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Cute Wine Cork Christmas Craft Figures

I got the idea for this fun wine cork Christmas craft after making a load of cork figures for Halloween. This time I update the wine cork with classic Christmas characters.

Like with the Halloween figures, I upcycled a mixture of wine and champagne corks. I made a gang of seven different Christmas figures. All together they look like a gang of Christmas superheroes.

The cork figures can be displayed on the mantle as a fun Christmas scene. Or you can add an eyelet screw into the top of the corks to hang them from the Christmas trees as an ornament. I hung my Halloween cork figures in a garland, as I didn’t have a tree at Halloween.

This simple Christmas cork craft is suitable for both adults and kids. Besides the wine corks, all you need are a few paint pens, scraps of felt and wire. It is a very affordable craft.

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What You Need To Make Christmas Cork Figures

  • Old wine and Champagne corks – I collect mine through out the year and have a jar full. I’m sure if you ask around friends and relatives will save you their wine corks for crafting.
Jar of wine corks
  • Scraps of red and green felt for Santa and elf hats.
  • Cream felt for angel wings
  • Assorted mini felt balls
  • Cotton wool pads for Santa’s beard and hat trim.
  • Craft paints and acylic paint pens
  • black wool – enough to make a small pompom
  • Craft wire for angel halo and antlers
What you need to make Christmas wine cork figures.

The Wine Cork Christmas Craft

I made seven different Christmas corks in total. This motley gang of Christmas classics included Rudolph, Santa, elf, angel, Nutcracker, gingerbread man and a snowman.

I’ll go through each wine corks character in detail below. Before I started though, I painted the corks with craft paint, in the base colours needed for each figure.

Painting wine corks Christmas craft

1. How To Make A Wine Cork Rudolph

Step 1: Use a champagne cork and paint it a brown colour.

Step 2: Make two mini antlers by twisting brown paper covered wire into shape. Or you can make a set of brown felt or cardboard antlers.

what you need to make a Rudolph cork

Step 3: Punch two holes into the top of the cork with a sharp object, such as a nail. Stick the antlers into the holes. Then glue a red felt pompom to the front for a noise. Use the acrylic paint pens to draw on some eyes.

Rudolph wine cork craft

2. The Snowman Wine Cork

Step 1: First, paint a wine cork white. Then use a black acrylic paint pen to draw on the eyes and buttons.

Step 2: Next cut an orange pompom so that is slightly pointed. Glue it onto the cork, for the snowman nose.

Step 3: Next, cut a thin coloured ribbon to fit around the wine cork. Stick this ribbon onto the cork so that it looks like a scarf.

Snowman wine cork

3. How To Make A Santa Wine Cork

Step 1: First, paint a wine cork red with a pink face.

Step 2: Next, make a Santa hat out of red felt. Cut a piece of felt into a small quarter circle. Glue some cotton wool along the curved edge of the red felt. Then sew the felt into a cone shape. Sew a small white pompom at the top.

tiny felt Santa hat

Step 3: Next, cut a cotton wool pad into a small triangle shape to make a Santa beard. Draw eyes onto the face of the wine cork. Finish off by glueing on the beard and hat.

Mini Santa Figure

4. How To Make A Cork Gingerbread Man

Step 1: First, paint a Champagne cork brown. Then, stick two coloured pompoms to the front of the cork.

Step 3: Finish off by painting white squiggly lines on the cork and some black eyes.

Champagne gingerbread man

5. How To Make Elf

Step 1: First, paint a wine cork green with a pink face. Then paint on a red elf collar and white hooped strips. Draw black eyes onto the face.

Step 2: Make a green felt elf hat, the same way as the Santa hat above. Glue the hat to the top of the painted wine cork.

Elf cork figure

6. How To Make A Cork Nutcracker Soldier

Step 1: First, paint a wine cork in a mixture of black, blue and red stripes. Don’t forget to paint a pink face.

Step 2: Next, draw on some eyes and a black moustache. With a yellow acrylic paint pen, add some details, such as a chin strap and a cross.

Step 3: Make a small black pompom bearskin hat. Do this by wrapping black wool around a fork. Then tie it off in the centre before cutting it free. Trim the pompom down to size and to make it more fluffy.

Making a fork pompom

Step 4: Finish off the nutcracker wine cork figure by glueing the pompom bearskin hat.

mini Nutcracker soldier DIY

7. How To Make An Angel Cork Character

Step 1: First, to make a wine cork Christmas craft angel, you will need to make mini felt wings in cream. And make a tiny halo out of bent craft wire.

Angel wings and halo

Step 2: Next, paint a wine cork white and draw on a mouth and face.

Step 3: Finish off the angel by glueing the felt wings to the back of the cork. Then, stick the halo into the top of the cork.

Wine cork angel

The Finished Christmas Cork Gang

Wine cork Christmas figures

I like to display my Christmas characters all together in a group. But you could easily turn them into hanging ornaments by adding eyelet hooks to the top of the corks. Or for the characters with hats and hair, just sew the hanging thread into the top of the hats.

The figures would also look great placed inside a Christmas printers tray display.

If you have any suggestions of more Christmas characters I could make out of wine corks, I’d love to hear them.

Christmas cork figures DIY

There are many fun Christmas wine cork crafts and Christmas upcycles and crafts on the site that you might also want to check out. Such as the Christmas shuttlecock angels, and tin can ornaments.

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For more interesting ideas of what other everyday things that can be upcycled check out this A to Z of clever upcycling ideas.

Michelle Leslie

Friday 26th of November 2021

They're all sooooo cute, Claire but Rudolf with his red nose is my favourite. And his elf buddy. He's awesome too.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Thank you, I think Rudolf is probably my favourite too, but don't tell the others.

Cecilia

Sunday 21st of November 2021

These are so cute, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Thank you so much, Cecilia.

Deborah W

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Absolutely adorable. And they should last year after year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Thank you, yes it will be fun getting them out of the decorations box year after year and to add a few ne characters each year.