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I've been eating a lot of bagels lately and I've been alternating between burning my fingers to pull them out of the toaster (because I'm impatient and want to eat them nice and hot) or using chopsticks. I thought, "This is ridiculous." My mom had some pretty basic toaster tongs, so I figured I would just make some of the many jumbo craft sticks I have left over from my popsicle stick playing cards. These are easy to put together and work great.

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Step 1: Supplies

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  • Jumbo Craft Sticks or regular popsicle sticks - You'll need at least 4 but it is good to have extras in case of mistakes.
  • Wood Glue - I used Elmer's wood glue but these are just craft sticks so lots of glues should work. The better the glue, the better the hold.
  • good Scissors
  • Clamps - You don't need anything fancy, just to hold the sticks together while the glue is drying. Clothespins might work as well.
  • Wax Paper - I just like gluing on top of wax paper.
  • Wood Burner (optional)
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Another great yet simple idea ! You are a true inventor. Really.

My kids are allways complaining the toast is too hot. I'll put this instructable under their noses as a hint. Nobody will burn his/her fingers on a toast again in this house! :D

Thanks for a great idea!

Glad you like it and I hope your kids get the hint :)

Ha! Just the other day I was telling my kids I hate our toaster because it always burns my fingers... This will be the perfect project for them to rescue their father with. lol

Yeah, this is a fun and easy craft that's really helpful to have :)

I have had my "toaster tongs" for over 35 years now; albeit with slight variations. Tongue depressors were freely given by my family doctor. The separator was a cork! I still use it, from time to time when the bread being toasted does not pop up sufficiently to use my fingers.

It's nice to have a reliable toaster tongs in the kitchen :)

tony11 year ago

Good Job -- Great 'ible and very clear. We used these as a marketing item, keeps our name and number in front of clients. Call them "Toast Tongs". If you have access to wood workshop, you can make the spacer from scrap wood, router table to round the edge to match the curve of the sticks, then chop saw or band saw to cut to length. Glue up and go. BTW tongue depressors are far superior to craft stix for being straight and without warps.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  tony11 year ago

Nice idea! I like promotional things that are actually helpful, I think all my rubber jar opener thingies are from companies like that.

Scrap wood is a good material for sure. Paige did that and they looked great I also debated just cutting off the ends of the sticks and using them in between the two long ones, but just thought for this it would be an unnecessary waste sicne I wouldn't be using the rest of the stick. But, then it would all be rounded.

I did look at tongue depressors back when I did the popsicle stick playing cards, but I couldn't justify getting them since they were more expensive. They are definitely a good choice too :)

MarniDarr1 year ago

A-dor-a-ble! Definitely doing this!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  MarniDarr1 year ago

Yay! Thanks for checking it out :)

I love it for it is helpful!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Eagleman1171 year ago

Super helpful to have around :)

sheripres1 year ago

I love it! Super simple!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  sheripres1 year ago

Thanks :)

GTO3x21 year ago
Nice idea, but can't you just pull up on the lever? They pop up and you can just catch them. Nice idea for the temperature and electrical insulation.
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  GTO3x21 year ago

Yeah, for sure. This is pretty much all for temp for me, I hate burning my fingertips trying to pull things out and transfer them to plates quickly.

LOCODOR1 year ago

That's smart : )

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  LOCODOR1 year ago

Thanks :)

keets1 year ago

I love the simplicity!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  keets1 year ago

Me too! And so cheap and easy that if they break it's no big deal.

wold6301 year ago

The wood burning is such a cute touch!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  wold6301 year ago

Yeah! That was the most fun part of it :) I miss wood burning.

This is a great idea! Love it!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  FoxysMyGirl1 year ago


tinaciousz1 year ago

Clever and cute! These are pretty and look so easy to make.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  tinaciousz1 year ago

Thanks! They are and so handy to have :)