I came across directions on how to make a cork pirate ship and figured I'd try it out -- because I wanted to play with it!
Full disclosure: this is actually meant as table decor for a dinner party but that just sounds silly. I think of this as more of a bauble. Maybe not a kids' toy since it involves straight pins and likely has some wine residue left, but it'd be a good toy for me!
This project turned out the best of all of my DIY attempts. All I had to do was cut off a small portion of the cork lengthwise to create a flat bottom, fold some paper, pin it and glue it a little. It's now a tchotchke on my desk.
Another one to try: the wine cork man is cute but he's not a good replacement for a date.