Cute As A Pumpkin Thanksgiving Wood Trivet

The smell of turkey and pumpkin pie is in the air as we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. My oven is full and the table set for the big feast tonight. I'm keeping the dining room table centerpiece simple this year with a Thanksgiving Wood Trivet that is super easy to make and didn't cost a dime.

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Trivet With Vintage Graphic

Pumpkin Thanksgiving Wood Trivet

If you eliminate the feet, it would make a lovely Fall sign and I'll show you how simple it is to make. But first, I'd like to wish my fellow Canucks a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet With Painted Feet

Everything I used to make the pumpkin patch wood trivet was salvaged with things I had on hand.

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DIY Thanksgiving Wood Trivet

The how to...

It all started with this salvaged 7" x 16 1/2" cedar board that I found on a shelf in the workshop. I think it may have come from an abandoned project at one time. The routered edge makes it perfect to use for a large wood trivet. Salvaging a small drawer front would also work perfectly for this project. That's where places like Habitat ReStore or local salvage markets come in handy.

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet Salvaged Board

Because I planned on adding a vintage graphic to the top of the board, the rough grain needed to be sanded smooth. I used my mouse sander with an 80-grit sanding pad.

Staining the wood trivet

Next, I stained the board with a water-based stain called Canadian Maple, couldn't be a more suitable stain color for Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet Stain

In search of the perfect graphic

While the stain was drying I went over to The Graphics Fairy website and found this vintage botanical pumpkin graphic. In Pic Monkey, I sized the graphic to 850 x 1400 to fit 8 1/2" x 14" legal size paper and reversed it to create a mirror image (as pictured below).

I printed it onto legal size bond paper with my color laser printer. You can use an inkjet printer BUT you must wait for the ink to completely dry before moving onto the next step.

Adding a whitewash to the trivet

Because my graphic has a white background, there is too much contrast between it and the dark stain, especially considering the graphic doesn't cover the entire board.

If you prefer the graphic does cover the entire top, resize it to fit on two letter size sheets of paper. The website I normally use to create larger images recently became a paid membership service, which was the reason for my decision to size the image to fit legal size paper.

Once the stain was dry I gave just the top and not the routered edge a whitewash with chalk paint that I had on hand.

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet With Give Thanks Typography

Whitewash Tip

To do this thin white chalk paint with water to a milk-like consistency. Brush the paint on and wipe it off with a rag. The white paint will nestle in the grain of the wood and tint the wood white but the dark stain still shows underneath.

How to transfer the graphic onto the wood trivet

You will need either Mod Podge or image transfer medium. To complete this step visit my detailed step-by-step Image Transfer Technique tutorial. Come back here once you're finished and we'll move onto adding feet to the trivet. I'll wait 😏

At the last minute, I decided to add Give Thanks to the top of the graphic. Here is a detailed Image Transfer Technique Using Graphite Paper tutorial to see how I did it.

Adding feet onto the wood trivet

I found these little wooden dodads (don't know what they're called) in my stash and painted two coats of Autumn, a burnt orange chalk paint color.

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet Feet

Once they were completely dry I attached them to the bottom of the trivet with this glue and set some heavy books on top until the glue set.

Protecting the wood trivet

To protect the trivet apply two coats of a clear matte top coat. I used water-repellent Gator Hide that I had on hand.

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet Top View

I'm using the Thanksgiving Wood Trivet as a simple centerpiece on our dining table with real white mini pumpkin tealight holders.

How to make real mini pumpkin tealight holders

You can skip this step but I removed the pumpkin stems first to preserve them for Fall crafts next year. 

Tips to preserve pumpkin stems

  • Carefully cut along the base of the pumpkin stem with a knife. Mini pumpkins have a much tougher shell than the large varieties so be extra cautious during this step. 
  • Remove any meat from the base of the stem. 
  • Store the stems in a dry location for about 8 weeks.

CAUTION: Safety First 

  • Make sure the pumpkin is secured in place before drilling. Mine were secured tightly in a mounted worktable bench vice.
  • Set the torque on the drill to a low setting (under 10).
  • If you are not experienced using a power drill, have someone do this for you who is.

With a 1 1/2 inch hole saw drill bit carefully bore a hole in the center of the mini pumpkins but stop before you go through the bottom.

Mini Pumpkin Tealights For Thanksgiving Wood Trivet

After you remove the pulp from inside the pumpkins, let them dry out for a few hours.

Fill the cavity 3/4 full with something for the tealights to sit on. I crunched up tinfoil and simply set the tealights on top and pressed firmly until they sat level with the top of the pumpkins.

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet With Mini Pumpkin Tealights

During dinner, the wood trivet will be used to set mini ramekins filled with assorted condiments along with salt & pepper shakers and small butter plates. We always serve the food buffet style on the kitchen island so the dining room table isn't cluttered with platters and bowls of food.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, without feet the wood trivet could be an adorable Fall sign. For more Fall inspiration visit my Fall Ideas page.

Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Thanksgiving Wood Trivet With Vintage Graphic

Thanksgiving Wood Trivet With Vintage Graphic

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