Wood & Felt Table Trivets

How to Make Wood and Felt Table Trivets
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Materials:
Round wood beads (various sizes)*
Round felted wool balls (3/4″ to 1″)**
Strong string (suede cording and linen twine are options)

Tools:
Sharp scissors
Large embroidery needle

*Source for round wood beads: http://www.craftparts.com/beads-spool…
**Source for felted wool balls: http://www.joann.com/feltworks-earth-…

Directions for wood trivets:
1. Select the round wood beads you’d like to use, either all one size or a variety of sizes.

2. Lace your string through the beads until you’re able to form a necklace-like circle large enough to be place securely under a serving dish — typically 5 to 8 inches in diameter.

3. Securely tie off your sting and trim the ends.

Directions for felted wool and wood trivets:
1. Select the felted wool balls you’d like to use. I interspersed ¾” size balls with ¼” round wood beads.

2. Thread strong twine through a large embroidery needle and pierce it through the center of the felted wool ball. The matted wool fibers may be hard to pierce — in which case press the top/eye of the needle against your work surface and gently but firmly press the wool ball down over the needle. Wiggle the needle gently until it is all the way through the felted wool ball.

3. Lace your twine through the felted wool balls and beads until you’re able to form a necklace-like circle large enough to be place securely under a serving dish — typically 5 to 8 inches in diameter.

4. Securely tie off your twine and trim the ends.

Helpful Tips:

  • This DIY project is really a simple lacing activity — involve the kids in your life in creating the round wood bead trivets! Because the felted wool ball trivets require a sharp needle — extra caution should be taken!
  • Get creative in your wood bead and felted wool ball combinations! Keep in mind, it’s wise to include ¾” to 1″ beads or balls in every trivet — this will protect your table top by keeping hot dishes at least ¾” to 1″ from its surface.
  • These simple and lovely necklace-like trivets are easy to hang and display on wall hooks when not in use.