Here is another nifty gift idea from Martha Stewart. Next time you’re in the park on a nice day, pick up some straight, strong twigs and take them home with you.Once you’ve got them home, saw them or cut them to the desired length (a trivet is generally between 6″ and 9″ square, but go with what you prefer.
Grab yourself some waxed thread, like sail thread or whipping twine. We had some old stuff lying around but you can pick it up from a marine supply store. Waxed string is handy for all sorts of things because once you tie a knot it won’t slip or loosen and will stay pretty much wherever you put it.
Take a length of the twine and fold it in half, slipping your first twig into the loop in the middle. Double-knot the twine and attach another stick. Knot again and so on.I reinforced mine by winding the twine around the twigs a few more times. Then knot the twine so that the knot will be on the bottom of the finished trivet.
Wrap and tie the twine on the other side as well.Cut a piece of felt or wool cloth to fit the trivet and glue it firmly to the bottom to protect whatever surface you put it on.Let the glue dry and then that’s it. You have it made!