Turn Your Corks into Magnetized Mini Planters
These adorable refrigerator magnets are a great way to showcase the wines you've tried. You can use these as regular magnets or turn them into small planters for succulents.
You'll need some wine corks, dye, magnets and a disposable container. Make sure the corks are made of the real stuff! The smooth plastic corks won't take to the dye well.
I recommend doing just a few corks the first time around, so you know how much dye you want to use. I got three colors of Rit liquid dye. Denim Blue was my favorite color to work with!
1. Fill your container with hot water. Throw the corks in for a minute or two. They'll float on one side, so turn them over after a bit, or hold them down with something.
2. Once they've been soaked, squirt in just a bit of dye. Different corks and dye colors will yield different results. They all look pretty nice though!
3. Leave the corks in the dye for at least 20 minutes. Make sure to keep turning them or hold them down, so they don't get dyed on just one side. You can leave them there for hours if you want a more saturated color.
4. Once that's done, you'll have to rinse them off. Be careful of getting dye on anything you don't want stained. When you rinse the corks, they'll get a little lighter in color. At this stage, if you want to turn them into a small planter, scoop out the insides. I used a small knife, but you can also use a drill. Be careful!
5. After the cork is dry, glue the magnet on. I used Gorilla Glue and very small magnets. Just make sure the glue can hold metal to cork. There are more instructions for adding the magnet in this past post.