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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


Tip: Slip a dowel or tapered chopstick through each bead hole for a handsfree, even paint application. Rest the dowel across a jar to dry.


  • Craft paint and paintbrush (Multisurface paint, in "Wild Salmon" and "Gray Wolf," by Martha Stewart Crafts, $2.50 for 2 oz.,
  • Leather cord, about 2 feet long


  1. Paint all but largest beads (since direct heat may wear away the color on them); let dry, 1 hour.
  2. String beads onto cord, alternating between large and small sizes. Adjust trivet size by adding or removing beads.
  3. Tie cord ends together tightly so beads form a ring; trim excess twine, or tie into a loop for easy hanging.

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