After last weekend's Trouble with Trivets , I still had many corks left in my "Big Box o' Corks." I also had more space in my drawer where I keep my oven mitts, pot holders and trivets. Did you know that Corks + Space = More Trivets? I personally think this equation may be one of Pythagoras lost theorems.
This time construction went much quicker since there was no cork cutting since I wanted a trivet with more surface area. Why? While the trivet I made last week is fab looking and I love how it turned out, the reality is that it can't hold larger pots or pans. Square pans are a bit wobbly on it due to its rounded shape and what if I made a batch of brownies or a pan of enchiladas? I wasn't sure this small(ish) trivet would be able to handle them.
So my plan was to lay the corks on their sides in a basket weave pattern and hot glue them to the felt backer and to each other. I love it when a plan comes together.
The first trivet is 4 sets of corks wide by 4 sets of corks tall (approximately 7" x 7"). You will need 32 corks for this layout. This size is perfect for those 8x8/9x9 pans.
The second is 4 sets by 8 sets (approximately 7" x 14"). You will need 64 corks for this layout. This size is great for the 9x11/10x13 pans.