Kitchen trivet from cork wine covers

Can we upcycle all these cork wine closures collected at few wine parties at home? What could be better than cork trivet? If you like cooking – you always need a good surface to place your hot pan when your meal is prepared.

Cork is perfect material for this purpose. It is natural and environmental friendly, it is nice on touch, warm autumn color, and the most important – it keeps the heat away from your precious table and cloth covers.

Easy, quick, and 100% free from resources which needs to be specially purchased. You will find all required parts in your kitchen or at the local bar. Of course you need to collect the wine closures first. If you don’t have a enough closures, you can ask at your local bar or restaurant to collect some for you. They will be glad to help with something normally thrown in the bin.

For size of the pad i went for a standard 22-25 cm square, which will satisfy around 99 % of your home cooking inventory bottoms.

Supplies:

Parts

1. Cork wine closures – 32 pieces ( 8 columns x 4 rows)

2. Bamboo grill sticks – 8 sticks

3. Thin metal wire or high temp resistant cord – 1.2 – 1.5 meters ( I used random network LAN cable wires )

32 cork closures
8 bamboo sticks

Tools

1. Аwl or small screwdriver – with more than 5cm needle

2. Cutter or sharp knife ( to sharpen mini 12 bamboo sticks )

3. Claws or pliers – If you are using a metal wire for the connections ( not needed if you are using cotton cord )

Screwdriver, Cardboard cutter, Wire claws and wires – 1.0m – 1.5m

Step 1: Attach Cork Wine Closures to Bamboo Sticks

First thing what you need to do after you collect all parts and required tools is to make holes through the long side of the wine closures.

With small screwdriver pierce the center of the circle of one of the sides.

Find the exact center of the cork circle

Slowly drill until screwdriver go out from the other center of the cork closure. After you have a perfect hole, put in and out few times the screwdriver in the hole from each side so the hole will become little bit wider, but in the same time not too much so the hole will be loose when you insert the bamboo stick in it.

When you have all 32 closures perforated, start putting them by 4 closures on each of the 8 bamboo sticks. Mind to leave small gap between each closure, so later you can make wire connection for attaching the bamboo sticks together.

Stick should go inside the cork closure, but not to be loose
Leave small gap before you tighten sticks with wire

Step 2: Connect Cork Sticks Next Each Other

With claws carefully break the part of the bamboo stick which stayed outside of the cork closure. These small leftovers can be used to make small sharpened mini sticks. They will help you to attach the top parts of every stick.

Broke carefully the end of the bamboo stick and use it to make small 2-
way sharp sticks
You will need to prepare 12 small mini sticks. Sharpen them from each end by cutter or sharp knife

Now it is time to connect the first two sticks with 4 closures each. For this purpose the best is to put 2 small bamboo sticks between the top 2 and 2 bottom closures of 2 sticks. Press hard so the stick will go in both closures and keep them attached.

Put the small sticks between the top and bottom closures when you
connect the bamboo sticks

Once you have both sticks next to each other it is time to use the wire and put inside the gaps of the cork closures.

Attach sticks with wire

Tighten well the wires so they will pull the bamboo stick closer, but not too much to bend or broke them. Cut the rest of the wire and push the wire bong inside.

To connect 2 sticks with cork closures you will need to wire bonds – between the first and between the last gaps of the sticks. For more details check the photos.

Tighten the wire so it will pull sticks together

Step 3: Build a square from 8 sticks with 4 closures each

Continue connecting the sticks together. If there are differences between the gaps where you install wires you can create your own by cutting new by knife. Just be careful not to cut the bamboo stick inside.

Tighten and cut the rest of the wire

At the end you should have something like square. The shape depends on the types of cork wine closures you find.

There are many ways to improve or make the build of the pad easier. Please, comment and share your opinion if you like the cork wine pad.

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