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Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 | 0 comments

Making a Trivet from Upcycled Catalogs

Making a Trivet from Upcycled Catalogs

When the Christmas catalogs kept coming and coming in November and December, I thought there must be some way to upcycle them. And indeed there was. I decided to copy the design for the junk mail trivet that came up in my Pinterest feed. I’m wild about handmade trivets after all, having already made one from corks. My friend Rachel, who made the felted juggling balls, was game to try this project with me. The design I used as inspiration is made by “artisans in Vietnam,” and after trying to figure out the technique, I am in total awe of their ability. This is no easy feat. But that shouldn’t stop you from doing it! I love the end result in spite of its, should we say, rustic quality. Here’s how I made one. If you try to do it and find some better techniques, let us know. 1. Open the catalogs and pull out the staples so you can use the longest width of the paper. You can use a...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2011 | 2 comments

Hot for Corks

Hot for Corks

These days when mercury rises (and stays) in the high 90s and you’re stuck inside, even if you’re not crafty, you could easily make one of these cool cork projects, as long as you have a supply of corks on hand – at least 30. If not, well, you know what to do. Enjoy a glass of wine (like these light summer whites). Or, post a request for corks on the Freecycle Network. If you only have a few corks, you could always make a coaster. I made this trivet last night in about 5 minutes. This may be the quickest and easiest DIY project ever. A cork trivet makes a great housewarming gift or last-minute holiday gift. Who couldn’t use another trivet? Here’s what you do: Buy one an adjustable metal clamp (about $4) from the hardware store. Assemble the corks making sure the heights are the same. Tighten the clamp with a screwdriver. Sand the edges. (Optional) Glue the corks. I plan to do that with a glue gun but...

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