We love projects that are multifunctional. Take trivets and potholders, for instance. They aren’t just practical, they can also be a great way to display art in your kitchen. Yes, art. Whether you’re prepping for a dinner party, getting a head start on some fun gifts for your foodie friends or just want a way to spruce up your meal presentation, these 16 DIYs are ready to do all of that. Any one of these projects would make a great gift for your Thanksgiving host. Or make a little bundle of them to top off all of your holiday gifts.
4. Roller Coasters: You can customize to your heart’s content with these colorful crocheted patterns. Make big ones for potholders or a collection of smaller one for a set of coasters. (via Haak Maar Raak)
5. Modern Beaded Wood Trivet: This simple DIY trivet is perfect for those tea– and coffee-brewing winter months, and they make great gifts for design lovers. Plus, it involves one of our favorite obsessions: color blocking! (via Apartment Therapy)
6. Felt Hot Pads: Sewn with two layers of thick cotton, these pads are heat resistant and their rectangular shape makes them perfect for grabbing hot dishes out of the oven and holding onto pan handles. (via Purl Bee)
7. Wooden Plank: Wouldn’t a rustic piece of wood make a wonderful centerpiece for some seasonal decor? Instead of lots of little potholders, just put a long, flat piece of wood on the table, which could double as a trivet for hot dishes. (via Style Files)
9. Heart Shaped Mitt: Show someone some serious love with these pretty oven mitts. Not only are they adorable, but they are completely practical and won’t leave any fingers vulnerable to hot pot handles. (via Leafy Treetop Spot)
12. Dollar Store Hot Pads: The easiest gift of all is an upcycled one! Forget the sewing, and buy some inexpensive mitts and gloves at a dollar store, then go to town personalizing them with trim, pom poms, tassels or buttons. (via The 36th Avenue)
13. Woven Trivet: If you have a collection of scraps from other craft projects, these trivets are a fun way to use up the material. You get to make a little frame loom for this craft, so if you have any questions, you can bet your kids will know how to help you out. (via Poppytalk)
14. Pom Pom Coasters: So easy your kids can help you make them, and so cute that you’ll want to make a set for everyone you know — head down to the dollar store to get some cheap supplies and have a fun afternoon making this little crafts. (via Inspired by Charm)
15. Clothespin Trivet: The neutral wood clothespins is a pretty cool look, but we are also trying to picture what this would look like with one side dipped in bright paint. Either way, the star of clothespins will be a definite conversation piece on your dining table. (via Sweet Paul)
16. Dyed and Braided Trivets: Pretty and practical, these trivets are made by weaving together strips of dyed ticking fabric. Love the braiding so much you don’t want to stop? Just keep going until you have a cool, textured rug! (via Martha Stewart)
What is your favorite kind of pot holder? Do you prefer the classic mitt or something a little more funky? Talk to us in the comments below!