MOUSETRAP MESSAGE BOARD

MOUSETRAP MESSAGE BOARD

Sometimes I do some strange things.

When people look at mousetraps they automatically go “YUCK”! Most people would never attempt a craft project using mousetraps. But not I! I automatically think “Whoa that is too cool”. And that is exactly what I thought when I seen my next project on Pinterest.

This is a message board using an old washboard and mousetraps. I already had an old washboard I had picked up at a thrift store.

It was pretty worn and well used.  It is a small washboard and was most likely used to wash women’s small garments such as hankies and stockings.

 

MOUSETRAP MESSAGE BOARD

I did not like the color of the wood so I added some stain and this brought the wood back to life. The stain I used was Minwax Golden Pecan. In the past I used to stain everything with Golden Oak, but my taste has changed, now I go for Golden Pecan. I like that the Golden Pecan stain has a touch more red to the final color of the wood.

See the difference just a bit of stain made on the washboard in the photo below.

MESSAGE BOARD

While the stain was soaking into the wood on the washboard, I had some work to do on the mousetraps.

MOUSETRAP MESSAGE BOARD

As you can see I did not use any vintage or shall we say “used” mousetraps for this project. That would definitely be a yuck moment right there. See the copper thing that would normally hold the bait in the trap. Well that has to go. It is very easy to remove. Just grab a flat head screw driver and some pliers. With the screw driver, just pry up on the big staple and once it is loosened you can pull it out with the pliers.

MESSAGE BOARD

To adhere the mousetraps to the washboard I just used a couple big blobs of hot glue on each end of the mousetrap. Once they were all in place I drilled a hole and added a machine screw with a decorative washer on the front and added a nut to hold it in place onto the back.

MESSAGE BOARD

MESSAGE BOARD

To hang this I added a couple picture hanging eye hooks and threaded some wire through the loop, then twisted the wire at each end to secure it.

MESSAGE BOARD

This is how it looks from the back.

MESSAGE BOARD

Now with everything in place all I had to do was hang it up. Here is the final message board after I added a couple small coat hooks to the bottom and a few cup hooks to hold spare keys that I never put on my key chain but don’t want to lose. It has it’s own built in ledge to hold a pen and even a couple sticky note pads.

MOUSE TRAP MESSAGE BOARD

Here is where I have it set up in the kitchen. It fits perfectly under my other full size washboard!

MOUSE TRAP MESSAGE BOARD

This was a great project to do. So try not to overlook some of those strange items you see. You can use them in fun projects like you see here. Don’t get your mind trapped into something boring, think outside the trap!

 

 

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Welcome to my world! My name is Kat. I live in Medicine Hat. Thus the name, Kat From The Hat.

8 Comments

    • Nor will I Michele. Funny how you can walk by mouse traps in the hardware store and never even really see them till you start on a project like this or unless you have mice LOL!

    • LOL that’s OK Keemee! I do some pretty strange projects sometimes and not all of them appeal to everybody. The beauty of this one is instead of mousetraps you could use those wooden clothes pins and hang it in the laundry room for all those mates to the lost socks!

    • No worries there Jim my boys are all grown up! I noticed that when I need to put a note on it that I am not pulling it all the way open, so it doesn’t snap back with a high velocity action. Plus I imagine (or hope) that if someone made this it would be out of reach for tiny fingers to play with, but a good observation and Thanks!

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