There are many fun and different ways to make these table protectors. This guide is about making a trivet.
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Approximate Time: 3 hours
First of all you will need to mark and drill the holes in your tongue depressors. I used a 3/32 drill bit and made sure all the holes were nice and neat, without any jagged edges. This is a time consuming process, but I found it just works best to line up all the sticks in a row and drill one stick at a time. I used an old phone book to drill on, and it worked great.
By CDC from FL
Approximate Time: 1 Hour
By CDC from FL
Approximate Time: 2 hours
Start by carefully tearing or cutting colorful pages out of the magazines. I tried to find at least two of a similar color as you can see in the one photo.
My finished trivet is 4 1/2 inches across and I used 23 pages.
Line your pages up in whatever order you want. The paper needs to have the slick finish magazine pages have in order to slide open to the shape of the bowl. You will fold each page the same way, but the first page you will go one step further.
Fold each page in half lengthwise, unfold and fold each long edge to the center crease, fold the folded long edge to the center again and then once more until the fold is about 1/2 inch wide. Repeat with the other side. You will do this with each of your pages.
For your first page only take one of the folded pages and fold it in half lengthwise, put stick glue on one half and tightly roll it from the folded edge. Remember to keep it as tight as you possibly can. When you are to the end wrap it securely with tape. Refer to photo.
Now take your second folded page and tape one end of it to the center coil. (second page) Keep taping pages together end to end until you have used all of them. Starting with your center coil tightly wrap your folded pages around the center. I found it easier as the coil got bigger to keep it on the table and slightly tug on the portion left to wrap. When you get to the end, securely tape the end to the last wrap on your coil. If it isn't good and tight unwrap it and start over it has to be really tight.
If you are going to leave it as a trivet spread your glue over the entire bottom and let it dry. You could glue felt to the bottom for extra support if you wish.
If you want it to be a bowl permanently, after you have carefully opened the bowl, spread glue over the entire outside making sure to cover all of the edges.
Another idea is to use mostly white pages, and spray paint the coil, then pull the bowl out for a completely different look. Just have fun with it, OK?
By Ann from Loup City, NE
Mix kids and mud and you have a kid having fun. With just a little structure they can make a trivet for a gift in no time.
Approximate Time: 3 hours
Note: If you choose shank buttons make sure they are no taller than the top of the craft sticks or cut the shank off with nippers.
By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
Trivet made with recycled sealer rings and yarn.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
By Alma from Winnipeg MB
Go to Home Depot or Lowe's ceramic tile department. Choose a tile that is one color, but has a design in it. Take 6 corks, cut them in half as evenly as possible. Glue them to the underside of the tile.
Turn over and paint the tile, following the design, using ceramic tile paint, available at Michael's. Let dry and you have a trivet for the table. Fun for all ages!
By Marthann from Natick, MA
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Here are questions related to Making a Trivet.
What do you put on the corks so when you put a hot dish on there it doesn't melt the corks?
By Joan D
By Dinah Ackerson 03/21/2015
Nothing, the corks are not damaged by the heat from pots, etc. This is why cork trivets are popular.
I am looking for ideas for a trivet. We are having a summer camp and want to use stamps. I was thinking of something like a tile.
Kerry from Winnebago, MN
By jean hugus 03/16/2007
If you have funds, you can buy discontinued ceramic tile from stores like home depot or lowesor local flooring stores at low prices. Stamp your design on with acrylic for glass, let dry and then add marbles at each corner for feet and you have a trivet/hot plate. Great gift for Mother's day, too!
My son is getting married soon and I wanted to decorate a tile to use as a hot plate and also some for coasters. What would you suggest for decorating both and sealing them so the paint/decoration is not damaged? Can you put stickers as a decoration on them then put something on top to seal and bake them? Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.
By Lil from FL
Hello Lil, I did a tile trivet using a black 'n white picture printed on regular paper, from my personal photos. I tore the picture a bit larger than the tile. I carefully burned the edges for effect. Then using Hodge Podge I painted some on back of the pic. Using a boning tool, I smoothed out air bubbles. When dried, I put a coat of Hodge Podge on the top of the pic. You may want to use something more durable if using a lot. I then used a dry paper towel wadded up and blotted the wet surface. This gave it a cloth like texture. You can use cork board for back to prevent marring surfaces. I used a 4 x 6 white tile. Hope this is of help to you. Peace<3
Do wine corks need to be boiled to remove the smell before using them? I am hoping to make a couple of trivets. Thanks.
By Anna from Honor, MI
By jean leiner 10/20/2009
I have made a wreath and a Christmas tree from wine corks, and all I did to prepare them was to wash/soak them in hot water and dish detergent, then rinse well, and let air dry for a couple of days. You do have to weight them down to keep them under water to soak them. I used a bowl and a plate as the weight. This did not remove wine stains, but they add character to me.
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By Julianna from Princeton, NJ
I would like instructions on making a ceramic tile hot pad or trivet. I made one in junior high school, but don't remember the exact instructions.
The one I want to make is with four 4 inch or 6 inch ceramic tiles on a board. It is put on your table to put hot dishes on. I don't know how to attach the tiles to the board with grout or glue? Can anyone help me?
By NanaMay from Mulhall, OK