DIY Japanese Woven Trivet

20 Mar 2017

I have been admiring these simple woven trivets for a while and finally had some time to attempt to make them. The Japanese always seem to make simple things so beautiful and this trivet is no exception. I don't know that I realized it until just now, but I have always been drawn to their culture.

In fourth grade, we read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and I became somewhat obsessed with origami after this (I can still make a paper crane). I went through several origami instruction books that included the brightly colored selections of paper for the next few years.

Then around my junior year of high school, Arthur Golden's Memoir's of a Geisha came out and I was sucked int Chiyo's world. Uh yeah I grew up in a small town so it didn't take much to impress me and reading was my escape. It was perhaps a bit of a dark book for a 15 year old, so I kind of have to laugh. Nevertheless, it inspired further reading on geisha and a few art projects for school (my nerding goes deeeeeeep).

I have unfortunately only ever been to Japan's airport as John and I circled the globe on the flight back from our honeymoon in Thailand, but it is high up on my destination list. Anyhow, here is my hack of their simple, but lovely woven trivet, which they traditionally make from straw; I used standard jute string instead. Check out more below!

DIY Japanese-inspired woven trivet


  • glue gun
  • 7" embroidery hoop (or your size of choice)
  • 8 ply jute string/twine


Heat up your glue gun and take the inner wooden ring out of the embroidery hoop (the one without any metal).

Cut a string of jute about 350" long (this length is for a 7 inch hoop) and then fold in half (you will be weaving with a doubled string).

Put a dot of hot glue on the hoop and then make a loop and pull the string through to knot the string to the hoop (see below).

Be sure to wipe off any excess glue.

Take the string behind the hoop, bring it forward and over the hoop and thread through the loop.

Repeat this step all around the entire hoop until covered, then knot and tuck extra strings and secure then with glue gun.

You can also finish with a simple loop for hanging.

Tip: Keep everything pretty tight and close to the previous loop. It also looks nicer if the strings do not get twisted.




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