Valentine Twig Heart Trivet

Just before the holidays we made a bunch of twig ornaments for our family get together and they went over quite well.  Not that anyone in my family would dare tell me otherwise, wink, wink!! Anyways,  I really liked the rustic yet organized texture that comes about from lining up something as simple and abundant as fallen twigs. We gather them up all the time for kindling.  I salvaged  some out of our kindling pile to try my hand at making a heart-shaped twig trivet a la Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Twig Heart Trivet-StowandTellUHonestly, I wasn’t sure if it would end up looking like a heart, but in the end, a heart shaped trivet I had.

How to make a heart shaped twig trivet:

I had to change up the steps a little from the twig ornaments, but other than that, it is very similar .

Supplies

A small bundle of twigs with a diameter somewhere between a pencil and a sharpie marker

Pruning type garden shears

Corrugated cardboard pieces (used the side of a card board box)

Craft paint

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Scissors

Pencil

Piece of paper

kindling-twigsCollect a bundle of twigs.  Aim to choose twigs that are more straight than crooked.  Discard any that have fungi type spots.

Lay twigs on a cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 200 (f) for 45 minutes to de-bug any critters. You may need to break down the length on some of the twigs, so they fit on the cookie sheet.

DIY Valentine twig heart trivet-StowandTellU.comFold the piece of paper in half and draw half  of a heart shape.

Unfold and pencil draw in the other half of the heart.  This step in only to be sure that you like the heart shape.

If it’s a keeper, re-fold paper and cut out the half-heart, unfold and you have your full heart shape

cardboard heartsLay heart-shaped paper onto the piece of cardboard and trace with a pencil.

Cut out heart shape on cardboard.  Make at least one extra cardboard heart for your template.

painted cardboard heartsPaint both sides of cardboard heart with craft paint in the color of your choice

DIY Valentine twig heart trivet-StowandTellU.comBreak twigs so that they are slightly longer or bigger than the heart, and then lay them down on the template heart.  I choose a diagonal design.

Tip:  keep a trash can handy and rub off any bark that is flaking.  The missing bark will only add to the variegated texture of the final piece.

DIY Valentine twig heart trivet-StowandTellU.comUsing the glue gun, glue one twig at a time to the other cardboard heart.  Using the template will help guide you in the placement of the twigs.

Tip: apply a strip of hot glue, lay down the twig, and then run another strip of glue along the underside of the twig to make sure you didn’t miss any spots. Then go on to the next twig. Snug them up like sardines, as best you can.

Once all twigs are on the cardboard heart, and the glue feels like it has hardened and nothing is loose, flip the trivet to the backside and snip off the over hanging twigs with a pair of garden shears.

DIY Valentine twig heart trivet-StowandTellU.com

Valentine Twig Heart Trivet-StowandTellU

DIY Valentine twig heart trivet-StowandTellU.comI would not suggest using these twig trivets while cooking with hot pans right from the stove, but I think the Valentine heart twig trivet would be really pretty in a table setting when used for serving hot dishes, appetizers or tea.  See more Valentine’s Day ideas here. Thank you for stopping by ~ Amy

 

 

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12 Responses to Valentine Twig Heart Trivet

  1. Anne January 22, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    That’s so cute! Great project Amy!!

  2. Mel January 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Oh Amy that’s gorgeous!

  3. Danni@SiloHillFarm January 23, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Oh Amy, I really like these! Love the rusticness of the twigs and the charm of the heart shape! Fun project and perfect for Valentines!

  4. Feral Turtle January 23, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    That is so cute!! I might have to put a bit of heart into my next Valentines Day table setting!!!

  5. Shanna Gilbert January 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    So cute Amy! These would make such cute gifts!

  6. heather f January 27, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    So cute! I love the look of twiggy anything.

  7. Lis January 19, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    Love this idea! I have actually done the same thing using bamboo skewers. They pick up paint really well – I like to water down my paint so it washes over the skewers and then darken some so I have a variation of shades of the same color.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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