At our house we typically try to finish off a bottle of wine within a day or two (maybe three) after opening it. It doesn't always happen. But I really hate to throw out wine, so I usually save it for cooking. We make risotto pretty often, so we tend to use up any leftover wine then.
But in the meantime, the bottle is sitting on the counter or a shelf with the old cork jammed back into the top. There's been a few times I lost the cork. So I ended up pouring the wine into a mason jar with a lid to save for cooking. It looked pretty odd on our bar cart. It probably looked like I was attempting to make homemade wine.That was partly the motivation behind making a few cute wine toppers. I loved how these turned out and it only took about ten minutes to complete (plus dry time for the glue and paint). Too easy.There's about a hundred different ways you could customize this idea. You could use rocks you find your backyard. You could collect rocks from different locations (like, while on vacation) for a year and use those. After cleaning the rocks you could paint them a solid color, dip them halfway and leave the other natural half exposed, or you could add a metallic paint to just the inside edges (like I did).
You're creative. You do what you will.
I do want to recommend the particular glue I used in this project. It is extremely strong so it was ideal for this as you'll be pulling these corks in and out of bottles and you don't want the toppers to come off the cork base. I used Epoxy Cement (ultrafast crystal clear).I could see these making a really unique gift to a fellow wine-lover. Just a thought. Thanks for letting me share. xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman