Diy: How to Easily Cut Corks

At Recyclart, we love corks and all those amazing projects that re-use corks to make creative and original things. But, one of the biggest problems with corks is to cut them nicely. Here are step-by-step instructions we found that will help you how to cut your corks without any difficulties!

  1. Fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water.
  2. Add strainer/sifter to the pan. Make sure the water does not touch the apparatus.
  3. Add corks to the apparatus.
  4. Cover the saucepan.
  5. Boil water for 3 minutes.
  6. Cut corks like cutting butter.
  7. That's it!

Did you try this method? What do you think of it? Do you have any other (better) method to share?

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Moyra Callahan

Hell yeah! This rules!!

Raymond Casillas

cook em for what? Never heard of that.

Benjamin Shea

Cut not cook

Raymond Casillas

thanx, ben, got mixed up with the pot and everything.

Ferdinand Swart

Why would you want to cut cork

Katie
Katie

Why cut cork? Perhaps you want to make something, but don’t need the large cork (the craft calls for small pieces, so you have to cut one large cork into smaller bits).

OR, like I would like to do, make a stamp out of a cork. This requires cutting into the cork.

Loralee
Loralee

So, we want to steam the corks rather than boil them, correct?

PoppaGuy
PoppaGuy

Yes, don’t allow the corks to touch the water.

Meg
Meg

does this work only on natural cork, or is it good for synthetic cork too?

Craig
Craig

How does this affect size (i.e. do they swell). If I need my pieces 1/2 inches long will they shorten after cooling off(after cutting at 1/2)?

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