DIY: Wooden-Bead Trivet for Thanksgiving

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

‘Tis the season for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home or are headed somewhere else, these wooden-bead trivets are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. With all of the piping-hot dishes headed to the dining table, chances are you’ll be searching for something to set them on. These simple trivets are easy and inexpensive to make and look great display on the tabletop. Make several ahead of time or set up an activity table to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the meal to be served. You can also create an extra set and package them up as the perfect hostess gift!

Homemade gift idea for DIY wood bead trivets.Wood Bead Trivet DIY

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How to make trivets for your Thanksgiving table.

• 1-inch wooden beads from your local craft store
• Leather ribbon, paper cording, ribbon, twine, or anything else that is sturdy and you can string the beads on
• Scissors
• Spray paint (optional if you’d like to create different colors for the trivets)

How to make DIY wooden bead trivets for your Thanksgiving meal.


1. Spray paint the wooden beads if you’d like them to be different colors. Each trivet will contain about 12 beads or more, depending on the size of the dishes that will be placed on top. Let the painted beads dry completely.

2. String approximately 12 beads on a piece of leather or rope.

3. Double knot the cording to close up the beaded circle. Trim the ends.

4. Use your finished trivets to protect your dinner table during Thanksgiving and beyond.

Easy wooden bead trivet DIY for Thanksgiving entertainingI kept one trivet bare and painted the others metallic gold and copper; all of the colors would nicely complement any Thanksgiving table decor. 

These trivets are the perfect balance between form and function. For about $12, you can make 5 or 6 trivets that would be easy to store or be repurposed into other craft projects.

More Thanksgiving Ideas: 
• DIY: Mini Honeycomb Paper Turkeys
• DIY: Simple Thanksgiving Place Settings
• DIY: Thanksgiving Pie Topper

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