DIY Wooden Trivet Set

DIY trivets (click through for tutorial)If you're wondering what the heck a trivet is. Don't worry, I wasn't familiar with the term at first either. I knew about trivets. I just didn't know what they were called. While traveling last week, I bought a couple magazines to read on the plane. One was Bon Appetit. They had a two page spread showing a bunch of different kinds of trivets. Many of them were vintage or made of cool materials like marble or crystal. There was also a wooden one that caught my eye. Not only did I learn the proper name for these, I was also inspired to make my own.Make a modern trivet set (click through for tutorial)These are not exact copies of the ones I saw in Bon Appetit, but they're pretty close. You could stain the wood any tone that fits your table top aesthetic. Or you could choose to leave them raw, paint just the edges, use neon colored rope, etc. If you make a set, feel free to customize to your liking.How to make a trivet1.) Supplies: enough wood to make ten 8×1.5×0.75 wooden pieces (you can cut your own or have them cut at your local lumber yard), rope, 24 washers, wood stain, brush or clean rag, electric drill, 1/4 drill bit and tape (I used painters tape). 2.) If you are cutting your own wood, measure and cut the ten pieces you will need. You can make them slightly longer or shorter than 8 inches if you prefer (based on how big of pots you have). 3.) Sand the edges until they are smooth to the touch. 4.) Use a brush or clean rag to stain the wooden pieces. Wipe off excess. Allow to fully dry. 5.) Measure and mark 1 inch in from each side of the wood. Use your electric drill and drill bit to make holes where you marked. 6.) Add washers to each side of the holes and pull through the rope. I found that adding tape to the ends of the rope made this way easier. Also, I recommend stringing both ends of each piece of wood as you go (as opposed to stringing all one edge then doing the other). Tie knots in each end.DIY wooden trivet setThese could make a really fun holiday gift or hostess gift idea. Just a thought. Happy trivet making! xo. Emma

Credits// Author and Photos: Emma Chapman

  • Great idea girls! You inspired me to make these for a fall craft party.
    Thank you for your clear direction and sharing. My family and friends loved the project.

  • Didn´t know what´s a trivet either 😉 But it´s incredible how easily you turn a piece of wood into something special…

  • Lovely idea! I love working with wood. I usually sand the wood first, it absorbs the stain better. Another good idea is to apply wood finish- such as polyurethane- it protects the wood and makes it stay nice longer. 🙂
    Happy crafting everyone!

  • These are adorable! When I first saw the pic I thought you made them from a Jenga game ; )

  • I’m thinking I could cheat and use Jenga pieces. No cutting, just drill and tie! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • These are great! Definitely a DIY gift possibility…Thank you for sharing!


  • I like it !

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  • Nothing like a cute, fool-proof project that is handy to boot! These are great and definitely going on my list of holiday gifts to make this season!

  • These are lovely! I have now added them to my list of DIY & crafting challenges as something new to try this winter. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • This is so easy to do! Thank you for sharing it with us. I think I will try some to add to my christmas baskets of canned goods…

  • I’ve never thought of making these, I have some old one lying around that could use some sprucing up! Thank you for the DIY 🙂

  • i swear you guys post things that i would have never thought of, but then i’m like i need this!!!


  • so great! with the holiday season approaching i am loving all these DIY gift ideas!

  • So cute! Although I don’t think I could ever make them. I’m scared of anything involving drilling or sawing. I’m such a girl!

    xo Kat

  • I really like this! So fun- we have to use trivets now that we installed the concrete countertops we made (totally worth it, we LOVE them), but trivets are just lame boring ones from Ikea. Now I want to get fancy! 🙂

  • Very easy to do and even women can do it. It’s really cute idea. I might as well make a set of trivet for my kitchen.

  • These are so beautiful! I have got to make these for my dad!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • LOVE this idea – I will surely be using this tutorial come holiday time… Thanks!

  • These are so cool! I love the black and white colors – great hostess gift for sure.

  • Cool! What a neat idea to get super creative with designing. A trivet would make for a perfect hostess gift. Thanks for the DIY inspiration!

  • Well how cute is that?! Love the idea and it looks so simple to make!

  • These are really cute, and a great gift idea! When I’m home I definitely want to make these xo

  • These trivets are adorable. They would make great DIY Christmas gifts for my friends who like to cook. I could personalize them too. Thanks!

  • Now this is a DIY I can attempt. I love new kitchen items that add a bit of whimsy and color. Tons of design possibilities!

  • This seems easy enough! I’ll have to make my husband but the supplies for this! 🙂

  • such a great idea, thanks for sharing. I bet you they would definitely make cool gifts, loving it

  • That is great and looks easy. Before a time I bough it but is better to do it myslef. Great idea.

  • This is great! What a fun project! These could be personalized so easily! Love it.

  • These are a cool idea, love the black and white 🙂


  • Yeah, that definitely looks like the perfect gift for Christmas 🙂 pretty sure I’m going to make a few of these to give away to the ladies in my family. Thanks for the idea 🙂

    Xoxo Elisa

  • I LOOOOVE this idea. I host Thanksgiving and feel like I never have enough trivets. Also, I’m supposed to make at least one Christmas present this year…according to my mom. Trivets for all!

  • Can’t get enough of your DIY’s girls I just love when I see new posts on bloglovin from you, Always excited. Such a crafty souls you are.

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  • What a wonderful idea, I love your DIY’s!

  • Yeah seriously, so great ideas. You must brainstorm, a looot, right?

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  • I can’t get over how creative you ladies are! Where ever do you find all these great DIY ideas? I’m doing this one, but I think I’ll opt for bold colors for a bright and vibrant addition to my table.

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