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Carved Cork Magnets



For that Valentine in your life who has a magnetic personality, try making this fun project to give as a gift…

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Wine corks are sliced, carved, inked and hot glued to magnets to make a cool set for the office or fridge.

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One cork makes 5 magnets.

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For this project you will need: wine corks, magnets (available at craft stores) a heavy duty XActo Knife, an ink pad, hot glue gun, cutting board and a sharp knife.

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Cut a slice of cork that is about a 1/3 of an inch thick. Using a pencil, lightly draw out your shape. Cut out your design with an XActo Knife.

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The best way to cut out your design is to do it in three stages. First, cut from the top — following your pencil line with the XActo knife – keep it straight and make small, careful movements.

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Then, score the perimeter of the cork about 1/4 of the way down from the top.

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Pull away the outside area of your design to reveal the relief.

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Gently blot or rub your cork on an ink pad to give it color. If you don't have an ink pad you can use a regular Sharpie, a paint pen or craft paint and a small brush.

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Allow ink to dry and hot glue a magnet to the back.

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These are easy to make – have fun with it!

 

 

 


Discussion

  1. catie  January 14, 2013

    they look like they might work as stamps, too.
    love this idea!!

    • camilla  January 16, 2013

      Hi Catie, They don’t make great stamps – I tried it. Seems like the cork soaks up all of the ink, so it doesn’t transfer well. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 xoxo C

  2. Heather C  January 14, 2013

    Too cute! what fun! I love the cork magnet idea.

  3. Deb @ PaperTurtle  January 14, 2013

    What a cute idea! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂