This unique trivet will remind Mom of your love every time she steps into the kitchen. You will need 12 clothespins (the hinged kind, not the old-fashioned kind cut from one piece of wood) for this project. Discard the metal hinges on each clothespin and glue each of the two remaining clothespin pieces together (the flat sides of the wood facing one another). Let these dry thoroughly.
To make the base, cut a round piece of heavy cardboard (two inches in diameter), then glue the assembled clothespins sticks around the circular base (equally spaced apart) to form a "starburst" trivet. (For a more permanent project, use carpenter's glue or a glue gun, but only with adult supervision.) Older children might like to stain, varnish, or paint the wood pieces before giving this gift to Mom (again, only with the supervision of an adult).