Easy craft: Make some trivets from wooden clothespins (1972)

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Lickety-split Clothespin trivets

Several different trivet designs

Scoop up a couple dozen clothespins — the flat, springless, wooden ones — and you’ve got the raw material for a really original trivet. These airy designs, by Richard Martin, consist of cut-to-length pins that are interlocked or butted together, glued and varnished.

You can repeat a pattern to make a tray-size trivet (ours is mounted on hardboard), add a dash of color, or leave the wood au naturel.

In any case, Operation Clothespin Trivet needs only a trifle of your time and energy.

Make some trivets from wooden clothespins (1972)

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