Ali Manno is helping to protect our tables from hot dishes with a fun DIY that has a Scandinavian feel.


  • Triangular wooden stock
  • Felt
  • Rotary cutter
  • E6000
  • Popsicle sticks
  • X-Acto knife and metal ruler or Miter box and handsaw
  • 320 grit sandpaper


  • Velcro tabs


1. Cut your triangular stock down to size. If you are using an X-Acto knife and metal ruler, take your time and score your cut as many times as you need to avoid splintering.

PRO TIP: The average pot trivet is 6”-8” ours are 6” x 7 ½”, the smaller ones are 5” x 5”. The roll up version must only have four pieces of stock to roll up properly.

2. Lay sandpaper flat surface on a table and slide the cut edges across gently to smooth any splintering from cutting.

PRO TIP: The factory cuts may not be perfect either, sand down the side edges as well if necessary.

3. Apply E6000 in a zigzag to a piece of the triangular stock and smooth with a popsicle stick until the back is completely covered in a thin layer of E6000.

4. Adhere the stock to the felt. Press until it feels stuck.

5. Repeat steps 3-4 for as many consecutive pieces of triangular stock you want to use. Make sure the cut edges of the wood line up straight.

PRO TIP: If you are making the roll up version, leave a space in between each piece of stock that measures the same as the thickness of the material.

6. After the glue as dried, use a rotary cutter to trim the felt to the edge of the wood on each side.

PRO TIP: E6000 is fully dry after 24 hours, but you can work with items a few hours after.

7. If you have made the smaller trivet with only four pieces, it’s time to add the velcro closure tabs! Cut two small rectangles of felt double the length of your tabs. Glue a velcro tab to one end of each rectangle.

PRO TIP: The velcro tab sets come with a soft and prickly tab for each set, make sure you use one of each for each closure.

8. Glue the end of the rectangle without the Velcro to the felt on the back side of the trivet in the center on each side.

9. Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours and enjoy!

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