DIY Expandable Dowel Trivet

expandable diy trivet

I dont’ know about you, but I’m seriously gearing up for all the warm, cozy meals that come with the lower fall temps.  Chili, braised squash, roasted chickens… you name it, they’re on my fall meal plan (yes, I meal plan).  Trivets are one of those strange things that you don’t know you don’t have until you need one NOW!  Last year during our friendsgiving feast, I started to realize that I had no real trivets and once all my potholders were used up, I had nothing to use to pull the bird out of the oven.  Sob story aside, today’s DIY is not only super functional, but its beautiful too!  Look at that wood!  That rope!  Those dipped edges! And today, I’m sharing the easy step by step plan to make your own expandable dowel trivet.  

So many trivets are teeny tiny and with my mammoth sized crockery, I needed something that could not only expand to be larger, but could also withstand the head and weight of the enameled cast iron cookware I use.




So, not only does this DIY enable expansion, but it also has a functional rope loop.  I hang mine from a command hook stuck to the inside of my cupboard door.


The DIY and materials are easy enough as well!


*you’ll also need a saw to cut the wood dowels


Using a saw, cut the dowels into 9″ lengths.  Two 48″ long dowels will yield 10 pieces, but I only used 9 in my finished trivet. Then sand the edges of the dowels to smooth out any rough areas from the saw.



Next, mark your dowels at 1″ from either end for your drill holes.  Then drill through the dowel at the mark. Using a table-mouted vise helps a lot and makes drilling go quick.



Then, tape off both ends of your dowels about 1″ from the drilled hole.  Paint the ends in any color you’d like using acrylic craft paint.


step 7

Tape the end of your rope with duct tape to help you string the rope through the holes in the dowels.  Go through in one direction, then loop back and go through the holes on the other side of the dowels in the other direction.  Once you get back to the top, pull enough extra rope through and knot it.

step 8





While I was doing this project, I was doing it a little more for function, but once it was done, I was pretty blown away by how beautiful it was as well!  This little trivet surely is the definitely of form and function.

Although this project is small, it does use some tools!!  If you’re new to using power tools, this would be a wonderful project to start on! Just go for it, and have fun.  At the end of the day, it’s just a trivet, so you can learn without the stress of messing anything up.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, friend!

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