I had the world’s best dining table. It cost me less than 10% of the designer price but looked (and functioned!) almost identical. Unfortunately, being too cheap/ broke to buy a trivet, 1 particularly hot stew later, there was a nice round hole in its surface and there went my designer dining room!(I had used marble contact paper over a wooden table)



It looked like this pre- burn!


After that, the top of my DIY list was, obviously, another marble tabletop and a trivet!


Having gone through a particularly intense Deliveroo phase, I’d managed to accumulate 10 pairs of wooden chopsticks 😛 And had left them in the cupboard because it seemed too wasteful to ditch them. I’m sure I’d have a use for them. Someday. Well, Someday has finally arrived 😛


This is the world’s easiest working trivet! I’d previously tried other versions of DIY trivets such as tying up round pale wooden beads into a circle- won’t say which blog I got this idea from as that would be too unpolitical!- and the result looked great. It just didn’t work great. The beads kept sliding everywhere! Not the safest option with hot soups and stews!


Having tested my DIY trivet, I’m happy to report that it really does work and can also do double function as a jewellery holder/ earring stand! There’s only 1 step involved really and all you need is:

  • glue
  • wooden chopsticks
  • maybe some scrap paper to protect your floor/ table when glueing?


Step 1

Lay out the wooden chopsticks parallel to each other and evenly spaced. It depends on how sturdy you want your trivet to be (more chopsticks = sturdier) but I find 4-7 works very well.


Now dab glue on each of the chopsticks in a straight line across them. This is to stick on the wooden chopstick to form the top layer. Lay 1 wooden chopstick on the row of glue.


Repeat 4-6 more times. Leave to dry!





Have you done any DIYs using wooden chopsticks? Would love to hear about your ideas!!

Written by Zen


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