I started out this little DIY a week or so ago. I was super inspired by this tutorial I found on Carnets Parisians (it’s French). I really like how it’s a string of beads instead of a loop. So cool and French, somehow! I thought I would mix it up with a couple sizes of beads and a bit of white paint. Easy-peasy. And it all looked great till I placed my lovely delicate glass tea pot on top and things started to roll (as round beads will). Maybe something got lost in translation. Anyway, it was back to the drawing board.
I had spotted these lovely faceted beads in the wooden bits area of our local craft shop and I finally had time to go and snatch them up this weekend. Not only are these faceted beauties right on trend they also have gloriously large and flat bottoms (hehe). I used 5 of these “lemons” for my trivet string. Three fit well under my glass tea pot (with a cute tail of two) and all five work best for larger pots and pans.
Five wooden lemon beads (or other large flat bottomed wooden bead)
(optional) Two 10mm round wooden beads
white craft paint (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic in Wedding Cake)
thin paint brushes + holding cup
Pop a few of the 12mm beads on to the ends of the thin paint brushes and give them two coats of white paint (I painted 6 beads). Allow a bit of dry time.
Thread the optional 10mm bead onto the jute, or just start with a 12mm bead. Then thread on the rest of your beads, I used a 3 to 1 pattern to keep the big lemon beads separated and I tried to add the painted beads randomly. Tie off the jute at each end with a square knot around the last bead and thread the jute tail back into the bead.
Now go forth and cook up some hot stuff, hot stuff! (see what I did there?)