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Reinvent Some Old Cork Trivets for Camping

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Posted on May 30, 2021 by Wendy Boulay
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Camping season is finally here, and with its arrival, brings fun times around the fire pit and of course, those delicious camping meals! But did you know that you can actually use heat transfer vinyl on cork? This project reinvents some plain old cork trivets into a camping-themed functional accessory for the picnic table!

Supplies Needed

  • 3 Cork trivets (I used round ones)
  • Heat-transfer vinyl 
  • Digital products: Camping Quotes SVG Bundle
  • Weeding tools
  • Measuring Tape
  • Teflon sheet or parchment paper
  • Mod Podge (optional)
  • Cricut EasyPress 2 (or other)
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 (or another cutting machine)

Let’s Get To It!

Prepare Your Workspace

Whenever you start a crafting project, I strongly feel that it’s important to create an organized workspace. This not only encourages efficiency but also helps to reduce the chances of making avoidable mistakes.

Go ahead and grab your trivets, tools, and HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and set up your Cricut machines. Give your trivets a quick wipe down if they need it, then set them aside.

Cricut Design Space

Now that you’re all set up, let’s begin the project! Make your way over to Creative Fabrica and download the Camping Quotes SVG Bundle. I find the quotes in this bundle absolutely perfect for fitting onto round trivets, plus, the simplicity of the designs makes for some quick and easy weeding – and I am all about easy weeds!

After extracting the file, have a look at all of the quotes and choose the ones that you’d like to use. I have three trivets, so I chose the “Eat, Sleep, Camp, Repeat”, “Take Me To The Mountains”, and “Explore The World” quotes. 

Once you have decided which quotes you want to use, open Cricut Design Space and start a new project. Upload your quotes and just move them over to the side for now; you’ll first need to create your trivet templates.

From the shapes library, insert a circle or whichever shape best resembles your cork trivets shapes – this will become your trivet template. Take out your measuring tape and measure your trivet, then just make your template that same size so that you have a guide in which to know how big/small to make your vinyl. Duplicate the template for as many trivets as you have.

Once you have done that, move your quotes over and size them against the templates accordingly. I have 7” trivets, so I made my quotes all 5.094” in width. I rarely like to fill the entire blank, but if you like, you can add in a border or frame. 

  • Quote Adjustments: For two of the quotes, I ungrouped the design and deleted some of the cuts for two reasons: 1. Because of the tiny details, I felt that the Cricut would struggle to get clean cuts on my smaller trivets, and 2. My goal was to make this a quick and easy project, so eliminating the small details greatly reduced my weeding time! 
  • I also noticed that some of the texts were not welded – so just check this before sending to cut.

That’s it! This project is really that simple! Now just delete the templates and organize your quotes so that you don’t waste too much vinyl during the cut, then attach.

Send it to cut as per usual, but don’t forget to MIRROR – nobody likes throwing perfectly good vinyl in the garbage! Weed, then set aside to prepare your blanks.

Pressing

At this point, with your quotes weeded and ready for transfer, go ahead and heat up your EasyPress 2. Because you are pressing onto cork, the temperature will be the same as a cotton t-shirt, but the time will be only 15 seconds.

  • Pressing Note: If you have a larger EasyPress 2 it can cover more than one trivet – but I recommend pressing each one at a time to ensure even pressure.

If your cork trivets are quite used like mine are, just choose the cleanest, less-used side of it. Line up your transfer on the cork trivet as you had it planned on your digital template, and once you are comfortable with the alignment, cover it with either a Teflon sheet or a piece of parchment paper, and then press. Repeat for as many trivets as you are making.

Sealing and Finish

After all of the HTV has been pressed, you now have the option to seal it. You can do this using some good ol’ Mod Podge – most all of the standard formulas should work. Simply brush it over the trivet and allow it to fully dry. Depending on the formula you are using, it may leave behind a slightly sticky finish, so to correct this you can spray an acrylic sealer. This is absolutely optional of course, but I prefer to seal it using the dishwasher formula to make it more durable against hot plates. Of course, the drawback to using this formula is the curing time – 28 days. 

Voila! You can now pack up your cork trivets with your kitchen gear and use them on your next camping trip. Fair warning though, you may get some requests to make some for your camping friends!

Happy Camping – and bon appetite! 🏕

Keep on Crafting!💖


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