How to Make Recycled Wine Cork Pumpkins

A while back I made a fun project using a whole bunch of wine corks I had been saving. The project was a wine cork trivet but as some projects go, it sat around for a while and I repurposed it. 

Corks glued together in a plumbers clamp.

I turned it into a pumpkin for the Fall and I could have sold it about 100 times! You can read all about it by following the bold links. 
Orange painted cork circle with leaf and stem

So recently when I came across a wine cork pumpkin DIY put out by Country Living I couldn't wait to make some more. I just happened to have a giant basket of corks in my workshop, I swear I didn't drink all that wine, I have friends. 
Basket of corks with a tag

I began by attaching corks using a cordless hot glue gun. I made a row of 4 corks, then a row of 5, then a row of 6, then back down to 4 again. 
Many cork pumpkins in process.

On the top I drilled a hole using a paddle drill bit the same diameter as a wine cork. I dropped in a bit of hot glue and created a stem which was another cork.  
Drill hole in top of pumpkins

I had a LOT of corks so I made several pumpkins in a variety of sizes. 
Pumpkin shape made of wine corks

Two wine cork pumpkins unpainted

Four wine cork pumpkins unpainted

In the past when I made the trivet pumpkin, I painted all the corks on one side orange. This time following my inspiration, I painted only a random few on each pumpkin with orange and amber colored paint. One pumpkin I just painted orange. 
Wine cork pumpkins with random corks painted orange

Next, I decorated the pumpkins by adding burlap ribbon around the stems, green wide ribbon that looks like leaves, tendrils made from old springs, and assorted leaves and berries.
Wine cork pumpkins with painted cork and ribbon for leaves

Love these? Take a look at the wine cork apple I made for all the teachers out there! 

Two wine cork pumpkins with ribbon leaves

These pumpkins are just adorable!
Wine cork pumpkins painted orange with leaves

Wine cork pumpkin pin

Inspired by an old wine cork trivet project, I took my cork pumpkins to another level by decorating them with fun and interesting found pieces. 
3 wine cork pumpkins on a buffalo check tray

I better get busy drinking more wine so I'll have plenty of corks for my next wine cork project! 
Wine cork pumpkins on shelf with baskets

Even if you're not a big drinker, take a look at a few more cork projects by Homeroad! 

Fairy light bottles with tags

cork tray with clock

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .