Found Object Wine Stoppers

Turn vintage doorknobs, sports paraphernalia and other interesting objects into eye-catching bottle stoppers in just a few steps.
Found Object Wine Stoppers

Found Object Wine Stoppers

Give keepsakes new purpose by turning them into conversation-starting bottle stoppers. Wine lovers will appreciate the useful, one-of-a-kind gift. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions .

By: Michele Beschen

Materials Needed:

  • corks
  • 1" automotive expansion plugs (size may vary depending on the cork size)
  • 1/4" diameter wooden dowel
  • 2-part epoxy
  • 1/4" drill bit
  • assortment of found objects
  • hammer
  • drill
  • pliers or vise
  • awl or punch

Prepare Expansion Plugs

Mark center of expansion cap with awl then drill through center of expansion cap using 1/4-inch drill bit.

Drill Cork

Drill a 3/4-inch deep hole in the center of the cork using 1/4-inch drill bit. Tip: Placing expansion plug on the cork before drilling will ensure proper alignment. Use tape wrapped around your drill bit to give you a measured stopping point.

Drilling Hole in Cork For Wine Stopper

Drilling Hole in Cork For Wine Stopper

Drill a 3/4-inch deep hole in the center of the cork using 1/4-inch drill bit. Tip: Placing expansion plug on the cork before drilling will ensure proper alignment. Use tape wrapped around your drill bit to give you a measured stopping point.

Cut Dowel

Cut 1/4-inch diameter dowel to 1-1/2-inch length.

Cutting Dowel For Wine Stopper

Cutting Dowel For Wine Stopper

Cut 1/4-inch diameter dowel to 1-1/2-inch length.

Attach Pieces

Apply two-part epoxy to cork head and adhere expansion plug and dowel.

Gluing Cork For Wine Bottle Stopper

Gluing Cork For Wine Bottle Stopper

Apply two-part epoxy to the cork head and adhere the expansion plug and dowel.

Attach Object

Drill hole in center of found object. Apply epoxy to dowel and attach found object.

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