Adorable DIY Cork Apple Craft (Two Ways)

This DIY cork apple craft is a fun afternoon project you can create for fall, as a back to school gift, or as a teacher appreciation present. This looks great painted or natural, so decide which you like best and let’s get started.

You will need only a few staples for this one: wine corks, red paint, felt, ribbon, and a stick or twig from the yard. Included is a free printable so little ones can help create this fun fall craft idea, too!

Horizontal image of three differently sized recycled wine cork apples with a wreath and school supplies.
Make these recycled cork apples in just a few minutes!

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Apple Crafts for Fall and Back to School

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we’re getting pretty excited for fall. It’s been a long, hot summer and I am itching for the cool breezes of the next season.

Today, we sat down and created a set of cork apples to help usher in back to school and they were a lot of fun to make. If you have younger hands wanting to help, print off the free template so they can join in on the fun.

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Vertical image of wine cork apples made for a back to school craft in front of a white background with school supplies and a wreath.
Make a teacher’s day or decorate with fall using this easy cork apple DIY.

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More Wine Cork Craft Ideas

  • Adorable DIY Cork Bunny Craft – This is too cute for words. Leave one side unpainted for a rustic look.
  • Cork Pumpkin DIY – Create a few of these painted cork pumpkins or leave some natural for a more rustic look.
  • Easy Cork Snowman Craft – This easy craft is another fun way to incorporate a painted or natural look for the holiday season.
  • Cork Gnome Ornaments – If you have scraps of yarn or faux fur, make some mini gnome ornaments using corks and felt.

Tips for Making Cork Apples and Other Projects

  • This DIY wine cork apple is made even easier with this free pattern printable. Just open it and follow along or print it for little ones to match up with each of the corks.
  • Included in the printable are differently-sized apples – both are made the same way and the small ones are a fun project to use up those extra corks from other crafts.
  • Leave this project unpainted for a rustic farmhouse apple. Keep the leaves a muted felt and choose a gingham or Buffalo check ribbon for accents.
Square close up image of three wine cork apples painted red with leaves and ribbon in front of a wreath.
Tie on a gift certificate to turn this apple made from corks into a wow worthy teacher gift idea.

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How to Make a Cork Apple Shelf Sitter

Below are the written and printable instructions for this fun fall craft. The paint is optional and the printable is there to help little ones who want to help make this. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section below.

Yield: 3 cork apples

Wine Cork Apple Craft

Square close up image of three wine cork apples painted red with leaves and ribbon in front of a wreath.

Whip up some adorable cork apples using recycled corks, felt, a stick, and a hot glue gun. Paint them for a vibrant look or leave them natural for a neutral, farmhouse fall craft idea.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $7


  • Recycled Corks (19 large, 10 medium, 7 small)
  • Felt Scraps (for Leaves)
  • Ribbon Scraps
  • Twig or Stick (from the Yard) or Cork for Stem
  • Paint (optional)
  • Printable Template


  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Wire Cutters or Branch Cutter


  1. Print the apple template, if using. Decide on the size apple(s) to make - large, medium, and small. Follow the recommendations for each row count. The rows for each are small apple: 2, 3, 2; medium apple: 2, 3, 3, 2; large apple: 3, 4, 5, 4, 3. Groups of wine corks on wood background with hot glue gun.
  2. Glue each cork together to form an individual row. Horizontal image of rows of wine corks.
  3. Glue all rows together following the template. Three sets of wine cork apples on wood background with small glue gun.
  4. If painting, paint each of the cork ends with red paint and let dry. Note: skip this step if leaving the corks natural. Paintbrush and red paint showing the fronts of all wine corks painted red to resemble an apple.
  5. Cut the branch, if using, into 1-2 inch sections to form the apple stem. Glue to the top of each apple. Horizontal image showing a glue gun, snippers and sticks attached to the cork apples on a wood background.
  6. Use scissors to cut out a leaf shape (included in the template) from felt. Pinch the bottom of the leaf together, add glue, and let dry to create a dimensional leaf. Glue to the side of the stem and tie on a ribbon. Three sets of apple leaves cut from green felt with scissors.


For a more natural look, leave the wine corks unpainted or use a light stain to color the ends instead of paint.

Tie on a gift certificate to the cork apple for a back to school or teacher appreciate gift idea.

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More Apple Crafts and Treats You Might Like

  • Apple Mason Jar DIY – This is easy to make and is perfect when filled with freshly-sharpened No 2 Ticonderoga pencils. Trust me, teachers will LOVE it!
  • Clay Pot Apple Jar – This fun and fast craft involves just a few supplies and is perfectly-sized for gift cards (with a little sweet treat, of course).
  • Fun and Yummy Apple Cupcakes with Worms – Kids will go WILD for this fun cupcake decorating idea and, when it’s made with my very popular “Lazy Girl’s vanilla cupcake recipe,” it’s so fast to put together.

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Stacked vertical image collage of three red painted apples made from corks with text which reads adorable cork apples.
Create these fun recycled cork apples with just a few supplies.

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