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Twig Coasters

These coasters look like rafts afloat a tabletop.




  • 22 small, straight twigs
  • Waxed twine


  1. Step 1

    For each coaster, trim 22 small, straight twigs to a length of 5 inches.

  2. Step 2

    Double a length of twine, loop center an inch from the end of first twig, and tie once.

  3. Step 3

    Tie twine around remaining twigs, one by one. Tie knot at end; cut twine close to knot. Repeat on other side.

Martha Stewart Living, October 1998



Reviews (14)

  • uhhmeilyah 21 Sep, 2012


  • fortuna1948 23 Sep, 2010

    Making these out of cinnamon sticks smells great!!!

  • Ringmama 23 Sep, 2010

    Back in the summer my grandson did the twig trivets. they were awesome and he put the person's favorite color of felt on the bottom. here's the website

  • Jebdesigns 23 Sep, 2010

    I have seen them made using cane and leather strips making them large enough to use under plants. Have not yet tried them but saw a set in a boutique magazine for $60.

  • kparise 20 Oct, 2008

    we'll this keep my table's free from the dreaded condensation from the glass?

  • barbiann 12 Oct, 2008

    Well I hope commenter #3 does not put a candle on it, because it could catch fire, cause her guests to catch quite a buzz!

  • CaliDog 12 Oct, 2008

    Erlinda, Central Park? Really? I'm so jealous! I love Manhattan.

  • Erlinda 11 Oct, 2008

    I'll go twig-picking in Central Park!

  • Pamasaurus 11 Oct, 2008

    ...and I wil. use branches from my Cannabis Sativa plant!

  • DeliatheCrone 11 Oct, 2008

    This would also be a great idea for someone who likes sushi, and Oriental decor at the table. Very easy to make and quite lovely as well.

  • photophil 11 Oct, 2008

    I will use my red twig dogwood for this. Thanks

  • NorbieK 11 Oct, 2008

    Great idea Limoncello - a felt underside would be ideal in making sure it doesn't scratch your precious table or bar. My peninsula is top with Corian which happens to scratch easily.

  • Limoncello 11 Oct, 2008

    I think gluing felt or the plastic preglued bumpers on the underside at each corner would be good, so it won't scratch the surface of the table or slide around

  • scarlette 11 Oct, 2008

    this is a great gift idea for table hot coasters for someone whose taste you don't know.