Tongue Depressor Trivet

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Approximate Time: 3 hours

Supplies:

  • 53 - 10 mm brown wooden beads
  • 53 - 14 mm white wooden beads
  • 53 - tongue depressors (6 inches long)
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  • 2-1/2 yards of cord type elastic (there will be some left over)
  • drill
  • bead reamer (ice pick will do)
  • clear nail polish

Instructions:

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.

  1. Mark 1 inch from the ends of each stick, then make another mark 2-1/2 inches from the end, then at the opposite end of the stick, mark 1/2 inch from that end. (See pics for marked sticks.)
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  3. When you finish drilling all 53 sticks, the fun begins.
  4. Cut a length of elastic 36 inches and tie a slip knot at one end and make the other end 'pointed' by adding a small dab of clear nail polish to it and twist it to a point.
  5. Thread through the hole in the stick that is 1 inch from the end, then add a 10 mm bead, then go through another stick, add a bead, and keep going until you complete the outer row of your trivet, then tie a slip knot at the end of your elastic.
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  7. Do the same process with the second row, using the smaller 14mm beads, then tie a slip knot at the end of the elastic.
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  9. For the center of the trivet, run a length of elastic through all 53 holes, then tie off the ends with 3 knots, then put a small dab of clear nail polish on the knot to secure it well.
  10. Now for the other 2 rows, tie the ends of the elastic together with 3 knots, then add a small dab of nail polish, and last of all trim off the ends to make your trivet look nice and neat. (If you turn the trivet to the opposite side, you will not even be able to see the knots at all.)

By CDC from FL

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September 2, 20120 found this helpful
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I posted a pic of a pot on it and as you can see, the trivet is quite large.

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September 2, 20120 found this helpful
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One more pic.

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September 2, 20121 found this helpful

And one last pic.

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September 2, 20120 found this helpful

One more thing. If you need some tongue depressors, there's an online store (starts with A...ends with n) that has 500 for $8, and the wooden beads were from another big store and were $8, then the elastic cord I used had been some that was used to keep a pair of new shoes together, so that was free/recycled.

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September 4, 20120 found this helpful

We used wire instead of elastic in the one I made 55 years ago at 4-H camp. It served our family well for a long time and just wore out a few years ago. May make another one for the fun of it.

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September 4, 20120 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing more pictures, looks like a fun project.

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September 4, 20120 found this helpful

This is so awesome - I love it! Thanks for sharing :)

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September 4, 20120 found this helpful

Thank you everyone! Glad you like it. The trivet is a little over 13" across, to give you an idea of how large it really is.

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Wanted to add another row of smaller beads, closer to the middle, but didn't want to spend anymore $ on it. ;-)

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September 5, 20120 found this helpful

That is one of the coolest things I have ever seen! I am going to make one very soon. I wonder if you couldn't make one smaller for a coaster? Thanks so very much. Great idea and great pics!
PBP

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September 5, 20120 found this helpful

If you had sticks small enough, you could make coasters. :-)

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful

I see no reason popsicle sticks couldn't be used, you'd just have to tweek the instructions a little.

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September 11, 20120 found this helpful

Yep, you can use whatever size of sticks you have. :-)

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September 13, 20120 found this helpful

What a wonderful idea! I will have to make some of these. I think they would make wonderful gifts.

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July 27, 20160 found this helpful

Our first grade class made these in 1969. I still have mine and have used it as decor in my home.

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