The Beautiful Wooden Trivet You Can DIY By Reusing Old Clothespins

Serving dishes in warm skillets can make family gatherings feel more special. However, putting those steaming pieces of cookware directly on your lovely dining surfaces is risky. For instance, placing a hot pan on your marble countertop can leave you with scratches or heat marks. And let's not forget, those hot pans aren't the most stable. They can slide around or spill. This makes trivets crucial. They do more than just support your cookware; they also add a touch of aesthetic appeal to your table spread, thanks to their diverse designs, patterns, and colors. 

If you've got a surplus of clothespins hanging around your home, why not give them new life by transforming them into a beautiful wooden trivet? It's a brilliant way to repurpose them into a functional piece that adds a charming, homemade touch to your dining setup. This is just one of the amazing ways you can use clothespins in your home.

How to make a trivet using clothespins

For this DIY trivet, you'll only need the wooden parts of the clothespins. Gently twist the sides in opposite directions to remove the spring connectors. Once you have all the wooden pieces, apply wood glue along the flat side of one piece and stick it to another, creating a cone shape. Repeat this with the rest and let them dry thoroughly. 

Lay out all the clothespins to create your desired design before gluing them to ensure everything fits perfectly. For a round trivet, arrange them with the thinner ends towards the center. After finalizing your layout, glue each piece together, doing it one at a time for better hold. Don't use hot glue, as it may melt under high temperatures. Don't finish your trivet with high-heat enamel spray paint or acrylic craft paint, as these can leave stains or marks on your pots.

To make your trivet more resistant to wear and tear, food particles, and liquids, apply cutting board oil with a paintbrush. Wipe off the excess oil and let it dry, repeating this process three times (for a total of three coats).