Wood Dyed Trivet
Winter is cold, which means you do whatever it takes to warm up. For me, this is enjoying a cup of hot chocolate (maybe two if I am really cold!). There is really nothing better than snuggling under a blanket, drinking a cup of hot chocolate, and watching the snow slowly drift down from the sky.
To pay homage to my favorite winter pastime, I decided to make a dyed wooden bead trivet for my kettle. I dyed wooden beads and strung them on a leather cord. With a little twist of the strand, the beads fit nicely inside of one another forming a cute little trivet. This would make a great DIY gift for someone who loves kitchen gadgets!
Here's what you'll need:
- Rit Dye
- Wooden Beads (25mm)
- Leather Cord
- Metal Wire
- Artists Varnish Gloss (Polyurethane)
- Paint Brush
- Bowl (1 or 2 depending on size and one that you won't mind if it gets dyed!)
- Rubber Gloves
Let's get crafty!
Step 1: String your beads on your metal wire. Since I used two smaller bowls, I did two strands. Bend up both ends of your wire to prevent your beads from coming off.
Step 2: Pour a half cup of dye in each of your containers. After that, boil 4 cups of water.
Step 3: Put two cups of boiling water in each of your containers. I also added about a teaspoon of salt to each of my dye baths.
Step 4: Add your beads to your dye. I let one side dye for 15 minutes, then I put my gloves on and flipped my beads over for another 15 minutes.
Step 5: When your beads are finished, give them a quick rinse, then hang them up to dry. I hung mine outside.
Step 6: When your beads are dry, put your gloves back on and paint over all of your beads with your polyurethane. Let your beads dry.
Step 7: When your beads are dry, string them on your leather cord.
Step 8: With your strand doubled up, take six of your beads (3 on each side) and move them a little but away from your other beads. Them twist the cord in-between the two sections of beads and put your six beads inside of your other beads.
Step 9: With your beads still inside of your other beads, take the two ends of your leather cord, pinch them together and tie a knot. Then, trim your ends down. You are finished!