For the place cards, we're using old wine corks as a base to hold the name cards so that our guests know where to sit.
Of course, these don't have to be for weddings. You can use these for any kind of event.
Step 1: Get some corks
Now, all corks are not created equal. You have natural and synthetic corks. Natural corks are made out of cork wood while synthetic corks are made from some kind of compound. Natural corks work best for this kind of thing, but if you really want synthetic then go right ahead.
Also, I'm using wine corks in this instructable, not champagne corks. Of course, if you're having a party at a champagnery, feel free to adapt these instructions however you wish.
Where did I get all those corks? Believe it or not, I hate wine. So we had to get them from eBay. Do you drink a lot of wine, work at a restaurant or somehow have access to lots of corks? Sell them. Really. There's a little market for wine corks out there.
Of course, you could call local wineries or brewing suppliers and inquire about availability.
So do you have your corks? Good.