The saying is true -- one man's trash is another man's treasure! I have been collecting discarded wine corks from friends, and was going to make a cork board out of these, but decided to make coasters instead. These are so inexpensive and you can use any trimming you like, or none at all. Did I mention that each one is also one-of-a-kind? These make wonderful gifts and cost pennies to make.
For four coasters, you will need:
32 wine corks (ask your local restaurants and bars for these, too, if you need to)
A hot glue gun, or E-6000 glue (this is industrial strength glue, and can be found at any home improvement store)
Trimming of your choice (I used twine)
1. Arrange your corks the way you would want your coasters to look.
2. Apply glue to the sides (make sure that all exposed sides are covered!).
3. Press the corks together and hold them for five seconds or so, be sure that the top surface is level so your glasses will sit securely on the coasters.
4. Once the coasters are secured and dried, apply a thin line of glue to the edges and affix your trimming of choice.
The trimmings you use will create specific looks. For example, satin trimmings with lace overlay will have more bridal look. Cotton ribbon trimming with cotton lace overlay will have a more Shabby Chic appeal. Polka dotted grosgrain ribbons will look quite whimsical, while black leather trimming will look more masculine. Play around; the options are endless!