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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Colorful Clothespin DIY Trivet

By: Allison from dreamalittlebigger.com
Colorful Clothespin DIY Trivet
Colorful Clothespin DIY Trivet
This image courtesy of dreamalittlebigger.com

Keep your tables and counters safe with this Colorful Clothespin DIY Trivet. This clothespin craft is a fun and amazingly cheap way to protect your table from hot skillets, pans, or tea kettles. Add a coat of paint to make this DIY trivet into a gorgeous kitchen accessory that you can show off to friends and relatives or bust out for that game day party. This project is so quick, effective, and astonishingly easy that you'll be thrilled to come back to it whenever you need to accessorize.  
 

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft

Easy

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Clothespins (roughly 24 per trivet)
  • Paint/stain
  • Super strong glue
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I happen to think that these clothespin trivets would make a really cool retro-style wall hanging for the kitchen! Don't you? I think they make clothespins in different sizes, too, so it would look awesome layered with smaller ones, painted in a different color. Maybe add some fun and weird trinkets with some super glue...

Do you hate to put those skillets or potts on the table because you do not want to burn them then why not make an inexpensive trivet out of clothes pins and heat resistant paint or dye. This is so super easy and very fast too. Clothes pins can be bought cheap at Wal-mart and you can make some xtras too. It would be nice to have more than on in different colors or make a decoration on it. A nice video and tutorial is just perfect for showing how to make it.

This is a very easy and functional kitchen craft. Just take apart 24 spring type clothespins and glue back together in a pleasing pattern. Instructions indicate staining the wooden pins may be better than painting them. Stains do come in a variety of colors too! This sturdy trivet will come in handy to protect counter or tabletops.

What a cute and adorable way to protect your furniture and customize your trivets. I love that they are such lively colors and that you can glue them in two different patterns to get a thicker or thinner trivet depending on what you want. I like what you did by making two of each kind. I think I would do that too, especially since you often need two for big pans.

These are just great. My friend has wooden trivets and they work the best, so this project not only would be fun to create but very practical,too! I love the bright colors too, an you could choose whatever colors work best for you or for the recipient if these are a gift! These would also,work nicely under a potted plant or a vase too! So,pretty and very creative and clever idea.... Thank you for sharing!

What a cute idea. I can always use a few extra trivets. And I know a few family members and friends who would like one too. It's so easy and inexpensive I can't believe I never thought of it myself. It's also a great project I can do with my grand daughter. They are the ones I like the best.

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