I love using cork for projects…and I decided to try out my woodburning tool on a cork trivet set I purchased from IKEA. I always need a trivet for hot items, but hate how they always look mismtached or just not too pretty. This is a fun project to keep your table looking cute while the food is still cooking. I wanted these to actually be used as trivets, so I burnt the image instead of painting. I just wasn’t sure how paint would endure with lots of heat. I only did one side of mine, but I’ll probably go back and do unique designs on the back of each so I can use one at a time if needed.
My materials: trivets, woodburning tool, print out of my design
Step 1: Tape the design to the trivet
Step 2: Burn through the paper onto the cork
Step 3: Enjoy some ice cream cake
Step 4: You’ll see the faint burn marks from burning through the paper.
Step 5: Darken the outline of the design
Step 6: Darken the interior of the design using the flat end tool
Other uses for cork trivets can be mini corkboards to hang. I freehanded the design (inspired by a wallpaper that I can’t find now) on this one using the same steps as above (but freehanded instead of traced)