ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOP
This was a fun and easy workshop that I did with adults, but it’s one that older children and teens would love as well! Inspiration came from this picture on Pinterest….
…I thought the trivets would be fun to make and would go well with our “Dig Into Reading” summer theme. (The trivets pictured above are available to purchase from Viva Terra.)
I wasn’t able to find any DIY instructions online, and so it took me a few tries before I figured out how I wanted to make them. I ended up settling on cork as my base material, which I then painted black. The stones are glued to the cork using E6000 (an epoxy glue.)
Step One: Gather Your Materials
- Cork board – You’ll want the thicker (~3/8 inch thick) cork board to be able to hold all of the rocks. Thin cork board or felt will make for wobbly trivets. I used 6 x 6 inch cork tiles.
- Black paint
- Foam brush or paint brush
- E6000 (or epoxy) glue
- River rocks – I had the most difficult time finding these! I originally purchased a bag at the dollar store, but they weren’t polished and shiny. I eventually found some at Target that I liked (they were sold as ‘vase filler’). I found that a 5 lb container made 8 trivets.
Step Two – Cut your cork board
I traced a circle onto my cork board and then cut it out with scissors. For the workshop, I had several circle templates cut from paper for everyone to trace.
I used a foam brush and painted a light coat of black paint on the top and sides only. You will not want to the paint the bottom because it will rub off on surfaces when used! The paint dries pretty quickly, but you can wave the cork board around or blow on it to get it to dry faster. 🙂 During the workshop, we took a short break to wash hands, eat some banana bread, and chat while the paint dried.
The paint really does make a difference. The first sample I made was on the plain cork board and it looked ‘blah.’
Step Four: Glue on the River Rocks
This is embarrassing to admit, but on my first attempt I glued the rocks on with hot glue. Well guess what happens when you use it as a trivet for something hot? …..yeah, the glue melts. E6000 glue works perfectly! And it is permanent once dry! It is quite smelly however. You just might want to take that into consideration and try to use it in a room with ventilation.
I suggest doing a “dry run” with the rocks before actually gluing them on. Get them set out how you want them and then glue each one on individually. Keep the height of the rocks in mind – you want your final product to be fairly level so that you can set something on it. It works well to have a piece of cardboard to set on top of your trivet to see if it’s level before permanently gluing the rocks down.
The glue will need a chance to dry and set, but once it’s dry you’ve got yourself a cool little trivet! I love how each one is unique!