I’m a cork collector – if we get a bottle with a real cork rather than a plastic imitation I hoard them, jealously, until a cork craft pops into my head. We had a birthday in this house, just before Christmas, and there was Champagne – which means corks, fabulous, beautifully shaped corks to play with! This easy cork craft makes for a fab present for any beach lover, seaside dweller or salty sea dog sailor. The keyring will float if it is accidentally dropped in water – as long as the keys aren’t too heavy – perfect for clumsy boat people like me!

Champagne cork lighthouse keyring, surrounded by seashells.


Champagne Cork Craft – How to Make a Lighthouse Keyring

You will need

  1. A Champagne cork (or Prosecco/Cheap Fizz, let’s not be precious about this!)
  2. Acrylic paints
  3. String
  4. Strong sticky tape (we used blue insulation tape)
  5. A keyring ring
  6. A drill


  • Drill a hole through your cork from top to bottom (adult help will be needed for younger children).
  • Thread your cork onto a piece of sturdy string. This can be tricky, we attached the end of our string to a piece of wire with sticky tape and then pushed the wire though, pulling the string along behind it like a needle and thread!
  • Tie a knot at one end of your string.
  • Pass the other end through your keyring ring and secure in place with strong tape.

Champagne cork attached to a keyring with twine.

  • Paint your cork with white acrylic paint and allow to dry.

Cork painted with a white base layer.

  • Paint blue (or red) stripes onto your cork and allow to dry.
  • Add windows and a door, you could even add a helipad on top too!

Champagne cork lighthouse keyring.

For more Cork Craft Ideas have a look at

Liz’s gorgeous Fairy Toadstools

Maggie’s Cork Knights – unbearably cute!

Pop to Liz (again! – So Creative!) for her Chinese New Year Firecracker

And AGAIN for her Mini Beasts and Simple Boats!

Lighthouse Keyring with seashells.

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