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Twig Trivet

Bring a bit of nature to the table with a trivet made of twigs.

Created By: Helen Norman




  • 1/4-inch-thick twigs
  • Floral sheers
  • Waxed twine
  • Felt
  • Glue


  1. Step 1

     Using floral shears, cut 16 pieces (each 6 1/2 inches long) from 1/4-inch-thick twigs collected from your yard or bought at a floral-supply store.  

  2. Step 2

    Cut 2 lengths of waxed twine (each 18 inches long). Fold 1 length of twine in half, and place 1 twig inside loop, about 3/4 inch from end of twig. 

  3. Step 3

    Wrap twine around twig, and make a double knot. Repeat with other length of twine at opposite end of twig.

  4. Step 4

    Place another twig next to first; wrap and double-knot twine at both ends. Repeat with remaining twigs.

  5. Step 5

    For final twig, double-knot underneath, and trim twine. The finished trivet will be about 6 inches wide. Glue felt to bottom of trivet to protect tabletops.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2009



Reviews (10)

  • noga 15 Mar, 2009

    great idea i love it

  • pattydcake 13 Mar, 2009

    What about soaking whichever twigs you do use in cinnamon oil?? Or just spraying them with cinnamon scent, maybe? I had also thought of the cinnamon sticks, but didn't think about them breaking-glad I read all the comments!
    If it works, I guess you could use any scent you wanted.

  • Tamara9 13 Mar, 2009

    If green wood is used for this project, I wonder if the twigs will shrink; causing the knots to slip. Every spring I prune my dwarf apple trees. I like to save the long straight new growth branches. I make a year round centerpiece with the twigs and add seasonal items. The ones from last year will be great for this project, since the twigs are dried.

  • Pamasaurus 13 Mar, 2009

    Cinnamon sticks would crumble, not thought through that one. If you have a friend who has cancer, as many of us do, ask if you can have the twigs from their medical marijuana plants. Make them the trivet gift and see a new person blossom.

  • klumsden1221 13 Mar, 2009

    Try looking in the "ethnic" sections of your local chain grocery store. In many of my area stores (I live in WA state), there are Mexican food sections that have spices packaged in bags, including cinnamon sticks that are about 7-8" long. The only thing is, I'm not sure how you could cut them to size w/o shattering them. If you figure it out, let us know. I guess you could just make the squares larger to avoid cutting the sticks.

  • sissor 13 Mar, 2009

    where dose it saycinnamon sticks.

  • KrafteeLaydee 13 Mar, 2009

    M-m-m-m ... that's a great concept but I've only been able to find 3-4" cinnamon sticks. I guess it could work for a small warm teapot.

  • teachernanburger 13 Mar, 2009

    Sorry, bummer, not bumer!!!!

  • teachernanburger 13 Mar, 2009

    Cinnamon sticks would smell good, but they're pretty fragile and to have the trivet crack apart after all that work would be a real bumer.

  • CraftyLadyTOO 13 Mar, 2009

    I would think that cinnamon sticks would work well for this; plus, it would smell good when you placed a hot pot on it.