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This trivet project combines two of my favorite trends: woodsy wood and geometry. Simple to make and good looking, this would make the perfect hostess gift!
 
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Step 1: What You'll Need

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- 10 tree branch discs/slices approximately 1 3/4" diameter and 1/4" thick
* I bought mine pre-cut at Flax art supply store but you could also cut your own. Just make sure the wood is dry.
- 10" x 10" piece of medium thick leather
* I chose a neutral color, but a bright color could also be fun as it would show up in between the circles
- print out of leather backing pattern on 8 1/2 x 11" paper (file attached below)
- Guerrilla Glue or contact cement
- a pen, ruler & exacto knife
- sandpaper (120, 240 & 400 grit - 1 sheet each)
- fabric scissors
- 3 clamps (not pictured)
- 12" x 14" piece of plywood or a large hard cover book
- inexpensive painting brush
- matte Clear & Clean wood finish (water based)


Step 2: Sand Your Slices

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Check to make sure that your discs/slices are all the same thickness.

If they aren't, you'll need to do a bit of sanding in order to achieve this.
If they are, you can skip this step.

To even up all your thicknesses, tape down your 120 sand paper and using even strokes and elbow grease, sand each disc ON ONE SIDE ONLY until you've achieved 'sameness' for all 10 discs.

Change out the 120 grit for the 240 grit and give the sanded sides a couple of passes each.

*The reason you only sand one side is to keep the side you'll be gluing to the leather rough so it 'grabs on' to the glue for a better bond.

Step 3: Cut Out Your Pattern

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Using craft/paper scissors, cut out your leather backing pattern.

Step 4: Trace Pattern Onto Leather

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Using your pen, trace the pattern onto your leather piece, suede (rough) side up.

Step 5: Cut Out Your Leather Backing Piece

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Using your fabric scissors, cut out your traced leather piece.

Step 6: Play With Your Pieces

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Now you're going to arrange your wood discs/slices on the leather backing piece (suede side up, smooth side down).
Because they're not perfect circles, it will take a bit of fiddling to get them all touching each other and centered on the backing piece.
dimtick10 months ago
Nice work!!
One thought I had was that rather than using all the same size circles, use different sizes to create a random pattern. I did a quick google search and found this. This is a table but think it would also work as a trivet. I also like that the different pieces of wood are stainded different colors.
http://www.custommade.com/coffee-table-circular-marble-tile-mosaic-contempor/by/inspiredbynature/

This is just a thought and is in no way meant as a criticism.
:)
dimtick10 months ago
Nice work!!
One thought I had was that rather than using all the same size circles, use different sizes to create a random pattern. I did a quick google search and found this. This is a table but think it would also work as a trivet. I also like that the different pieces of wood are stainded different colors.
http://www.custommade.com/coffee-table-circular-marble-tile-mosaic-contempor/by/inspiredbynature/

This is just a thought and is in no way meant as a criticism.
:)