Just bought a new set of burner covers? Not sure what to do with the old ones? Here’s a thought: why not turn them into toys for a young child? Don’t have any burner covers? Go ahead and buy a set or two so you can make the fun toys. They’re not costly when you shop for them at a dollar-theme store but they can be used to make several different toys.
Make a tambourine by using two burner covers that are the same size. Since burner covers are generally sold with one large cover and three smaller ones you’ll have to have two sets to make a large tambourine. But, the small tambourine is just as much fun for kids. Place a handful of beans, rice, beads, bells or other noisemakers in one of the burner covers. Hammer two holes in the outside edge of the other burner cover to make a place for a handle. Slide the ends of a piece of twine or similar material into the holes. Tie a knot and tape the knots to the inside of the tambourine. You’ll find it easiest to create the holes if you lay the outside rim of the burner cover on a piece of wood then hammer the nail from the inside to the outside. The burner covers can be covered with adhesive paper, fabric or scrapbook paper to change the image to something more appropriate for kids.
Make a play clock for youngsters by starting with one large or one small burner cover. Cover it with contact paper then poke a hole in the center with a hammer and nail. Use stickers to make the numbers for the clock. Cut the hands from thick paper, thin cardboard or even craft foam. Secure them to the burner cover using a brad. Make a handle for the clock by hammering two holes in the area above the “12”. Slide the ends of a piece of roping or twine through the holes and tie knots in them to secure.
Make a magnetic picture set by cutting circles of magnetic sheeting, found at craft stores. Remove the adhesive strip from the magnet and position a picture cut from a calendar, children’s magazine or other source. Make different backgrounds then various accessories to go with each background. For example, cut a beach scene and put it on the magnet. This piece is then stuck to the burner cover. Now, cut images of a lighthouse, shells, people, a dog or other things, stick them to magnetic sheeting pieces, and kids can set up assorted scenes. Pieces the child isn’t using can easily be stuck to the backside of the burner cover for storage. Make a handle for the play set by following the instructions above for creating handles.
Kids toys aren’t cheap so it’s really nice when you can take things you would normally throw away and turn them into fun toys. Such is the case with old burner covers. The toys are easy to make and kids will play with them for hours!