Cork Planters

These cork planters are super sweet. They are easy to make and make awesome fridge magnets. We also think they’d make for great upcycled gifts. Got a wine or plant lover on your list? We’ve got you covered.

cork planters

These cork planter fridge magnets make for a quick and easy DIY. They’re simple to make  and only require wine corks, magnets, some soil and succulent clippings. For tools you will need a hot glue gun, a pairing knife and a screw driver. If you’ve been saving your wine corks for a special project then you will love these cork planters. If you are having a special bottle of wine be sure to set aside the cork and make a special memento from it in the form of a succulent cork planter!

Step 1. Assemble your corks and get out your pocket knife or kitchen pairing knife. We recommend working over a box or newspaper to contain the cork carvings.

cork planter preparation

Step 2. Punch a hole in the cork with the head of a screwdriver.

punch a hole with a screwdriver

Step 3. Take the pairing knife and wiggle it around, carving out a hole into your cork.

carve your cork planter

Carving tip – Your hole should go about halfway down the cork.

cork planters

Step 4. With a hot glue gun, affix magnets onto your corks.

glue gun

Step 5. Fill your mini cork planters with soil.

potting soil for cork planters

Step 6. Plant your succulent clippings into the cork planters.

succulent planters

Step 7. Place your new magnets onto the fridge and admire your new cork planters!

cork planter fridge magnets

89 comments

    • judy

      Hi Hannah, yes they do live :) I water mine by spritzing them with a water sprayer. Succulents need very little water so once a week or so is adequate.

    • judy

      Hi Kristin, succulents are not very fussy. Just clip of a piece (I look for the new growth/off-shoots) and plant it in soil. More often then not it will grow :)

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  2. Tina

    This is great & I have lots of those plants so many that I give them away once they over grow the pots .. I want to start planting them in ugly fields lol .. But it gets 9n the 100′s in the summertime here in calif.

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      • Mark

        Thanks Judy but what I meant was what could be an alternative for the plants? Could it be some fake flower tops? paperclip designs?

        I am really interested to know your ideas. I already have wine corks and would like to have my weekends more fruitful. :)

        • judy

          Hi Mark, absolutely, those ideas all sound great. some more options: cork magnet toothpick holders or try inserting an old marker lid to make the cork magnets friendly for fresh plant clippings :)

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  8. mary lulfs

    Maybe an alternative to the fridge would be to put them in a framed piece of tin or metallic backing and hang them on a wall.

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  16. chucklehounds

    These are great! Did you use any rooting hormone or pre-root them before planting? Fantastic way to keep live plants away from the animals! Also, would you share where you found the small round magnets? Thanks for posting – I see spring in our forecast this weekend!

  17. Daphne in Orange

    I knew there was a reason to keep all those corks! great idea. Also like putting a pen tip in for fresh.

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    • Daphne in Orange

      I also only drink red. It doesn’t really hurt the looks. I used the stained side up and it is just an accent to my little garden. Most hobby stores (Michael’s or Hobby Lobby) carry the corks. I bought a little pack of “Replacement Bottle Corks” at World Market. 6 corks were $1.99. Cheaper than the wine!

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  38. suzane galvan-manzano

    Very cool . So very cool. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for plants now. Wine corks, I’ve got lots of, I enjoy fruits of labor :)

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