Tree Crafts for Kids

Terrific Twig Trivet
A twig trivet is a unique gift that you can make yourself.
A twig trivet is a unique gift that you can make yourself.
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If you want to make a special gift, a terrific twig trivet is a great choice. It's a functional gift -- it helps to protect the table from hot pans or dishes -- and it will be especially appreciated because you made it yourself.

You'll need an adult's help to use the pruning shears or craft knife, but the rest of the project is easily accomplished by most kids. Get started by gathering a lot of sticks and twigs.

What You'll Need:

  • Lots of sticks, about 1/4 inch in diameter
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Natural jute, 4-ply, #72 (optional)
  • Pruning shears or sharp craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Waxed paper
  • Craft stick
  • Tacky glue

Step 1: Ask an adult to help you use pruning shears (or a sharp craft knife) to cut the sticks into three-inch lengths. Use sticks that are as straight as possible. You will need about 25 to 30 pieces.

You'll need lots of twigs and a pair of pruning shears.
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Step 2: Measure and cut a piece of cardboard into a 6-inch square.

Cut a piece of cardboard into a 6-inch square
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Step 3: Place the cardboard square onto waxed paper. Scoop glue from bottle with the craft stick and spread glue in a thick layer over entire cardboard surface.

Step 4: Lay the sticks in a parquet pattern (see photograph, below). Place the sticks as close to each other as possible. Let glue dry completely.

Lay the sticks in a parquet pattern.
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Step 5: Squeeze a thick line of glue around the outside edge of the trivet. Starting in the center of a side, place the jute in the glue and press firmly to the edge of the trivet.

Glue the jute around the edges.
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When you reach the beginning of the jute, overlap the ends slightly. Let the glue dry.

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