Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Tabletop Trivets

Beauty and function come together in these simple and rustic trivets made from wood cross-sections.
Rustic Trivet for the Thanksgiving Table

Rustic Trivet for the Thanksgiving Table

Even the trivets are pretty on this year's Thanksgiving table.

Even the trivets are pretty on this year's Thanksgiving table.

Sometimes, trivets can really be the downers of a beautiful Thanksgiving table. In our house, we tend to use assorted pot holders and mismatching trivets from the kitchen drawer to protect the tabletop from damage by the hot dishes. Suddenly, our lovely tablescape goes from fab to drearily functional in a heartbeat. This year, I wanted things to be different. So, I came up with this easy way to make decorative trivets that add to the table design instead of detracting from it. 

In decorating this table, I kept it simple. I topped a glass cake plate with a quick and easy grapevine pumpkin. Then I placed assorted gourds around the bottom. I added white miniature pumpkins to dessert cups and wrote each guests' name on pieces of scrap booking paper and tucked them into the dessert cups. Then I placed the tree trivets on the tabletop. I topped them with more gourds until they were ready for use. Decorating does not have to be stressful or complicated. Sometimes less is more!

These tree slices can come from your own backyard. You can cut them to your desired shape and width. Just take care to make sure that they are bug free. If you don't have any trees available, you can find the supplies for this craft in the woodworking aisle at your local craft store.

Supplies:

  • Tree slices
  • Crafting paper/Newspaper
  • Four wooden disks per trivet
  • Butcher Block Sealant
  • Foam brush
  • Wood glue

Now take a peek at the gallery below to see how simple it is to make these trivets for your next get together.

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Rustic Trivet for the Thanksgiving Table

Bring beauty and functionality to the holiday table with this handcrafted trivet.

Gather Your Supplies

You will need: A Slice of Wood/Crafting paper/Wood Glue/Foam Brush/Four wooden disks/Butcher Block sealant

Add the Protective Feet

Spread out crafting paper on your work surface. Add a small dollop of wood glue to the wooden disks.

One in Each Corner

Glue a wooden foot into each corner and allow them to dry completely.

Seal It

With the foam brush, coat the entire wooden slice with the Butcher Block Sealant: front, back and feet.

Allow 72 Hours

Allow the trivet to dry in a well-ventilated area for 72 hours prior to the first use.

Trivet Care

To clean and care for the trivet, wipe with a clean damp cloth only.

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