This week I made a trivet from wine corks. It's a quick and easy project to make, once you have enough wine corks, or you can buy them online or from a home brewing store.
The most basic version just requires a large hose clamp and a screwdriver. You can scale down the design with smaller clamps to make a set of coasters, too!
Step 1: Prep
Arrange the corks and tighten the screw until it holds everything in place. I used a craft knife to cut down a few corks that were longer than the rest. To add a personal touch, I cleaned and spray painted the hose clamp before tightening it around the corks.
Step 2: Glue
If you want your trivet to last more than a few uses, or stand up to transportation and storage, you'll want to glue the corks together. I like to use E6000 because of it's working time, or how long you have to adjust the pieces before it starts to set up. It dries clear and flexible in 24 hours.
Step 3: Trim
I used some (embarrassingly dull) sheet metal snips to trim off the end of the hose clamp. I filed/sanded the sharp end of the cut metal to smooth the sharp edge. A coarse nail file will work in the absence of files/sandpaper!
Step 4: Enjoy!
After the glue dries, the trivet is ready for use! Use it to protect your surfaces from hot pots and kettles, or just as a base for a table centerpiece. Post your version in the comments below! Thanks for reading my Instructable.