It’s so EASY to make DIY trivets with cork! This tutorial shows you how to make cork trivets in four easy steps – adapt it to any design you like.
Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll need to know how to use a craft knife and a hot glue gun. You’ll also need to be able to resize an image in a word processing program and print it, if you choose to use the one provided.
I love making crafts with cork, and it’s the perfect material for getting creative during the fall. Natural materials never seem to go out of style, and of course shades of orange and brown are always in for autumn.
I realized on a recent shopping trip to the craft store that not only do they have cork, but they have it in multiple shades. The various colors really thrilled me if I’m being honest. I felt inspired to layer the cork together and make a set of modern, leaf shaped cork trivets.
Making Trivets from Cork
This tutorial is amazingly simple – you can make cork trivets in four easy steps. The only thing you have to decide is the shape you want (I provide a free template if you want to try leaves) and the size you want. So you know what you’ll be doing the steps for these DIY trivets are as follows:
- Download the image, resize (optional), and print two copies
- Cut the template out of the bottom layer of cork
- Cut the template out of the top layer of cork
- Hot glue the two layers together
Seems reasonable, right? I promise you that you can do it. Before we jump into the tutorial, there’s a concern that always comes up when readers find out that these are made of cork. Here’s the question I always get:
Are Cork Trivets Heat Resistant?
It’s a valid concern that if you are going to be making these cork trivets, you want to make sure they are going to withstand high temperatures from dishes or other items that you might be putting on them. Cork doesn’t start to burn until 392ºF.
Cork has natural properties that make it fire resistant, plus it doesn’t release toxic gases when it burns (not that you are going to burn it, but just in case). That makes these cork trivets quite perfect for hot items.
For hot mugs and tea kettles – water boils at 212ºF. Once your water boils, and you remove the tea kettle, it starts cooling down immediately. You are absolutely fine to use these trivets with mugs or tea kettles just off of the burner.
For dishes out of the oven – I mentioned that cork doesn’t start to burn until 392ºF. Once you bring a dish out of a hot oven, it starts to cool immediately. If the dish was in an extremely hot oven (450ºF or above), I’d leave it on top of the range for a few minutes before placing it on your DIY trivets. That’s just me being extra cautious!
Now that I’ve told you more than you probably want to know about cork, are you ready to get the tutorial? Keep reading.
DIY Trivets in Four Steps
- Printer and paper
- Leaf Image Template (download)
- Cork tiles – dark brown, 12” x 12”
- Cork tiles – light brown, at least 6” x 6”
- Craft knife and mat
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Download the leaf image (download) and insert into a word processing program.
Enlarge to approximately 5” wide and then print. Enlarge that same image again to approximately 6.5” wide and print a second time. This will provide your two templates for the layered cork trivet. Of course you can print it to the size of your choice, which is why I’ve offered it as a freebie!
Trim the excess paper from the outside of your larger leaf, but leave a white edge around the design for now.
Tape the LARGER leaf shape(s) down to the darker, larger piece of cork using your tape.
Trim all the way around the edge of the larger leaf template using a craft knife (on top of the mat). As you trim away the white part of the paper, you will also be cutting through the cork. Now onto the smaller piece.
For the smaller leaf print out, cut it into two pieces so that you fit it on the smaller, lighter cork sheet. Tape the pieces to the cork and cut out each portion of the leaf individually using the craft knife.
Unlike the larger piece where you only cut around the outer edge of the leaf, you will need to cut out each of the pieces along each of the lines. You do not need the stem (just cut that portion off).
Organize these smaller cork pieces on top of the darker piece of cork, making sure they are in the right position to glue. Your DIY trivets are almost done!
Hot glue each piece down – make sure to use quite a bit of glue to secure the pieces well. Let cool.
As I mentioned, these cork trivets are highly heat resistant. But if you bring items straight out of a hot oven (450 or above), let the items cool for several minutes before placing them on the leaf trivets – these are perfect for decorating a tabletop during a dinner party!
If you make these DIY trivets, I’d love to hear in the comments.
And if you love working with cork, I’ve got some tips for you. Just click the image below to get them: