New Uses for Wine Items
Wine Rack to Hold Magazines
Roll up your pile of to-be-read glossies and slip them in the slots.
Cork as Sewing Kit
Make a compact sewing kit by sticking needles and pins in a cork. For a little zip, wrap it with a few lengths of thread.
Cork as Earring Holder
Marry pairs of earrings. Stick the posts into a cork to keep them together.
Wine Corks as Cabinet Silencers
Silence cabinet doors that slam by slicing a cork into thin disks and sticking them onto the inside corners of cabinets to muzzle the closing noise.
Cork as Heat Protector
For a heat protector, slip a cork or two under a lid's handle and you'll always have something safe to grab.
Cork as Fire Starter
Get a blaze crackling faster. Keep wine corks in rubbing alcohol in a sealed jar (stored away frm the fireplace of course). Just before lighting a fire, toss a few in under the kindling.
Cork as Utility Knife Cap
Cap an X-Acto knife before tossing it into a drawer.
Wine Bottle as Boot Supporter
Preserve the shape of tall leather boots by placing a bottle into each one's shaft for reinforcement.
Use a Wineglass as a Candleholder
Give some height to a candle display by perching a pillar on an upside-down wineglass.
Wine Glass as Candleholders
Place a votive candle in a thick-walled glass, anchored in a bed of sand or small pebbles (that makes wax cleanup a snap). Voila! Lighting that actually goes with your tableware, unlike those circa-1984 brass candlesticks.
Store Your Shoes in a Wine Box
Original purpose: Protecting bottles from bumps in the road.
Aha! use: Defining a clear space for shoes. Ask your local liquor vendor for empty wine or liquor boxes. Turn them on their sides, cover with wrapping paper, and use them to stash flip-flops or flats.
Reward: No more whining about a messy closet.