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Try This: Kitchen Trivets

Don't cry over broke crockery.
By Susan Wasinger
September/October 2004
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In Old Germanic tradition, broken pottery is thought to bring good luck. And so it can—if you can find a way to recycle it back onto the center table. Made from broken plates, vases, and teapots, this practical trivet can’t help but coordinate perfectly with your tableware. It’s an easy, fun, absolutely kid-friendly project that can take a little of the sting out of those kitchen crashes.


a metal cookie-tin lid to act as base
a paper bag
a hammer
about 1 cup plaster of paris
a sponge
rubber gloves

1. You’ll want pottery pieces that are 1 or 2 inches in size. If yours are too big, place them in the paper bag and hit it sharply with a hammer.

2. Fill the tin lid 3/4 full with the wet plaster, then set the pieces into the surface.

3. Let the plaster set up for a few minutes, then smooth the plaster in the crevices and clean off the pottery faces with the wet sponge.

4. Let dry for several hours.

5. If there’s a thin film of plaster on the pottery surfaces, carefully wipe it away with a clean cloth.

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