Ikea is the 2nd best place for finding stuff to craft with. Crafting is like the sister of hacking. Ikea items are great for hacking because they are inexpensive and usually very minimal. Ikea Trivet hacks are just that. A plain old cork trivet elevated to something special.
The trivet can be a trivet. Or a clock. Or a message board or a bunch of other cool things I’m about to show you.
10 Ways to D0 Ikea Trivet Hacks
Let’s talk first about why we want to hack the Ikea trivet.
It’s small and cheap, which is a great place to start if you’re a beginner hacker. You don’t want to buy a big old, expensive thing if you don’t really know what you’re doing. So start cheap, ok?
And the Ikea trivet is a completely blank slate. They are perfectly plain and just begging for your personal touch.
So let’s get some inspiration from these awesome projects and see what looks like it might be fun to do.
I’m starting with this thumbtack mirror because I think it is such a great and dramatic transformation from the humble cork trivet.
No one would ever guess that this little glam mirror was once a plain Jane trivet.
And no one would probably ever guess who really simple this hack is. You can totally do this. In like, 20 minutes probably.
Find the full tutorial for the Thumbtack Mirror on Curbly.
Here’s the trivet as a trivet, but totally elevated by burning these adorable designs into the cork.
I have to admit, this one is a smidge tricky and requires you to have some wood burning tools. If you’re patient and willing to grab the tools you need, you can do this and you will love it.
You’ll love it because using the wood burning tools is mesmerizing. It smells good and it’s just so satisfying to see the design come to life.
You can find the full tutorial for the Burned Trivets on Where The Smiles Have Been.
Catch All Wall Pockets
This is hands down my favorite Ikea trivet hack. There’s no other way to describe this than, cool. It’s cool, right?
I love the leather. I love that it’s stylish but in a very utilitarian way. And I love the leather look.
It’s definitely the most sophisticated look in this list. Which is interesting because it IS my favorite, but sophisticated is not usually something I usually pick out of a crowd.
You can find the tutorial for the Catch All Wall Pockets on The Jungalow.
Wait someone made a wall sconce out of a trivet. Just wrap your brain around the level of creativity that takes.
Go to Ikea. See the trivet. Look them over. Think… think… Wall sconce!
That’s just not something that happens with me, I can tell you that right now. This is why I love getting inspiration from others.
You can find the tutorial for this Wall Sconce on Apartment Therapy.
Although this is a cork trivet, it’s basically the same material as, you guessed it, a cork board.
Which means the trivet is also perfect for sticking thumbtacks or other small sharp objects into it.
This hack uses pins to hold that pretty fabric in place and then is transformed into a jewelry organizer!
You can find the full instructions for the Jewelry Organizer on Smart & Snazzy.
Here’s another trivet hack using some fabric. This time the fabric makes a cute little pocket with some pins above for leaving notes.
I can see this happening in dorm rooms across America. It’s simple and cheap. Perfect for college students.
It also is an opportunity to express your own style a little. Again, perfect for college students.
You can find the full tutorial for the Message Board on Make Calm Lovely.
Painted Photo Frames
I really love these pretty painted photo frames from the trivet.
They are really completely transformed from the blah trivet to something sort of shabby chic. That’s not a look you usually think of with an Ikea item.
This simple and a great reason to get some of those awesome photos off your phone. I can also see this done with other images. Maybe a circle cut out of a sentimental card you just can’t toss?
You can find the full tutorial for the Painted Photo Frame on Dream Green DIY.
This is the funkiest and most elaborate hack of the trivet on this list.
This took some serious imagination, people. I mean, that is really a creative piece.
I’ve seen tons of macrame plant hangers that this reminds me of, but nothing quite like this!
You can find the full tutorial for the Plant Hanger on Ikea Hackers.
You know what I really love about those wild looking mirror made from the trivet?
I love that if you closely it looks like it is made of things you found in your kids junk toy drawer.
But, from a distance, it all works together. And it couldn’t be further from the beige blah cork trivet.
You can find the full tutorial for the Funky Mirror on Ikea Hackers.
I couldn’t leave this cute guy out. I mean, the colors aren’t my favorite, to be honest, but the colors are completely up to you.
I do blue probably where they’ve done red, but overall this is adorable for a kids room.
Does it get your brain thinking about what other animals you could make out of trivets?
You can find the tutorial for the Turtle on Ikea Hackers.
What Do You Think?
They are fun and totally doable, right?
I’m kind of obsessed with the leather pocket like one and I would really like to see if I can actually pull that off. The thumbtack mirror is a close second for me.
Ok, I’m off to Ikea. And probably the dollar store.
PS! You know what else is awesome to hack? The Ikea Spice Rack.