DIY Trivet: Easy Handmade Gift Idea with Video

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Do you want to make a DIY Trivet? With just a few supplies you can make this trivet and guess what, it’s no sew! I’ll also have a few extra DIY trivets to show you in this post.

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Do you want to make a DIY Trivet? With just a few supplies you can make this trivet and guess what, it's no sew!

Do you need more trivets for the holidays?  I feel like I am always looking for trivets for hot dishes and thought I would try my hand at DIY trivets.  This has become one of my favorite projects and they make great gifts! 

This is a great DIY project that doesn’t take any special skills.   It’s the perfect personalized gift for the holidays. 

DIY Trivet Materials List:

  • 2 pieces of craft felt
  • Newspaper or old phone book paper
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Hot glue or sewing machine
  • Optional – pinking shears 

DIY Trivet Video

How do I make a trivet?

DIY Trivet Instructions:

Place several layers of newspaper or old phone book paper on top of your first piece of craft felt.  The paper is your heat protection padding.

**An alternative for this DIY trivet project would be to use an old T-shirt, old fabric, old towel, or rag cut to size for the inside so you can hand wash it.

Hot glue or sew the top piece of craft felt to the bottom piece of craft felt sealing in your newspaper/phone book paper.

Use scissors or pinking shears to cut the fabric of your choice to fit on top of your craft fabric.

Hot glue or sew your fabric onto your craft felt (the top of your trivet).

Optional – use your pinking shears to trim the edges of the felt.

Use it to place your hot pots, pans, or casserole dishes to keep your table safe.

Great project for kids to help make as well!  Happy crafting!!


DIY Trivet Video

DIY Trivet Q & A

What can I use if I don’t have a trivet?

If you don’t have a trivet, there are several household items and creative solutions you can use to protect your tabletop or countertops from heat or moisture. Here are some alternatives:

Jar Lids: Use the metal lids from glass jars as a makeshift trivet. They can handle heat quite well.

Cork or Coasters: Cork coasters can work as small trivets for individual dishes or mugs. They provide insulation and protection for your surfaces.

Wooden Cutting Board: A wooden cutting board can be used as wooden trivets in a pinch. Make sure it’s clean and dry before placing hot pots or pans on it.

Silicone Baking Mat: If you have a silicone baking mat, it can double as a heat-resistant surface for hot dishes and pans.

Oven Mitts or Pot Holders: Fold oven mitts or pot holders and place them under hot pots and pans to protect your tabletop.

Dish Towels: Fold a thick dish towel and use it as a heat buffer for hot dishes. Be cautious, as some dish towels are not as heat-resistant as others.

Metal Cooling Rack: If you have a metal cooling rack for baking, you can use it as a trivet.

Ceramic Tiles: Small ceramic tiles or coasters can be placed on your table to serve as tile trivets. Make sure they are clean and dry.

Paper Plates or Cardboard: In a pinch, you can use paper plates or cardboard as disposable trivets. These should be reserved for temporary use.

Potholders: Potholders made of fabric or silicone can be used as trivets to protect your surfaces from hot cookware.

Remember that the effectiveness of these alternatives may vary, so always exercise caution when placing hot items on them, especially on surfaces that can be easily damaged by heat. It’s best to use purpose-made trivets when available to ensure the safety of your table or countertops.

What can be used as a trivet?

If you don’t have a trivet, there are several household items that can serve as a makeshift solution. Consider using heat-resistant ceramic tiles, a metal cooling rack, a wooden cutting board, or even a thick book or cutting board. Just ensure that whatever you use can withstand high temperatures and provides a stable surface to protect your table. Remember, creativity and resourcefulness can turn ordinary items into functional trivets.

How do you use foil as a trivet?

Using foil as a trivet is a simple and convenient solution. Start by folding a long piece of aluminum foil into a thick strip, creating multiple layers for added heat protection. Place the foil strip on your table or countertop, and then set your hot pots, pans, or casserole dishes on top of it. The foil acts as a heat-resistant barrier, preventing direct contact between the hot cookware and your surface, and helps to distribute the heat evenly. Remember to choose a stable and heat-resistant surface for the foil trivet to sit on.


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More DIY Trivet Ideas

To care for your trivet – Mod Podge is water based which means it cannot be placed in the dishwasher or in soapy water to be cleaned. To clean it use a little soapy water and wipe the top clean trying to keep the bottom dry. If it gets a little wet, don’t worry that will be okay and it’ll dry fine.

Personalized Photo Trivet

You can make the simple project of a personalized photo trivet with a glass cutting board or trivet from the dollar store, a photo, and Mod Podge. You can find the photo tutorial at Easy Dollar Tree Personalized Cutting Board

Making a personalized cutting board is inexpensive and easy with just a few supplies from the dollar store!

DIY Wood Trivet

Grab a bamboo cutting board or trivet from the dollar store. Trace on a saying, recipe, picture, etc, and you can make a personalized DIY trivet. You can find the full tutorial at Easy Dollar Tree Personalized Cutting Board

Mix and match your clothespins for different coaster designs. I used about 6 clothes pins per coaster.

DIY Clothespin Trivets

You can leave your clothespins natural or dye them and make these fun coasters or trivets. Simply pull them apart and then glue them together in a variety of ways. You can find the full tutorial at How To Dye Clothespins Fast and Easy DIY

You can easily create a serving tray that doubles as a trivet. Here are some examples:

Do you want to make a DIY Trivet? With just a few supplies you can make this trivet and guess what, it's no sew!

Other ideas you can use for trivets include:

  • Hot pads can easily double as trivets.
  • You can take an old cabinet door and add some handles to create a trivet that can easily be picked up and moved around. These are great for transferring items to the dining room, coffee table, etc.
  • Grab a baking sheet and update it with some contact paper, use some wood glue to adhere some wooden beads to the bottom and you can make handmade trivets.
  • Grab some scrap wood, use some stain, add some handles and you have a trivet. You can give it a facelift by painting it or decorating it with a stencil.
  • Use an adhesive to glue small wood blocks from Dollar Tree together to make a trivet.

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  1. So cute & the possibilities for a seasonal or every day look are limitless!

    1. Thank you, and I love that you want to share the idea with your daughter.

  2. So easy and useful! Great craft tutorial. 🙂 #weekendbloghop

  3. This looks easy enough! Maybe I’ll finally buy a hot glue gun and try this useful project.

    1. Thank you, and if you do decide to buy one – you’ll find they are useful for so many things 🙂

  4. I love the idea of a homemade gift. They always mean so much. I have several favorites.

    1. Thank you and I agree, I love the homemade gifts. There is always a lot of love put into them.

    1. Thank you Elvira, and thanks for stopping by.

  5. This is clever, perfect for people who don’t like to sew.

    1. Thank you Julie, and I agree – not everyone has a sewing machine or knows how. Plus it gives kids an opportunity to make some thing like this as well.

  6. Great idea for the upcoming holidays when most people will have more dishes and pans to handle. These would make gifts too. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    1. Thank you Rhonda, so true about the holidays. Yes, they do make great gifts and you can personalize the colors for each person.

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