This was a perfect thing to make for Earth Day, plus it’s keeping my promise to myself that I would make something with every single thing I brought home from mother-in-law’s house. What to do with a clothesline that was never used? Don’t get rid of it and push Mother Earth to the end of her rope! Reel it back in and make something!
This is a solid braid, cotton clothesline that is 3/6” in diameter and 50 feet in length. I used about 45 feet of the line to make this trivet, which measures 10” in diameter, not including the trim.
This is really just coiling the clothesline tightly and using hot glue. Working from the “back” side on a flat surface, add hot glue in small sections and press the clothesline tightly against the center. Keep coiling and gluing.
Coiling and gluing. You can definitely see some glue, though this is the underside.
Though I tried to keep it as flat as possible, it did pucker up a bit. I’m okay with that, because I’m sure once I put something heavy on it, it will flatten out.
I decided to do a free form edge; using one continuous piece of clothesline, I made loops about 1 ½” across, glued it to the edge and kept looping and gluing until I reached the first loop.
I like the way this looks natural, though decided to put a little color on it. Plus, the color will cover any glue!
Using Martha Stewart Satin Paint in Pool and a foam pouncer, I put the foam in the paint and got most of it off on a paper towel. I just pounced around the trivet to have a combination of natural and blue. The last thing I’ll do is spray this with a few coats of outdoor Krylon clear spray, which will help to keep it clean.
The next time you might be ready to toss something, think about how you can recycle, reuse or make something from it! You just might be surprised at what you come up with! All the little things we do to reuse, recycle and upcycle can add up in a big way to caring for this Earth we all share.
Happy Earth Day and thanks so much for visiting!
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