Hot stuff coming through! These blogger-made trivets will protect your tabletops from scratches and burns — and look good doing it. Pick a project, then get directions to make your own.
1. Felt Ball Trivets
Don't be intimidated by this trivet from crafter Lia Griffith. You do need a needle and heavy-duty thread to pull it off, but you definitely don't have to have real sewing skills. Lia provides a full play-by-play to guide your way.
Get the sewing directions: DIY Felt Ball Trivet at Lia Griffith
2. Pretty Painted Cutting Boards
This one, by Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, is simple because she makes clever use of a ready-made bamboo cutting board. She just uses a little bit of painter's tape and spray paint to pull off a complete makeover. Hint: The only major caveat here is that you need to choose heat-resistant spray paints, so your design will hold up to use. Luckily, you can find all sorts of colors at home-improvement stores.
Get painting: DIY Colorblock Trivets at Sugar & Cloth
3. Knotted Rope Trivets
Even if you don't know how to knit, you can still make this Scandinavian-like trivet from Anne at Flax & Twine without tying yourself up in knots. In fact, she says it can be made in less than a half-hour with just rope and tape, which prevents the edges from fraying.
See the steps: DIY Finger Knit Rope Trivet Tutorial at Flax & Twine
4. Burned Cork Trivets
Could we have a trivet story without featuring an old-fashioned cork option or two? Feast your eyes on these cute burned cork guys from Christine of Where the Smiles Have Been. She uses a pack of cork trivets from IKEA (just $4 for three!) and goes to town with a wood burner (her tutorial makes it sound completely doable, as long as you have the right tools). Copy the food-centric phrases, or opt for monograms or even simple geometric designs.
Read more: DIY Burned IKEA Cork Trivets at Where the Smiles Have Been
5. Fabric Covered Trivets
You can also just cover that inexpensive pack of IKEA cork trivets with patterned fabric. That's what Lynette of Cleverly Simple did, and if the name of her blog is any indicator, the project must be easy enough, right? All you have to do is take some fabric remnants and some iron-on adhesive, and turn on the heat.
See more pics: Fabric Covered Trivet at Cleverly Simple
Which one will you make?