Without the cork flaking and shredding?
Or accidentally cutting your fingers to shreds?
I need to cut a wine cork in half for an upcoming project. I want to cut the cork quickly, easily, and safely. Most of all I want to cut the wine cork without cork bits shedding all over the place. A nice, clean, cork cut is all I ask.
How to Neatly Cut a Wine Cork in Half
Cutting wine corks for crafts isn’t hard to do. If you want to cut a wine cork without it falling apart, you’ll need to do one simple step before you cut into it.
You will need:
Pot of water
Vegetable steamer (a metal colander will do in a pinch)
Small hand hacksaw or a serrated knife if you don’t mind your husband gives you the stink eye for dulling his good knives. I went with the handsaw to avoid the stink eye.
You can buy my hand hacksaw on Amazon if you’re interested (affiliate link.) It is handy!
1. Bring the pot of water to a boil on the stove.
2. Put the cork (s) in the vegetables steamer or metal colander and steam them over the pot of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Don’t freak out if the cork absorbs water and swells a little bit in size. You want this to happen. This is what makes the cork easy to cut and without too much flaking.
3. Carefully remove the cork from the steamer. Be careful. The cork may be warm to hot to the touch.
4. Put the cork on the cutting board.
5. Use the handsaw, or risk spousal stink eye and use the serrated kitchen knife, to cut the cork in slices or in half.
Watch your fingers while you cut!
6. And you’re done. Craft on!