The Wooden Bead Trivet
A bit back, Hillary posted about these trivets she found and I flipped my lid when I saw them. They were so great and graphic and useful that I (a) wanted them but (b) figured I could make one for myself rather than stealing–which is no good. She was kind enough to post a picture on how they were constructed.
Eventually, I bought the supplies necessary (which are quite nominal) and made one for myself. And now I want to make more to give them away as gifts cause they aren’t super hard and would be good to do with smaller hands around and look so darn stunning on the table. I ordered the stuff from Casey’s Wood Products (thanks for the link Amanda!) and to make one trivet, I used:
So the whole project, if you make just one, will cost you about $4.60 plus shipping, hot diggity! Or just swing by your local arts supply store and get the loot. The only thing not included is the center piece which I made differently than the original with just 1″ wooden discs with some cardboard stacked in between so I could hot glue the two discs together from either side of the trivet. I was using what I had on hand which was the 1″ wooden discs that I painted red. You also need a drill and some string.
To make them, I drilled a small hole 1.25″ from one end of the sticks. I stacked up several at a time to save time when drilling. This hole will be used to string all the beads together, alternately with a craft stick. Knot to secure.
You need to drill a second hole about 3/8″ from the other end of the craft stick. This will be to thread the center string through to keep all the sticks tight. Knot to secure.
Here is how I finished off the center section, with a painted red 1″ wooden disc on either side of the trivet. On Hillary’s original one, they look like they used a short section of wooden dowel to plug up the center hole. Make one or several and give away! I think they’d be sweet wrapped under a loaf of homemade bread or a plate of holiday cookies. That’s the plan.