Monday, January 3, 2011

A Tutorial for You...

So me and the hubs like to drink wine and with wine comes wine corks.  We have been saving our wine corks for a number of years now and have quite a collection...well we did have quite a collection until I found a neat idea and started using them up.

If you are like us, we have lots and lots of hot pads somewhere in the kitchen, but for some reason we either just can't find them or they aren't large enough for a pot or pan.  Then even with a hot pad, if it isn't quite thick enough, you can still run the risk of burning the counter or your table.

I have come to really like trivets!  They keep the pot up off the counter or table and come in many different sizes and shapes.  Well, in browsing the "net," I found a neat idea and decided to give it a try, so here you go, my very first tutorial.  I think I did a pretty good job!  I did take pictures of the process too!  :-)


Gather all of your supplies.
For the trivet pictured, I used 19 corks of the same length.
19 wooden beads that were 12 mm round.
Black 20 gauge wire.
Copper or silver 24 gauge wire.

I didn't get a picture of this next step...
Mark and hand drill or use a small drill bit with an electric drill
and put two holes in the cork (one near the top and one near the bottom).

String the corks and beads alternating onto the black wire.
Then finish off by twisting the wire ends around each other to complete the circle.

Now thread the copper/silver wire through the bottom holes to complete the inner part of the circle.
Again, complete the circle by twisting the wire ends to secure.

If you want to make smaller sized trivets, the following are the items you will need:
12 corks of similar length
24 wooden beads 10 mm round in size.

There you have it!  Pretty simple.  Now start saving your wine corks and you can have some trivets for your kitchen too.  I am also working on some other items made with wine corks, so hopefully I can showcase them as well.  We have a Vintner/Tuscan feel to our kitchen, so I am all about adding some uniqueness to it.


House Revivals said...

This is such a clever idea. Very unique, and looks very doable!

Brooke said...

what a great idea!! I love the cake you sent me as well :)

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Fun. I love fun ideas with wine corks. I dont know what took me so long, but I'm a new follower now :). Happy New year!

Kirsten said...

I've been using mine(that you graciously made us) more often than I thought I ever's so handy! Thank you!

Elizabeth said...

Not too sure what is going on with the photos. Looks like a couple of them are missing. Sorry all!
@ Kirsten - I am so glad you are using yours. We love using them, they don't tie up the use of our regular hot pads.