush.

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I find sponge brushes work really well when using Mod Podge. Add a coat of Mod Podge to the flat side of the cork round.

I find sponge brushes work really well when using Mod Podge. Add a coat of Mod Podge to the flat side of the cork round.

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Place the cork onto the back of your paper then rub the paper into the cork. Let the glue dry.

Place the cork onto the back of your paper then rub the paper into the cork. Let the glue dry.

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Once the Mod Podge is dry trim the excess paper from your cork. Cut along the edge of the cork so the edge of the glued paper is in line with the edge of the cork.

Once the Mod Podge is dry trim the excess paper from your cork. Cut along the edge of the cork so the edge of the glued paper is in line with the edge of the cork.

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Now we get to start adding the wood varnish. I like to use a paintbrush for this step. You want to add 2-3 coats allowing for drying inbetween coats.

Now we get to start adding the wood varnish. I like to use a paintbrush for this step. You want to add 2-3 coats allowing for drying inbetween coats.

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I usually make a bunch of these at a time. The wood varnish is a cheap & easy way to give your cork rounds a resin type finish.

I usually make a bunch of these at a time. The wood varnish is a cheap & easy way to give your cork rounds a resin type finish.

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Once you've applied the wood varnish and it's dry, add the screw-in eyelets to the back of the cork round. I add it to the center

Once you've applied the wood varnish and it's dry, add the screw-in eyelets to the back of the cork round. I add it to the center

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Here's my set of buttons ready to go!

Here's my set of buttons ready to go!

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I turned a felted wool sweater into a loose scarf then added the buttons to make it more interesting. The buttons are pretty nifty!

I turned a felted wool sweater into a loose scarf then added the buttons to make it more interesting. The buttons are pretty nifty!

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