After last weekend's Trouble with Trivets , I still had many corks left in my "Big Box o' Corks." I also had more space in my drawer where I keep my oven mitts, pot holders and trivets. Did you know that Corks + Space = More Trivets? I personally think this equation may be one of Pythagoras lost theorems.
This time construction went much quicker since there was no cork cutting since I wanted a trivet with more surface area. Why? While the trivet I made last week is fab looking and I love how it turned out, the reality is that it can't hold larger pots or pans. Square pans are a bit wobbly on it due to its rounded shape and what if I made a batch of brownies or a pan of enchiladas? I wasn't sure this small(ish) trivet would be able to handle them.
So my plan was to lay the corks on their sides in a basket weave pattern and hot glue them to the felt backer and to each other. I love it when a plan comes together.
The first trivet is 4 sets of corks wide by 4 sets of corks tall (approximately 7" x 7"). You will need 32 corks for this layout. This size is perfect for those 8x8/9x9 pans.
The second is 4 sets by 8 sets (approximately 7" x 14"). You will need 64 corks for this layout. This size is great for the 9x11/10x13 pans.
I realize that being able to make some trivets utilizing over 100 corks, and still having a bunch left over, makes it appear as if Hubs and I are hanging out in the evenings and on the weekends drinking our selves silly so I can get my craft on.
That isn't the the case. I have asked several of my family members to save me their corks, including my little brother who works with a caterer. Parties = lots of corks.
All done! Now all you need to do is make something so you can use them!
While I still have a bunch more corks in my Big Box O' Corks, it is going back in the basement since I am done with them for a while.
This was another no cost project since I had all the materials in my craft stash.
*Last week one of my commenters asked where they could get a bunch of corks if they weren't big drinkers. If you can, ask your friends and family (like I do). If that isn't an option, check out eBay, Etsy, your local Craigslist or even ask on your local Freecycle. You could also try to ask at a local bar/pub/restaurant that serves wine, seeing if you can you have/purchase any corks they may currently throw away.
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