Introduction: How To: Get a Cork Out of an Empty Wine Bottle

Getting a cork out of an empty wine bottle is not only easy, it's a fun parlor trick to share with everyone. 

Every once in awhile, in the pursuit of a glass of wine a cork breaks or perhaps you've found yourself without a corkscrew and pushed the cork into the bottle yourself--no matter what the case, you now have a cork in your wine bottle. It may seem impossible to remove it, but with one simple item--a plastic shopping bag--you can remove the cork in a matter of minutes. Keep reading to find out how.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:
  • Plastic Grocery Bag (without holes)
That's it! Simple. It can be an old produce bag, a take out bag, whatever you've got laying around. The only requirement is that it doesn't have any holes. 

Step 2: Insert the Bag

Starting with the closed or sealed end of your plastic bag, feed it into your empty wine bottle. Continue to push the bag inside until the portion of the bag thats inside the bottle is longer than the cork.

Step 3: Orient the Cork

Maneuver the wine bottle until the cork is sitting vertically--parallel to the neck of the wine bottle. Your cork should be nestled in the bottom of the opening. 

Step 4: Fill Your Bag

Blow air into the bag, inflating the bottom of the bag inside the wine bottle around the cork. 

Step 5: Pull

Grasping the bottom of the bag that is sticking out of the wine bottle, pull gently. As you pull the bag out of the bottle, the pressure will increase in the end of the bag, around the cork. Your air filled bag should grab the cork and pull it out of the bottle with the bag. 

This step can take some patience. Go slow and make sure your air filled bag is grabbing the cork. 

Step 6: You're Done!

Congrats!  You can also perform this trick with a napkin, but it's a little harder without the air pocket to grab on to the cork. Recycle or up-cycle that wine bottle however you'd like!

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moraisecastro made it!(author)2014-04-09

What's the point of this??

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bob_the_builder21804 made it!(author)2017-03-10

I've been making my own wines, so I reuse/recycle wine bottles. I've only accidentally pushed the cork inside the bottle once so far, but hat to throw a bottle way when I can reuse it.

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brreed made it!(author)2015-11-11

To get a cork out of a wine bottle. Sheesh.

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moraisecastro made it!(author)2015-11-11

That's only useful if you are going to use the bottle again. Otherwise is a sterile exercise...

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synthdust made it!(author)2014-04-12

This is pretty, neat, but I agree with 'moraisecastro' here, what is the point?

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stereo123 made it!(author)2014-04-13

The point is being able to do it. I had the need once, wish I knew about this :/

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mauriceh made it!(author)2017-02-22

First try. got the cork to the neck of the bottle, and at that point the bag broke.
Then I just took a corkscrew and the cork came right out.
Magic!
Thanks

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DeborahW53 made it!(author)2016-05-08

This was so helpful! I poured out all the rest of the wine, filtering all the tiny and not-so-tiny bits of cork through a coffee filter set over a strainer set over a pitcher. But I really wanted to pour the rest of the wine back into bottle, "recork" with a reusable wine stopper, and enjoy the rest of the wine with tomorrow's dinner (duh! I really can't understand those who don't see the utility of this trick/never consumed less than a full bottle at one sitting). At sny rate, I guessed that there was a physics-based solution to this problem. Thank you so much!

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JasmineB31 made it!(author)2016-04-23

hey! this was a great idea! we had a beautiful wine bottle and we qanted to use it but couldnt because of the cork inside it but we tried this and it works wonders! thanks :)

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mattclary made it!(author)2014-04-07

I'd like to try a little Vaseline in the neck, put the bottle in the freezer. Take the bottle out, ensuring the cork falls into the opening of the neck. Warm the bottle, that should force the cork farther into the neck. Once far enough that it will stay in place, put the bottle in boiling water.

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stephenp5 made it!(author)2016-03-16

I thought this was going to be the way it was done to be honest. Great party trick :-) Thnx

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Kinnishian made it!(author)2014-04-08

Talk about glass explosion...wine bottles have a low pressure threshold, be careful.

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CEVMarauder made it!(author)2014-04-09

If the pressure from shoving the cork into the full bottle didn't blow it, it's not likely to explode before the cork gives way.

But we won't know until we test it. Lemme go get a couple bottles of wine and my goggles. FOR SCIENCE!!!

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Anarchaic made it!(author)2014-04-08

Try that as a bar trick!

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Eric+Rocher made it!(author)2014-10-29

I made this bottle to keep absinthe in. The cork had a wooden topper that cracked off and I accidentally pushed the remaining cork in all the way. I thought that this bottle that I had worked a very long time on and love was finished. On the third try, I was able to get the old cork out. Thank you so much.

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ve6cmm made it!(author)2014-05-03

I have been doing this sort of thing for many years. It is easier to use a cloth napkin than a plastic bag. Just feed a corner of the napkin into the bottle, shake the cork into the corner of the napkin and pull the cork out. I have done this at a dinner table many times without having to get up! It amazes everyone.

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dmreddy made it!(author)2014-04-09

Awesome... Simple and neat trick...

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Comanchegyrl made it!(author)2014-04-08

I recently read where a mechanic from Argentina performed this little trick, and afterward teamed up with a doctor to invent a similar device for extracting babies during difficult births. Ha!

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dillonsparks made it!(author)2014-04-09

my wife had the same ob/gyn.

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TheCheesemakersWife made it!(author)2014-04-08

I saw this on a show on Science, or Nat Geo. Crazy.

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gdex made it!(author)2014-04-08

impressive trick !
thanks a lot

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kmathes made it!(author)2014-04-08

I have a rubber stopper in an Erlenmeyer flask that I want to get out. I'll try this method.

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Light_Lab made it!(author)2014-04-08

I have done this trick many times with a loop of string. Even if you can't get the loop to go over the back of the cork often the friction of the string on the cork is enough.

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louijp made it!(author)2014-04-08

I used an easier trick. Instead of a plastic bag, I use kitchen twine and a #4-40 nut. I tie the twine to the nut and drop it into the bottle. Then I tilt the bottle until the cork come stuck to the neck, Then I just pull the twine that I secured to the handle of a spoon, and the cork come out fairly easily.

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slohcooker made it!(author)2014-04-08

Brilliant.

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vladivastok made it!(author)2014-04-07

[NOT MAD CAPS] GONNA GIVE THAT A TRY. REALLY LOOK'S INTERESTING & COULD BE USEFULL FOR WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE. IT ALSO GIVES ME A REASON TO GET WINE. [ THANK'S] VLAD.

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Abeytj made it!(author)2014-04-07

Napkin cannot retain air. How it will grab the cork. You have also mentioned that the plastic bag should not have holes in it

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man1919 made it!(author)2014-04-06

great idea!

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amalkhan made it!(author)2014-04-06

that's awesome!

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Mr_o_uk made it!(author)2014-04-05

This 'party trick' inspired someone to create a birthing aid to replace forceps!!

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25137800

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TheAbandonedWarlord made it!(author)2014-04-05

I read the amazing story but I was wandering how you found it!?

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random916 made it!(author)2014-04-05

lol... when i was 8 or 9 my dad showed me this when we were on vacation one summer, and i went around to all the tables in the restaurant performing this trick for a buck a table...

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togo1919 made it!(author)2014-04-05

Hooray! Very cool!

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Stan1y made it!(author)2014-04-05

must try that

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Costarus made it!(author)2014-04-04

Interesting way. But usually enough rope with a knot at the end.

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tinkerology made it!(author)2014-04-04

This also works with a dinner napkin.

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Danger+is+my+middle+name made it!(author)2014-04-04

Wow, fun trick! I've never seen that before!

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