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13 Jun
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Ever wonder how you could possibly repurpose all of those old trophies you have packed away in storage?! Inspired by my hoarding of childhood trophies which feature the most eclectic collection of trophy tops - a rabbit, a horse, a soccer player, a cheerleader - I realized that I loved the tops and what they represented (okay, maybe I a little personal validation of my childhood feats?!)

And what better way to make what is old, new again than transform these trophies into fresh and modern wine stoppers! It is so easy that you can even do it just in time for Father's Day!

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Here's what you need:

  • Trophy Top (Can be salvaged from antique stores, flea markets or even your storage unit! Can also be purchased at your local trophy store or online.)
  • Wine Bottle Cork (Preferably a medium tapered cork (standard for wine bottles), purchased at my local hardware store or can be found online in bulk.)
  • Drill with 5/32 drill bit
  • Super glue
  • Empty wine bottles (the perfect excuse to have another glass!)
  • Paint (optional)

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First, pre-drill the cork with the drill bit (a 5/32 bit is what we used). The size of the bit should be just a tad smaller than the threads on the trophy top. Drill 1/2 the length of the cork.

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Next (and finally), add just a a dab of Super Glue to the threads of the trophy and screw the top into the cork.

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Yahoo! Coolest wine stopper ever complete.

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These are as good as gold but how about adding a pop of color?! We painted, dipped and sprayed a few and I'm in love with the results!

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When painting with a paint brush, we used Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint in Chipotle from Michaels. Put washi tape on the trophy top to create a nice edge and prevent the paint from bleeding. Paint with a brush. Remove tape and let dry.

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To dip paint the trophy, we used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Graphite to create a modern matte finish. I recommend putting some of the paint in a small container and dipping the trophy in the paint to the desired amount. Hang to dry with a paper towel underneath to catch any drips. (Make sure to gently wipe any drips off the bottom of the trophy before they dry!)  This horse head is MY FAVE!

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If you are opting to spray paint, I recommend finding a scrap piece of wood and drill some holes the size of the threads of the trophy. Place the trophy tops in the holes. Spray with small even strokes. Let dry. We used Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Chrome to make this football player nice and shiny!

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Not only are these wine stoppers a great gift but I would love to use these as part of a centerpiece or table numbers! What a fun way to show off your skillz (even if they are wannabe)...or even cheers to the glory days!

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Photo credit: Jordi Lee Photography

 

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