[DIY] Cork Magnets
Remember in my DIY Cork Board from Wine Corks post when I showed you how many wine corks I have? Well, unsurprisingly I didn’t use them all when I made the cork board. I’ve seen so many cork projects floating around (candle holders, hot plates, even a bath mat!) but the one that’s stuck in my mind has been cork magnets. Brilliant and useful!
Unfortunately, when I clicked the pin on Pinterest, it led me to the Etsy shop where someone was selling them. I wanted to make my own! I searched but I couldn’t find any really good instructions on how to make these little guys so I figured it out through trial and error and I thought I’d share it with all of you.
Before I get started with the tutorial, I have to provide a disclaimer. Although I loved the way these looked at the end, my magnets kept curling up at the edges. This resulted in magnets that didn’t lie flat. I tried re-gluing the magnets two more times but with the same end results. I probably made close to 30 magnets and only 10 were usable.
So why am I still sharing this project? 2 reasons:
- Like I mentioned, I couldn’t find any solid instructions so I thought I’d share what did and didn’t work for me.
- If anyone has any suggestions on how to resolve my issue, I’d love to hear it!
If you’re brave enough to still want to give this project a try, let me walk you through what I did…
Collect how ever many corks you want to work with. Keep in mind, you will get two magnets from each cork since we’ll be cutting the corks in half.
Tip: If possible, I would recommend using synthetic corks for this project. The benefit of synthetic corks is that they don’t crumble when you cut them like dried corks do. Less crumbling = less mess and a smoother surface for the magnet to adhere to.
Besides the corks, you will need a hot glue gun (or other strong glue), magnets, scissors, Xacto knife, and a cutting board.
Tip: For my magnets, I bought a coiled up magnetic strip. I think this was my downfall. If possible, look for magnetic dots or some form of magnet that isn’t rolled. Since mine came in a coil, it did not want to lie flat even when glued.
Place one of your corks on the cutting board horizontally and pierce the middle with the tip of your Xacto knife. If you have any big stressors in your life, here’s your chance to let out some aggression.
Now we want to cut to the edge of the cork. Since I’m right handed, I cut towards the right side of the cork. Originally, I tried the typical sawing motion to cut but found it was too difficult. I recommend piercing the cork multiple times in a row. By piercing, I mean keep your Xacto knife perpendicular to the cork and continue carefully “stabbing” it until you reach the end.
Now that you’ve made it to the end, keep your Xacto knife in the cork. Next, pick up your cork and slide your knife through the side. This will allow you to flip the cork so you’re now looking at the uncut back side.
Continue cutting until you reach the far edge. This side should be much easier to cut since the other side has already been loosened.
Pull the two halves apart and place them flat-side up.
Next, take your magnet and place a strip of hot glue on the backside. Immediately attach the magnet to the flat-side of the cork and hold until hardened.
That’s it. Sounds easy enough, right? Mine looked great until I came back and looked at them a couple of hours later – That was when the magnet edges started curling. I’m sure you’ll be smarter than me though. Good luck and please please please share your experience/expertise with me!
[DIY] Cork Magnets
Inspired by Wine Cork Magnets
- synthetic corks
- hot glue gun (or other strong glue)
- Xacto knife
- cutting board/surface
What to Do:
- Place one of your corks on the cutting board horizontally and pierce the middle with the tip of your Xacto knife.
- Keep your Xacto knife perpendicular to the cork and continue piercing until you reach the end.
- Keep your Xacto knife in the cork and pick up your cork and slide your knife through the side. This will allow you to flip the cork so you’re now looking at the uncut back side.
- Continue cutting until you reach the far edge. This side should be much easier to cut since the other side has already been loosened.
- Pull the two halves apart and place them flat-side up.
- Take your magnet and place a strip of hot glue on the backside. Immediately attach the magnet to the flat-side of the cork and hold until hardened.
- Repeat Steps #1-#6 with all corks.
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