How to Make a Straw Trivet Wreath
I’ve been collecting these straw trivets for some time now, probably a few years actually, just waiting to have enough so I could create a fun trivet wreath with them.
They’re so pretty and colorful, and there are so many different variations with the color combos.
I remember my mother using these years ago, and she has a few that she still uses.
I’ve been finding them at thrift stores for anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar each.
I have a few that I use myself, but the rest will be put to good use in this diy wreath.
To help me create my trivet wreath I’m using one of my favorite things, jute twine.
And a homemade round wooden frame that I found at a garage sale years ago for a dollar.
There were four of these babies and I bought all of them because I’d never seen anything like them before, and probably never will again.
And the hassle of trying to cut these out myself was more than worth the four dollars I paid.
The seller had used them as Christmas light holders, but I think they could be used in so many ways and today one of them is becoming a straw trivet wreath.
You can use any type of a wreath frame or form as long as it’s flat.
Covering the wreath frame with jute twine
To start I wrapped the wooden form with the jute twine, gluing at the start and at the end.
This is so the form would blend better with the trivets so that it’s not so noticeable.
I kept the twine continuously one piece by feeding the whole thing through the frame, and around and around and around.
You can just see the metal hanger that’s on the back of the frame peeking out.
Now I’m not going to lie, this took a while. lol.
I wrapped the jute twine very tightly together so there wouldn’t be any gaps.
Not sure how many times I went around but I got good at it, doing 10 loops at a time and then tightening those… and then doing that again until I was all the way around.
Attaching bottom layer of trivet wreath
To attach my trivets I used invisible nylon thread, which I fed through spaces in the trivets with a needle.
I did this to both sides of each trivet.
You can feed the thread through by hand, but the needle makes it so much easier.
Then I tied the nylon thread at the back of the frame and hot glued it in place so the thread wouldn’t loosen on me later.
If you have no qualms about hot gluing the trivets you can do that.
It would definitely be easier, but I didn’t want any glue on these trivets.
I might want to take this apart one day and use them in another way, or sell them.
I used less colorful trivets for the bottom layer.
Attaching top layer of trivet wreath
Here’s a close up look a the nylon thread after I’ve pulled it through the front of the trivet that I’m using at the top of my wreath.
I did this on both sides of the center medallion area for all the trivets on the top layer.
The thread is on either side of a join so when I pull the thread from the other side it holds the trivet in place.
I just pulled very lightly so the thread disappears and is solidly in place, and I tie it around the back just like I showed above.
DIY Repurposed Vintage Straw Trivet Wreath
I didn’t tie the thread super tight because I didn’t want it to cause any damage.
Here’s the one I used in the close up photos above. I love its funky shape and the pattern is so pretty.
Now that it’s all done I’m not really sure that I needed to wrap the wooden frame with the jute twine, but I’m happy I did anyway.
Just in case it does peek through here and there, and it did make it look a lot nicer.
For the top layer you want to use trivets that are stiff.
They can better span the space between the trivets below without caving into it when you tie them in place.
I think the colors give it a definite fall vibe, which I love because it’s my favorite season.
The trivets are just a teeny bit loose so they might be a little bit wonky, but that’s just fine.
Now I’d love to find a round mirror just the right size to hang on the wall behind the wreath. I think that would be a lot of fun. It could take a while, but I love the challenge of hunting for something.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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