The easiest way to reuse a cork is to stick it back in the bottle. So, technically this would be the second easiest. You might be able to do it right now.
I was organizing my essential oils when I spotted an accumulated collection of wine corks. Am I the only who has trouble throwing them away? If you do too, you might want to try this. It occurred to me that if I put some cedar wood oil in the cork; I could throw it in my closet and it would work like those little cedar balls that you can buy at the drugstore. So, I did and it does.
Just put a few drops right in the hole where the corkscrew went. You can put it anywhere you want really since the cork is porous. However, it’s a lot less messy if you put it inside. It occurred to me that I could use whatever scent I wanted. So, I started adding a few drops of lavender oil as well. My closet now smells lovely!
There you have it: easiest cork DIY ever. You’re welcome! Tell your friends!
May I ask you a personal question? When you empty a box like this:
What do you do with it? Do you throw it away? Do you recycle it? Would you like to know what I’m going to do with this one? I am going to upcyle it into a mailer. It’s so easy!
1. I open the bottom up:
2. Then I gently open this inside seam:
3. Then I am left with:
4. Now, I flip it around and re-join the seam:
5. Tape the seam closed with packing tape. (Make sure you press it into the tape really thoroughly.)
6. Tuck in the bottom flaps and tape those with packing tape as well.
Voila! A cute little, free mailer box is born. I wasn’t ready to put the item in yet. So, I just used the orginal tab closure on the box. Of course, when It is ready to go, I will tape the top down as well. You can write your adress right on the box with a permanent marker or use a label. I saved money and re-used something that may have just gotten tossed.
Do you upcycle the packages that your household items come in? Do you think you might try it? Please leave me a reply in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.