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Recycle Wine Cork Christmas Tree Tutorial: Eco-Friendly Christmas Craft

Looking for a creative and sustainable way to decorate for Christmas? This recycle wine cork Christmas tree tutorial is perfect for you! Made from upcycled wine corks, this tree is a unique and eco-friendly wine cork Christmas craft that will enhance your holiday decor.

This tutorial is easy to follow and only requires a few basic supplies. You can customize your tree to any size or color you like, and it’s sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

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How Can You Recycle Wine Corks?

Wine corks can not be reused for wine due to bacterial concerns; however, there are many ways to recycle wine corks.

Are Wine Corks Good For Plants?

Yes, cork helps to hold moisture in the soil. You can break them into pieces or leave them whole. Either way, they will help to keep your soil moist.

You can also slice corks into pieces and glue them to the bottom of your plant containers to cushion against scratching your floor or table.

Add recycled wine corks to plants to keep soil moist.

Home Decor

Recycling wine corks for home decor is another great option. Coasters, trivets, push pin cork boards, and more are practical ways to reuse old corks.

Wine Cork Christmas Crafts

Finally, you can use your old corks to make fun Wine Cork Christmas Crafts. There are many fun ornament ideas, from reindeer to snowmen. However, I’m sharing how to make an easy Wine Cork Christmas Tree to enhance any area of your home this holiday season.

Wine Cork Christmas Tree Tutorial

I was looking for cute Christmas decor for our wine bar this holiday. I wanted something stylish but in keeping with the wine theme. Therefore, I decided to recycle some wine corks into trees.

There are several options for creating a Wine Cork Christmas Tree; however, I think you’ll agree this is the cutest idea.

I made two trees, and I’ll share the supplies for each.

Tools & Supplies

Here are the tools we used to work easily with the corks.

Supplies based on size

6-Inch cone

17 – 18 Corks –Metal Star – 36 –Berries

12-inch cone

32 Corks – Wooden Star – 86 –Berries

How To Prepare To Recycle Wine Corks

First, the wine cork Christmas tree looks best if the corks are cut in half. However, this was the tricky part of the project. We attempted to cut them with a sharp knife without success. We eventually found the method that worked for us was using a scroll saw to slice the corks. The saw quickly cut all the corks, but I recommend using it with caution.

NOTE OF USE EXTREME CAUTION: Use all safety precautions when using the scroll saw. The corks should be held securely to avoid any vibration of the saw to prevent slicing your fingers.

Wine Cork Craft Tutorial

The next step is to cover the styrofoam cone with kraft paper. This will allow the corks to adhere more easily, and the gaps between the corks will be less visible.

Wrap the cone tightly with the kraft paper and secure it with hot glue.

Cut any excess paper from the top and bottom of the cone.

Attach Corks

To attach corks, add hot glue to the flat side of the sliced cork. Then, begin at the bottom of the cone and align the corks evenly around the cone’s diameter.

Make sure the corks are standing straight. This may leave small gaps toward the bottom of the cone.

Note: Be sure to wear hot glue finger protection for this project.

Next, begin adding a second row of corks. For this step, you will need to add hot glue to the top and bottom flat side of the cork. Overlap the first row slightly and hold it in place until the glue sets.

Add second row of wine corks to make a wine cork Christmas Tree with recycle wine corks.

As you work around the cone, you may find it necessary to trim the top edges of a few corks.

Use scissors to slice a wedge off the two corners, allowing the corks to fit snuggly around the cone.

Cut corners of wine corks to allow them to fit on cone.

You will find that trimming the corners will be more critical as you continue to add rows of corks.

Four rounds of corks are on the 6-inch cone, and eight are on the 12-inch cone.

Add several rows of wine corks to make a wine cork Christmas tree.

Pinecone Idea

When I reached the top of the tree, I was unsure about how to finish the top. Since I have an abundance of pinecones, I decided to add a few scales to the top of the tree.

Just break a few larger scales from a pinecone and add hot glue to the small end. Form a circle at the top of the Wine Cork Christmas Tree. Be sure to leave a small opening at the center to attach the star.

Trim The Tree with Berries

To trim the tree, use hot glue to attach a berry to each space between the corks. This will help to adorn the tree and help to hide gaps.

Add faux berries to the Wine Cork Christmas Tree Craft

Top The Wine Cork Christmas Tree

Now, it’s time to top the tree. I decided to use the stars in my craft supplies for this step.

Begin by slicing the end of a wine cork with a sharp knife. Cut it approximately 1/4 – 1/2 inches.

Then, use an ice pick to punch a hole in the center.

Add a piece of wire to your stars with hot glue. I used two metal stars for the small tree and placed the wire in between with hot glue. Then, slide the wire into the cork, leaving at least an inch coming out the bottom.

Add hot glue to the top of the cone and push the wire into the top. Press the star and cork slice until the glue sets to secure the star to the top.

Add star to the top of the recycled wine cork craft.

Decorate with Recycle Wine Cork Christmas Trees

Now, you are ready to decorate with your DIY Christmas trees.

Two wine cork Christmas trees on the wine bar in the farmhouse.

They are the perfect addition to the wine bar.

Add trees to candlesticks as risers.
Yield: 1 Christmas Tree

Recycle Wine Cork Christmas Tree Tutorial

Recycle Wine Cork Christmas Tree Tutorial

How To Recycle Wine Corks to Make a DIY Wine Cork Christmas Tre

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • Wine Corks 17 for 6 inch tree
  • Small Styrofoam Cone 6 inches
  • Red Berries
  • 2 Rusty metal stars
  • Kraft Paper


  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scroll Saw
  • Hot Glue Finger Protectors
  • Scissors


  1. Wrap the styrofoam cone with kraft paper and adhere it with hot glue
  2. Cut corks in half with a scroll saw ( use caution )
  3. Apply hot glue to the backside of the corks and adhere to the bottom of the cone.
  4. Continue adding corks with a slight overlap until the cone is covered. Be sure the corks are aligned upright. This may result in slight gaps. Cut top corners from corks to allow them to fit together with minimum gaps.
  5. Add pinecone scales to the top of the cone.
  6. Add a star to the top with a piece of cork to hold it steady.


Follow safety precautions when using the scroll saw to cut corks.

Did you make this project?

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You can add them to pillar-size candleholders, or they can sit without a riser.

two trees on a silver tray with wine glasses.

They will also look stylish decorating in other areas of your home as well.

Decorate a side table with the recycle wine cork craft.

Additional Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Christmas Ideas

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Wednesday 25th of October 2023

So darn cute Rachel! I have tons of corks, I better get to work. I will share on my next share post.


Wednesday 25th of October 2023

Wendy, I'm so glad you like this. I appreciate you for sharing


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

You are absolutely right. These cork trees are “So stinking cute”! One would be great added to a bottle of wine or bar gift! Thank you for sharing your talent! ps I had no idea cork to help with my plants.

Debbie K

Saturday 2nd of December 2023

@Jan, they also made a beautiful and artistic mulch in your flowerbed.


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Jan, Thank you so much. I'm glad you like them and yes, use any left overs in your plants.


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Such a great idea...can't wait to try.


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

Oh, I can't wait to see your version.

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