While we were browsing, we picked up a set of cork trivets (3 for $1.99). We cook SO much in our home that we're always scrambling for some place to set down the latest steaming hot pot or pan. I don't like paying a lot of money for anything, so I thought they were a steal. Plus, I knew they'd provide a blog opportunity. Cork is so easy to paint! I've been painting cork since I was a teenager (for my 'inspiration board') and it works really well. Plus, if you haven't got an Ikea near you, you can do this with any cork from a craft store (or an old cork board). Most stores sell corks in little squares or by the roll. You can leave them as a square or cut them into any shape you like. The easiest thing to do is trace a salad plate on to the cork and then cut it with an Xacto knife.
For mine, I used a combination of free hand and stencils to paint. You can create your own stencils so easily with card stock. Just trace whatever shape you'd like on to your card stock, cut it out, lay it down and go! Or you can buy stencils at the store. To make the border, I traced a circle out on to a piece of card stock using a CD. It was the perfect size!
For the scalloped edge, I used the CD edge and moved it along the border until the entire circle was covered.
Another idea is to use sharpies to trace everything on to your cork and then paint it in. This will give you lovely clean lines. I'd like to do another with a sharpie lined flower in black and then fill it in with pink.
So go ahead and make some new trivets! The best part? If you mess up, just flip it over and do the other side! Note: they seem very shiny in these pictures and that's because the paint hasn't dried. The cork will soak it up and they'll be matte in the end. Remember to coat the cork evenly, though. No globs!
There's no reason for this to end with trivets, either, you can do coasters as well! Plus, painting cork in general is awesome. I love cork boards. Magnets and dry erase don't speak to me. Maybe some day I'll do a blog about my inspiration (cork) board!
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