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diy project: abigail’s cork trivet and coaster set

by Grace Bonney

ac and i are still unpacking and adjusting to being back in brooklyn so i wanted to kick off today with a slew of diy posts– some from the contest and some from our craft editors and one from well-known store owners. today we’re starting with abigail neal and her beautiful reclaimed wine cork trivets and coasters. abigail was one of our diy contest finalists and her cork trivet set was a big hit with several of my friends, many of whom have tried to replicate this on their own already. but thankfully today abigail is sharing her (simple!) instructions for finishing this great diy project. simple, sweet and eco-friendly, this is a great project to tackle if you’ve got leftover corks around the house and want to create something custom by recycling materials. click here for the full post or just click “read more” below. thanks abigail!

Reclaimed Cork Trivet and Coaster Set

What you’ll need:
-natural cork wine stoppers (10-12 to complete this project)
-a knife or cutting utensil to cut each cork into small slices
-needle (regular embroidery style)

This project is quite simple, all you need to do is:

1. Cut each cork into appx 5mm thick slices/discs; but be careful- cork can slip on counters easily.
(Each cork yields about 8-10 slices depending on length and it takes about 80 slices to make the trivet and two coasters.)

2. Stitch each cork together with two quick stitches. (try contrasting thread colors for more visual interest)

3. Arrange your stitched cork pieces together into a your desired geometric pattern and either leave loose or stitch closed to complete the circle. Abigail suggests choosing a geometric pattern that plays with negative space to keep the coasters/trivet light and flexible.

4. Place on the table and enjoy!

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