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.
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.
While the stain was soaking into the wood on the washboard, I had some work to do on the mousetraps.
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.
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.
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.
This is how it looks from the back.
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.
Here is where I have it set up in the kitchen. It fits perfectly under my other full size washboard!
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!