Saturday, October 13, 2012

How to Make a Faux Cork

So not everyone NEEDS a faux cork?
I know that's what you're thinking!



Yeah, I know. No one uses those words anymore.
Well they should!
They're so fun to say.
Try it now... I dare ya!

Now you have two new words to annoy your family with today.
You can thank me later. :)

Now where was I? Oh yes!
The FAUX kind.
Wanna learn how to make one?

Well I'm gonna show you anyway. Take that!

So here's the nitty gritty.

You'll need some brown craft paper, Mod Podge, one of those styrofoam cone thingies from Michael's, a sponge brush and a serrated knife.
Oh, and a cutting board might be handy unless you're into that "mess up the table and pretend it never happened" kinda thing. 
Not that that's ever happened here of course, but it's just a thought.

And the steps go something like this...

   Use your serrated knife to cut your styrofoam cone thingy down to whatever size you think looks right.
   If once you're done you find you can't cut a straight line to save your life, you can use the piece you just cut off like sandpaper to level it out. 
   Again, never happened here of course! I'm just sayin'.

   Tear up several pieces of the craft paper.

   Working in sections, paint a liberal amount of Mod Podge on the styrofoam.
   Do the same on the back side of your craft paper then smooth it onto the styrofoam.
   Once it's smoothed out, apply one more coat of Mod Podge over the top.

After this has all dried, and you've removed the enormous layer of glue that's coating your fingers, put yet another coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing.

Here it is all dry.
Do you see the issue that had me all fussy and irritated at this point? (slight exaggeration, but you get my drift)
My Mod Podge Is Showing!

Ok, so this isn't quite as big of a problem as say, "my roots are showing" or "my bra is showing" or my all time favorite "my butt-crack is showing".
Butt (pun intended there!), it's still annoying!
I put it on so thick that even after it dried it was still white in spots. GRR!

Butt (pun again! you can smack me at the end, I just can't help myself today) I had a plan.
I slathered on some Annie Sloan dark wax and I think it did the trick!

Mod Podge Managed!
Not to be confused with "Mischief Managed"... how I love Harry Potter!!

So here it is!

I now have a faux cork for my new on-clearance-at-Michael's-for-half-price-glass-jug that I bought yesterday.

And why does one need a faux cork for their pretty new clearance jug?

Well I couldn't find a real one the right size. Plus, it keeps the dust out, looks cool and helps with what I have planned for it next!

But that's a story for another post... {which you can now see HERE}

I'm off to Tulsa now to hang with my sis and parents for a day. Hope you all have an amazing, fun filled, cork making weekend! :)

Fun Parties I'm Linking Up With:



  1. I LOVE everything you post! Everything is so pretty. What a clever faux cork idea. I love reading your blog too. You crack me up!! In a good way of course :). Keep up the great work!!

  2. I love this! You are so clever. When I first started reading, I was thinking WHY would anyone need to make their own cork? But by the end of your post I was already looking around my house for bottles that NEED to be corked ;0) I would love for you to come share at my Farm Girl Blog Fest: Hope to see you there!

  3. Im telling you this is the DIY of the millennium.
    Ive been searching forever as to how to make faux cork but no luck till this post. Thank you so much for sharing, this is so happening! :)

    Visiting from MUSOS (kristin's blog)


  4. Excellent faux cork!

  5. genius idea and very creative.. you did GOOD

  6. Genius! I need to remember this one!

  7. You know - I totally needed to get a couple of corks for some cider jugs from a charity shop to craft with. Now I can just *make* them! Awesome! Pinned :D

  8. This is wonderful, Jeannine, I am always looking through my corks and so often I cannot find one big enough. I appreciate the tutorial. TFS. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at
    Hugs, Gayle.

  9. Jeannine!! What a fabulous idea!!! My Mom has a bunch of old bottle with no corks.. I will show this to here!! Very inventive!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  10. Great idea! Lots of times I can't find the right-sized cork for a big bottle!
    You are funny! I'm now following your clever blog!
    Autumn Joy! Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

  11. That is a fabulous idea and solution! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

  12. Haha I love this!! Thanks for sharing at Pin It Thursday, I featured you here

  13. Actually, we DO need faux cork, because the cutest bottles invariably have not topper. So, I appreciate your idea and yours looks actually quite natural! Thank you for sharing it on the blog in the linky 'Time for a Party'.

    btw. We'll have a new party tomorrow! Hope to seeing you again!

  14. Oh, Jeanine! I must make a faux cork immediately! What a totally narly dude cork! ;-) (No one says that anymore either. HAR!) Thanks so much! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  15. Hi Jeannine! I needed another CC fix so I stopped by. You crack me up! Love the faux cork. I'll be sure to use your directions, if ever I find myself in need of one. ;) Seriously, you're so clever to have come up with that, and it looks great, especially in your new lamp. Awesome job!

  16. I think this looks a 1000 times better than an actual cork. Love it!

  17. Thank you... I had been searching for ideas to make a cork for jars I have.


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