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DIY Wine Cork Planter Magnets

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Cute, isn’t it? You don’t need to be a horticulturist to create this too!

These adorable wine cork planter magnets are very simple to do, and they make a wonderful decoration at home or at work. I recommend using succulents as they are known to be hardy and require minimal watering. Perfect for a person like me who does not have green fingers. So let’s get down to business!

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Tools you’ll need:

1. Wine corks
2. Pocket Knife / Scissors
3. Succulent plants
4. Soil
5. Magnets
6. Glue gun

Step 1 – Prepare the cork

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Using a pocket knife or scissors, punch a hole in the centre of the cork and turn in a circular motion to hollow out the centre of the cork. Be careful not to puncture through the bottom. Your hole should go about halfway or ¾ down the cork.

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Quick tip: wrapping your fingers around the cork could help to prevent the rim from cracking. 🙂

Step 2 – Stick the magnet to the cork

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Once you are done hollowing out the cork, glue your magnets to the cork using a glue gun. I am using tiny magnets that I bought from a thrift shop. I have tested them before and found them to be quite strong, despite their size.

Step 3 – Add soil and plant your succulent

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Next, pack 1/3 of the cork with soil and add a few drops of water. Carefully plant your mini succulent into the cork and add more soil. You can use a toothpick or a stirrer to pack the soil down.

And you are done! 🙂

Simple, isn’t it? It took me less than 15 minutes to complete 5 of them, which I hung on my kitchen door and my office cupboard.

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I just love how these little plants add a touch of green to my environment. Oh yes, you’ll get colleagues asking you if these tiny plants are real!

Remember to water these tiny planters regularly using a dropper or a straw to keep them alive. It would be good to let them ‘sunbathe’ once in a while too. 🙂

The next time you enjoy a bottle of wine, remember to save the cork!

Give it a try and share your creation with us by tagging #MyNiceHome on Instagram.If you have other crafty suggestions, do let us know via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or via our Facebook page.

By LF Shen
June 23, 2016


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