I have been saving my wine corks for quite a while now thinking I might be able to do something crafty with them. Many of them have been sitting in a glass vase, on display, which looks pretty cool on its own. However, it was time for me to start making something out of them. A wine cork keychain seemed like a logical choice. Not only are they decorative to look at but if they get dropped in a lake, they will float!
This makes a wine cork keychain a great solution for boat keys! Another issue that we have is worrying about our car keys when we go canoeing. Having the car keys on a chain that floats is just another safety measure. If you like to separate your keys on different chains for different purposes, it’s easier to keep them apart by having a unique style for each one.
How To Design A Wine Cork Keychain
I like to use beads in my craft designs whenever I can so I thought it would be fun to come up with something that would incorporate beads as well. Because there is such a variety of beads and charms, it’s easy to personalize your keychains for the use intended. These also make great gift items that can be customized to the personality of the recipient.
It doesn’t take long to do this craft and it is a lot of fun. You can add as many beads and charms as you want to personalize the chain to your liking. I only used charms on this first one to keep it a little more simple.
Barefoot wines have the cutest corks! Because I wanted to design a keychain for keeping in a beach bag, I used the barefoot corks for these. A shell bead along with beads in coastal colors complete the look.
You’ll find that some wine corks have a different texture than regular cork. This one has kind of a rubbery feel. It is still easy to work with. In fact, it tends to grip the parts pretty well even before glue.
No matter what type of design that you choose, the basic instructions are all the same. There are some key parts and then whatever charms, beads, or ribbon that appeal to you. I’ll show you the basic steps then you can have fun accessorizing from there.
- wine cork
- E6000 craft glue
- two beading eye pins
- small beads
- small flat nose pliers
- round needle nose pliers
- wire snips
- 2 beading jump rings
- beading elastic or wire
Wine Cork Keychain Craft Instructions:
1. With your wire snips, cut each eye pin to about a half inch long. Dip each straight end into some E6000 craft glue and then insert the pin into the center end of the cork until it butts with the round eye. Do this for the top and bottom.
2. Now attach a jump ring to the eye of each pin. Just pry open the ring at the seam and then feed it through the eye pin loop. Then, close the ring back up with a pliers. Now you are ready to attach your charm, beads and keychain.
You can see that the charm end will easily attach to the jump ring. You will need to use your pliers to open up the jump ring and then press it shut again once the charm is in place. At the bottom of the charm, if there is another ring attached, you can simply add a strand or two of beads right from the charm. Just string them on your beading elastic and tie them on.
You can also just add a strand of beads to the jump ring using beading wire.
Use a fairly long piece of beading wire and wrap one end around the jump ring. I reinforce this with a little dab of beading glue as well. Then, just start adding your beads with a dot of glue between each bead to hold them in place. When you get to the end, just twist the wire around your round nose pliers for a decorative end.
Another option is to paint the wine corks for a brighter look. For an example, see my post on making a floating keychain. I used a champagne cork, paint, and twine for this craft.