Having a dinner party? Stop placing steaming pots on old oven mitts… use these stylish wood trivets instead! The neon rope adds contemporary flair, giving your table a modern feel. And they’re easy to make – it won’t take more than an hour to make one, and the materials list is short. Now, onto the tutorial.
Here’s what you’ll need for a wood trivet:
- (9) 8″ long 1/2″ thick balsa wood dowels
- 2mm neon craft cord
- Drill and 1/8″ drill bit
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Tapestry needle (not pictured)
How to make a wood trivet:
Begin by marking where you will drill your holes. Make a pencil mark 1″ from the end. Then measure 2″ from that mark. Measure 2″ from that one and mark it. And then do this once more. You should end up with 1″ remaining to the right of your last mark, as shown above. Do this with the other eight pieces of balsa wood.
Now begin to drill holes on each of the marks you’ve made. Drill all 4 holes on each piece of wood. You may need to sand down the holes with fine grit sandpaper.
Next, cut 4 pieces of neon craft cord. Each piece should be 24″ long. Thread one piece through your tapestry needle, and bring it through the hole on the end of your first piece of wood.
Tie a double knot on the short end, and then on the other side of the hole too (as shown above). Be sure to double knot each one or else it may slip through the hole. Do this with the other three holes on this piece of wood.
Now thread the cord through the tapestry needle and put it through the end hole on the next piece of wood. Thread the other three pieces of cord through that same piece of wood also. Push the wood down so it’s flush with the knots and tie more knots on the other side of the wood.
Continue in this manner until you’ve used up all nine pieces of wood. Once you’re finished, trim the ends of the cord. And you’re done! That’s all there is to it. Now go make dinner so you can use your new creation!
These wooden trivets are great because they are completely customizable – use different cord colors, or make them larger.
You could even paint or stain the wood before you drill the holes. Just be sure to use a paint that will stand up to the heat of a steaming hot dish.