DIY Cork Board Triangle Trivets

February 16, 2016 separator DIY Tutorial

If you like to entertain (me!), and have a particular affinity for hot appetizers and dips (yes yes yes!), then you can never have enough trivets. Because eating sharing all the yummy foods and keeping that coffee table free of scorch marks are equally important goals.

Enter these DIY cork board triangle trivets. They meet the unofficial Golden Standard for makeability: easy, inexpensive, and on-trend. Plus, they are a great excuse to throw a potluck party and get people to bring hot, delicious food to you. (Can you tell I’m hungry while I’m writing this?)


And before you get in a DIY frenzy and whip out your x-acto knife—I found the easiest way to cut cork using the lowliest of tools: scissors. Look at this smooth cut!




1. Print out the triangle templates and cut them out. For reference, the small template makes a coaster-sized trivet (which you can also use as a coaster!), and the large template is great for pots and casserole dishes.


2.   Trace the template onto the cork sheet. Tip: save yourself a cut by lining the template up along the side of the cork.


3. Cut around the triangle to give yourself a smaller piece of cork to handle.


4.   Now to make those nice clean cuts: grab your sharp scissors and trim off the excess pieces with long, slow cuts. The cork will look cleanest on the right side of the scissor blades, so hold the triangle appropriately, like so. Cut just inside the marker/pen line so that it’s not visible on the final piece.


Lefties, I’m sorry, but I have no idea how this translates for you, I totally failed those spatial reasoning tests in school!

You can leave the cork “nude” (so scandalous), or paint it however you want. I chose to color block some of mine because I like the Scandinavianness it gave the cork. And because color-blocking is the easiest kind of painting to do for non-painterly types (me).


5. To color block, stick some painter’s tape on the cork. Just press along the edge really well!


6.   Paint one to two coats, letting the paint dry completely between each coat.


7.   When the final coat is dry, peel off the tape at an angle.

And you’re done!


Now the world of piping hot recipes is yours!


Marlene Sauer - Shrimp Salad Circus Contributor

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  6. Hi Marlene, just a quick question – does the addition of the paint keep these trivets heat-safe, or should a coat of heat-protective spray/sealant be applied at the end?

    1. Hi Alexa! Great question! You certainly could add a heat-protective sealant, but I will say I’ve been using these regularly without it since making them and have had no problems. They have held up great for both hot and cold use. Except for a few coffee stains on the white paint (which a sealant would help prevent), they look good as new! Thanks for reading!

      1. Thanks so much! Great to know. Also – I can’t find the triangle template download – is there another link i could use to access it?

        1. Oh shoot — I don’t see it either! Thanks for pointing this out, I will message Lindsay and we will get this fixed!

  7. Aww, thanks Lindsay and readers! These trivets are so easy to make, I’m glad you liked them! xoxo – Marlene

    1. Didn’t Marlene knock it out of the park with the styling on this one?! I’m in love with that copper charger tray, too!

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