Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pads…

Those of you that know me – or follow along our blog know that I love wine. I usually keep all of my corks and display them in my kitchen and dining room or make crafts with them. Now, before you take me to a meeting you need to know that each week my Honey Bee and I go to our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. Our favorite servers gives me a bag of corks each time we visit. I am always grateful that at the end of our meal she presents me with my bag of treasures.

Some time ago I was browsing Pinterest and saw these super easy and functional hot pads made with wine corks. Unfortunately, I can’t find that feed. I am creating from memory how I think the hot pads were made and my apologies to the creator of this craft.

Now, keeping it real – this is usually what I place hot baking dishes and casseroles on:

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.Pretty sad, right? Time to get busy. I went to the Home Depot and bought some clamps. They were located on the same aisle as PVC pipe. They were very inexpensive – the medium size were $1.00 and the large size $1.50

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.Here is just a small sampling of my wine corks…

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.Let’s get started…

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.The first thing I did was loosen the clamp. I then began adding corks around the interior of the run, making sure that the corks were very close together.

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.I kept adding wine corks until the ring was full.

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.As an added measure of securing the corks in place, I fired up my hot glue gun…

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.…being sure to add hot glue between all of the corks.

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.Once this was complete, I slid the clamp up to the middle of the corks and tightened it into place.

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.Isn’t that cute? And the best part is that this project is super easy, inexpensive and quick to make.

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.Medium and large…

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.I guess now I have to cook…or just open a bottle of wine :)

Easy DIY Wine Cork Hot Pad - just use a clamp and leftover wine cork and hot glue.What is you craft project using wine corks?