|Oh, we have a helluva lot more than this.|
How about a wine cork diorama? It's a shame that teachers and administrators would probably frown upon the use of corks in a school project, as I'm sure we could build a model of the Titanic out of them. And since it'd be made out of corks, it would probably stay afloat a whole lot better than the real one! But sending your kid to school with a cork model of a doomed ship is like calling CPS on yourself.
One thing we like to do is commemorate certain events by writing on the cork. My favorite is a cork marked "Jamie!" to honor the birth of our younger son. Yes, my husband sneaked a bottle of wine into the hospital. (Applewood Winery's Cabernet Franc--a little above the $10 mark, but totally worth it, and besides, I'd just had a baby, for Pete's sake!) It's a very special cork, and it's around here somewhere.
Marking the cork doesn't require major life event, either. It can be an anniversary, a fun dinner with friends, or just "Tuesday." Our friends marked a cork to celebrate getting their buddy drunk after he was laid off from work. Cheers, you poor bastard!
Those same friends later had a tree fall on their house, which punched a hole in their roof. We sent them a bottle of wine to cheer them up. I'm pretty sure they saved the cork.