Making a Trivet

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Approximate Time: 1 Hour


  • 20 gauge wire
  • 28 large wooden beads
  • 21 medium wooden beads


My trivet measured 4 inches X 4-1/2 inches. You can buy the large assorted packs of beads for approximately $10, and there will be enough to make a trivet.

  1. Lay out the beads into a pattern that you like and then measure the wire accordingly. You will be going back through the rows, so you will need a lot of wire. (I used approximately 80 inches of wire.)
  2. Find center, then thread the first and second rows of the trivet onto your wire, then you will go back through the second row and continue doing this with your rows until you have finished your trivet.
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  4. At the end you will need to go back through your previous row (or two) to hide the ends of your wire.

By CDC from FL

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Mix kids and mud and you have a kid having fun. With just a little structure they can make a trivet for a gift in no time.

Approximate Time: 3 hours



Note: If you choose shank buttons make sure they are no taller than the top of the craft sticks or cut the shank off with nippers.

  1. Glue two of your sticks to opposite sides on the top of your block; before they dry measure and trim two more sticks to fit inside the opposite two sides and glue them in place as in the photo.
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  3. Repeat putting the two full sticks on the side with the two trimmed sticks this time.
  4. Glue the four wood plugs in four corners on the bottom side. Let the glue dry then paint all, but the inside of the top, as shown in the first photo.
  5. When the paint is dry mix up your mud or use grout or plaster of Paris. If you use flour and water, mix it until it is just past being sticky. You want it thick, but not sticky.
  6. It helped me to trace the block on paper then I laid out my buttons in a pattern that I liked before I started so I had an idea where to place the main buttons. Then I started with the larger ones and the word buttons followed by the smaller ones to fill in where I needed. Make sure everything is level with the top of the top row of the sticks. After all the buttons were placed I filled in with seed beads pushing them into the wet cement.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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September 10, 2009

Trivet made with recycled sealer rings and yarn. Thread needle with yarn and wind it around six of the sealer rings, completely covering each ring. Tuck ends back through yarn and cut.

Sealer Ring Trivet

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March 13, 2007

I am looking for ideas for a trivet. We are having a summer camp and want to use stamps. I was thinking of something like a tile.

Kerry from Winnebago, MN


By busdrivr (Guest Post)
March 15, 20070 found this helpful

You can glue 4 of them together to make a large trivet or just use 1 and put decals on them or stamp on them.Another really cute idea we did in our first grade class was to take 1 tile,put your design on it,and on the back take half of a wooden clothespin,the piece with the spring attached, and glue sideways across the bottom to make a stand.Then take another whole clothespin and glue in the middle straight up to hold a recipe or note cards.Makes a beautiful craft project!!!!!

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By jean (Guest Post)
March 15, 20070 found this helpful

You could use felt. cut 2 of the same shape, glue together with Elmer's glue, and decorate with stamped on designs. Both sides could be the same color, or 2 different ones.These could be cut out with craft scissors that make fancy edges, and fabric markers/sharpies,fabric paint could be used to decorate them.


These could also be sewn together with batting between the layers, then decorated.

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By jean (Guest Post)
March 15, 20070 found this helpful

You could use felt to make a hot pad/trivet.
Cut 2 pieces and glue together. You could use the same color, or 2 different ones, and cut them out with the craft scissors which make fancy edges. These could be decorated using stamps, fabric paint, markers, sharpies. They also could be sewn together. Felt is frequently available in the sale fabric section of JoAnn's Fabrics, and Elmer"s glue will hold felt together. Could be done fairly inexpensively.

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March 16, 20070 found this helpful

If you have funds, you can buy discontinued ceramic tile from stores like home depot or lowesor local flooring stores at low prices. Stamp your design on with acrylic for glass, let dry and then add marbles at each corner for feet and you have a trivet/hot plate. Great gift for Mother's day, too!

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June 26, 2010

My son is getting married soon and I wanted to decorate a tile to use as a hot plate and also some for coasters. What would you suggest for decorating both and sealing them so the paint/decoration is not damaged? Can you put stickers as a decoration on them then put something on top to seal and bake them? Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you.


By Lil from FL


June 28, 20100 found this helpful

I believe they make paint markers that would work. Try asking a near by crafts type store or search the web online on Michael's Crafts Store. I think your answer will be determined by whether or not the tile you have is already sealed.

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June 30, 20100 found this helpful

Hello Lil, I did a tile trivet using a black 'n white picture printed on regular paper, from my personal photos. I tore the picture a bit larger than the tile. I carefully burned the edges for effect. Then using Hodge Podge I painted some on back of the pic. Using a boning tool, I smoothed out air bubbles. When dried, I put a coat of Hodge Podge on the top of the pic. You may want to use something more durable if using a lot. I then used a dry paper towel wadded up and blotted the wet surface. This gave it a cloth like texture. You can use cork board for back to prevent marring surfaces. I used a 4 x 6 white tile. Hope this is of help to you. Peace<3

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January 21, 2016

Old greeting cards can be used in many crafts. Use a favorite one to make a unique trivet. This is a page about making a greeting card trivet.

Finished tile trivet project (square format).

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October 7, 2016

This is a page about making a folded paper trivet. This recycled craft is fun and easy enough to have children help make some to give as gifts.

Folded Paper Trivet

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October 7, 2016

This is a page about making a chopstick trivet. When you have a collection of disposable chopsticks, you can reuse them to create an attractive trivet to protect your furniture.

Making a Chopstick Trivet

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October 7, 2016

This is a page about making a tongue depressor trivet. Get out your crafting drill and a supply of tongue depressors and make a decorative and useful trivet.

Making a Tongue Depressor Trivet

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July 18, 2016

Wine corks are perfect for keeping heat off furniture surfaces. This is a page about making a wine cork trivet or coaster.

Trivet (hot pad) made from wine corks inside metal hoop

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June 26, 2010

I would like instructions on making a ceramic tile hot pad or trivet. I made one in junior high school, but don't remember the exact instructions.


The one I want to make is with four 4 inch or 6 inch ceramic tiles on a board. It is put on your table to put hot dishes on. I don't know how to attach the tiles to the board with grout or glue? Can anyone help me?

By NanaMay from Mulhall, OK


Making a Ceramic Tile Trivet

You could just attach a thin sheet of cork cut to fit on the underside with glue or glue the sort of thick round felt or round cork pieces that are often used to keep the bottom of an item from causing scratches to table surfaces on the underside of all four corners.

In either case just make sure to wipe clean instead of immersing in water. (02/15/2010)

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