DIY Wine Cork Planter Ornaments

Wine Cork Planter Ornaments green and silver hanging

Wine cork planter ornaments are perfect little gifts around the holidays. Using artificial flowers or plants will allow them to adorn a Christmas tree year after year. Super cute stocking stuffers too!

These wine cork planters as Christmas tree ornaments were such a joy to make. The idea came to me from the Wine Cork Succulent Planters I made in this post. The beautiful thing about these is you don’t have to do any maintenance to keep them alive since the plants are artificial.

These are really easy to make, especially if you have a drill press, but if you don’t, no worries. If you don’t have to make a ton of these tree ornaments then it’s just as easy to use a hand drill.

There are so many creative things you could use to plant these with. I like to keep an eye out at Michaels for 50% off artificial sprays/stems and see what looks good. These make such great stocking stuffers!

 Difficulty level- Easy

Materials

  • Wine corks
  • Floral stems- look for ones that will have the appropriate sized stems when trimmed off main stem
  • Floral wire (green), or any 24-gauge beading type wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Plastic snowflake filler (which is just shredded plastic), or other lightweight material
  • White pebble filler
  • Scrubby yarn- white, green or red
  • Bookbinding awl
  • Poking tool or stick

materials for DIY christmas ornaments

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Poking tool or stick
  • Hand drill
  • 1/8″ drill bit
  • 3/8″ Forstner bit (ideal) or 3/8 standard drill bit
  • Dremel with flex attachment (flex not necessary, but helpful)
  • Dremel carving bit #115 for hollowing
  • Table vise grip- advised for safety

materials for DIY christmas ornaments

Wine Cork Planter Ornament Tutorial Steps

Step 1 | Drill The Wine Cork Holes:

Unless you have a drill press, use a hand drill and a Dremel with a flex attachment (if you have one), because it will be easier to hold.

Start with the hand drill and drill a pilot hole using a 1/8” bit.  For safety, you should use a bench vise grip to hold your cork.

Wine corks holding artificial flowers as ornaments
wine corks with artificial plants

vise holding cork being drilled

After your pilot hole is drilled, use the 3/8 Forstner or 3/8 standard bit to drill the hole. Use painters tape to mark your stopping point by making a flag around the drill bit.

vise holding cork being drilled

For the hollowing step is to use the Dremel high speed cutter bit #115, to widen the hole and clean it up so the top looks even and the the wine cork planter has ample space for your filler.

drilled cork

Next, rinse the corks to get all the sawdust out of them.

Tip: I do a lot of projects with hollowed out wine corks, so I always do large batches at a time and save them for when I’m ready for another project.

Step 2 | Cut The Hanging Wire:

wire and cutter

Using a wire cutter, trim a strip of wire about 8” long.

Step 3 | Create The Wine Cork Hanger Hole:

awl and cork

Using the awl, poke a hole in the bottom of the cork and twist it a little to widen the hole.

Step 4 | Thread The Hanging Wire Through The Cork:

cork with wire and cutters

cork with wire

Take the wire and thread it through cork from the outside bottom and pull it up through the hole. Depending on how damaged the cork is from when it was removed from the bottle of wine, you may need to create either a little pigtail with the wire or tie it, or tie and use hot glue to hold it in place.

Next, bend the top of the wire into a hook shape by wrapping it around your finger.

Step 5 | Cut The Artificial Plants To Prep For “Planting” The Wine Cork Planters:

pieces of artificial plant stems

Trim the floral stem to the right size for your cork. If it’s too short, you can plant it higher up by adding filler first.

Step 6 | Set The Plants In Place Within The Cork:

filler for Wine Cork Planter Ornament

Place your stem and then add the plastic filler to help anchor it.

pebbles for Wine Cork Planter Ornament

When it’s pretty well secured in place, add the pebbles to fully secure it and be sure to pack them tight around the stem. A poker stick of some type will help here.

Last Step | Top Off The Opening Of The Wine Cork Planter Ornament:

wine cork planter ornament being decorated

Wine Cork Planter Ornaments red berries hanging

Wine Cork Planter Ornaments green hanging

wine cork with artificial plants

corks with artificial plants hanging and hollow corks
wine corks with artificial plants