You’re shopping at a discount department store when suddenly you see them: the cutest burner covers ever! Of course you grab them up; they’ll look great in your kitchen and keep those ugly burners covered when not in use. Plus, they’re such a bargain! Now that you’re home with them, and you’ve got them on the stove, what do you do with the old burner covers? Throw them away? That never entered your mind, did it? That’s because you probably already know that the old burner covers can easily be made into new things for your house.
Two or more burner covers can quickly become a stacked serving tray for a special occasion. Purchase a dowel rod that is an inch or two in diameter but not too long. Glue the dowel to the center of the largest burner cover. First, turn the cover so that it’s upside-down then glue the dowel in the middle. Now glue the next burner cover on top of the dowel, turning this burner cover upside-down as well. The two or three burner covers you use can be all the same size or different sizes. If you use different sizes place the largest on the bottom. The serving trays can be lined with napkins or even decorative paper when using on the table. Although the trays can’t be immersed in water you can use a damp cloth to wipe them clean.
With the same assembly as above you can use the stacked trays to make spice racks or organizers for your medications. You don’t necessarily have to stack the burner covers. Make an organizer you can carry by gluing a large-diameter dowel in the center of one burner cover. Glue a ball or other shape to the top of the dowel to create a handle. This arrangement is perfect for a small amount of spices or for bottled medications. Give the assembly a boost by gluing the burner cover to an upside-down cup. This makes a tray on a pedestal that’s useful and unique.
Make interchangeable wall hangings by starting with two or three of the same size burner covers. Cut pictures from magazines, calendars or other sources. Create a theme for each set of burner covers. If you’re using three burner covers, for example, cut three different pictures with similar themes. Mount them on magnetic sheeting found at any craft store. Cut them out to the size of the burner covers. For each theme, make three pictures, and remove and replace them any time you want. Make sets of three for holidays or for any day. Hang the new pictures vertically or horizontally. It only takes a few seconds to remove the old pictures and add new ones.
Make a cute nursery set by starting with a large burner cover and two small ones, or three of the same size. On one, glue a piece of baby-theme cloth or paper then glue on a framed picture of the baby. If you’re using a large and two small burner covers use the largest one for the picture. The frame should be slender and lightweight. On a second cover, glue the chosen fabric and mount a picture of the birth announcement. The third burner cover, after covered with the paper or fabric, can display a printed poem or even a baby novelty from a craft store. You’ll find plenty of plastic, wood and other materials, in shapes of baby carriages and more, at most any craft store.
Make a different arrangement for a baby’s room by using four of the same size burner covers. Attach a piece of baby-theme fabric or paper to each burner cover then glue on felt letters to spell “BABY”. Glue one felt letter onto each burner cover then align them on a wall. This craft can be done for a child’s room but it might require more than one set of burner covers to spell out the child’s name. You can even glue a piece of cloth onto one burner cover and glue on letters to spell “WELCOME”. This quick and easy craft creates a front door greeting for your guests in no time. Make it look even more prominent by gluing ruffled cloth or lace around the edges.
Make a fun tambourine for a little kid by using two small burner covers. Turn one cover upside-down on a table and add a handful of small beads, dry beans, rice or similar items. Place the other burner cover on top of that one so that the noisemakers are trapped between the two covers. Wrap a piece of clear tape around the burner covers to secure them for the moment. Cut two pieces of felt into rectangular strips then glue the ends together to make them into circles. Glue the circles to opposite sides of the burner covers. The handles can be strengthened by gluing a strip of cardboard to the underside of each one. Glue a long strip of felt around the edges, threading it between the two handles, and gluing it all the way around.
Old burner covers can be used to make new decor pieces, organizers, toys and much more. Set them under lamps, candles or collectibles to make them more noticeable. Use one on the bedroom dresser to hold cuff links, jewelry and change. Line them with gift wrap or foil to make serving trays you can pass around the room. Glue garland around one burner cover, set a candle in the middle, and you’ve got an instant centerpiece. With so many different crafts you can do you might be tempted to go out and buy even more burner covers just so you can craft with them! That’s okay; shop for them at dollar-theme stores and you won’t invest much at all!