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Upcycling Wooden Clothespins - Trivets

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 8:05 PM


This past Sunday afternoon was my afternoon for entertaining some kids where I live. Usually I keep the kids busy with some recycling/upcycling craft and this afternoon would be no different - but what to do? A few days ago, a neighbour had handed me a bag of clothespins (she didn't know why she had so many) and had challenged me to recycle these in some creative way. So, of course, I, in turn, decided to challenge my little friends to come up with new ideas for using these clothespins. After a bit of discussion, we decided that trivets would be fun (and easy) to make (after I explained what trivets were!).


So having tossed the gauntlet (do you toss a gauntlet??), the kids took up the challenge.



In preparation for this challenge, I removed all the springs from the clothespins to prevent any fingers from being squished. Then I handed each kid a small paintbrush, a container of wood glue, and, of course, clothespins. Here's what we made:



Petie and Tim made the ones on the left and I made the one on the right (hey, couldn't let the kids have all the fun and I do need a trivet!).



Akim and Libby created these two which they named Sun and Star.



Not to be undone, little four-year old Jonah (with a little help) made this cutie he's calling Box. We didn't have time to decorate or paint the trivets but each kid took one to finish off at home. Mine is staying unadorned.


Later, I'll show you what you can do with the springs removed from the clothespins.


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