I am really excited about this corks activity for kids especially for these times when we are stuck at home trying to find new ways to keep our kids busy. I am very fortunate to have an amazing nonprofit thrift store dedicated to arts and crafts supplies that includes a space for fabrics, leather works, wood scraps, and all kinds of doodats that are in the most traditional sense, a perfect place to make someone’s junk your very own treasure.
I love this place and I, pre-Covid, visited here at least twice a month. During one such trip, I purchased a whole bunch of corks for $0.5 each. Why? Who knows what I was thinking at the time!? Most of my arts/crafts purchases are beyond any logical reasoning anyway. I buy for “what if I need them one day and can’t find any”.Some people plan for an apocalypse. I plan for arts/crafts emergencies. Click To Tweet
Anyway, even though today wasn’t an emergency, it seemed like a good day to bring out the corks and engage the kids in a very new experience. Honestly speaking, this was my first time working with corks as well. One of the easiest things to make was a pen – pencil stand and so we got to work.
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- Using a high-temperature setting, glue the corks to each other side-to-side. At this point, you may choose how long, wide, and tall you want your holder to be.
- Once you have your first layer done, turn the holder upside down (while gluing the corks, make sure the base of the corks are all uniform – the height of the corks don’t really matter – at least it didn’t for me because I wanted a more natural look) and hot glue Popsicle sticks to form the base of the holder.
3. Turn the holder over and continue gluing corks to your desired height.
While I did not allow my 4-year-old to work on this project, 6-year-old J had a really good time with this corks activity for kids! It was his first time using a hot glue gun. For him, I had a mini high-temp glue gun and it worked well for him. He was so proud of himself for successfully doing his very own project. I was proud of him too, that despite hurting himself a couple times with the glue gun, he did not quit.
At the very top is a pen pencil holder I made for my daughter, in the middle laying upside down is the small box holder J made all by himself and below it, also upside down is the holder pictured in this post.
This is a great project for kids 6 and older and I am sure if you do a quick search, there are a ton of other things you can make with corks. We liked this simple and useful idea of making a pen pencil holder and as we slowly transition toward remote learning for one and homeschooling for the other, we hope to get a lot of use from these holders!
Have you tried anything with corks? What have been your experiences?