I’ve been working on a few wine cork projects lately. This one is super simple, quick and inexpensive! If you or your children have some old trophies, you can make one of a kind keepsakes that you’ll actually use!
For this project, I bought a few”lots” of vintage trophy toppers on eBay. One lot was lightweight eagle trophy toppers and the other was various sporting figures. These included golf, cycling, bowling, fishing, hockey, basketball and even a dog. These can be bought pretty inexpensively online or at a thrift store or garage sale. I bought new cork stoppers on winemakers.com.
For the smaller eagles toppers, I used small tapered corks that were advertised as “fits most bottles”. I bought about 3 dozen for less than $10. I felt like the larger trophy toppers needed a more substantial base so I bought bigger corks. These probably won’t fit in the typical wine bottle, but best used in a liquor bottle. (Of course you can use your own corks, but I decided to use new ones for this project.) Here are a few of the big ones finished! Perfect gift for that sports fan!
I played with a few different ways to drill holes in the corks and found the best and safest way was to clamp each cork, one at a time in a clamp and drill a small hole in the top of the cork using my dremel with a drill attachment. (Do be careful, the Dremel is small but powerful!) Because the hole was small, I made it larger using a philips head screwdriver. I pulled out the excess cork material and used E6000 glue to affix the trophy topper to the cork by twisting it into place until the base was flush with the cork. I wiped off the excess glue and let them dry. Super easy and fun! I gave them to my son to sell at his booth at the Art’s Festival this fall.
Here they are all glued and put together. Cute, yes? They make every bottle of wine a winner!