DIY Wooden Beads Trivet
Transform inexpensive wooden beads into a trivet lovely enough to hang on a kitchen wall as decor. Simply paint the beads, then thread a cord through them to create a functional accessory that will protect any surface.
Photography: Aaron Dyer
Source: Martha Stewart
IntroductionTip: Slip a dowel or tapered chopstick through each bead hole for a handsfree, even paint application. Rest the dowel across a jar to dry.
Paint all but largest beads (since direct heat may wear away the color on them); let dry, 1 hour.
String beads onto cord, alternating between large and small sizes. Adjust trivet size by adding or removing beads.
Tie cord ends together tightly so beads form a ring; trim excess twine, or tie into a loop for easy hanging.