There is nothing worse than finishing a delicious meal only to find that your hot plates and pots have marked your table. In our house we cook a lot of oven baked dishes that are served straight from the oven, so to combat this we usually put down hand towels or dish cloths to protect the table. Kind of ruins my beautifully set table settings, dontcha think?
To return my table to its former glory I made a couple of sets of Beaded Pot Holders. They were so easy to make and look so awesome, I thought I would share the process with you guys!
You’re going to need a whole lot of wooden beads. I used about 60 beads at a 1/2 inch (1.5cm) size to make an 8 inch (20cm) in diameter holder. The size of your beads will determine how big your pot holder is, so it’s a good idea to get more than you think you’ll need – just in case! The other thing you’re going to need to remember is to get wooden beads. Plastic beads will obviously warp or melt under high heats. The same goes for colored beads: if your beads are painted with a thicker, acrylic paint, it is likely the paint will peel away under heat, so look for naturally dyed beads. I was able to find a whole bunch at my local craft store.
Wooden beads (approx. 60-80 per holder)
Leather cord or thick twine
Sewing needle and thread (optional)
1. Take your cord and cut a length of around half a meter. Knot one end securely, ensuring that your knot is larger than the holes on your beads. Leave around 10cm of cord before the knot.
2. One at a time thread your beads onto your cord. Continue until you have used all your beads.
3. Loosely tie off the open end of cord around 5cm away from the beads. Then push all of your beads so that they sit fairly flush against the original knot.
4. There are two ways you can proceed from here, depending on the size of your pot holder and how ‘secure’ you want it:
OPTION ONE: take the first 10 (or so) beads and twist into a loop, knotting any excess cord around the cord (ie: between the 10th and 11th bead). Wrap the rest of the beads around the first loop, creating a second larger loop and knot again when the rope of beads reaches the first. Repeat again to make another larger loops and knot again (repeat again if necessary). Tie off the last loop against both the previous loop and the end of the cord. Add in a few lengths of cord to the knot to make a tasseled end.
OPTION TWO: Twist the beaded rope around itself repeatedly to make a spiralled loop. Place down on a flat surface so that all the beads sit flush. Take a needle and thread and carefully stitch a knot between the original knot and the first row of beads. Sew a zigzag between the alternating gaps between the beads, pulling the rows together. Continue this process all the way around. Your threads will be exposed in some areas, but it will only be on one side. You can simply flip the holder over once you’re done. This option is quite fiddly and takes a bit more time, but it will result in a sturdier pot holder. I would recommend this option for larger pots.
And that’s it! I made a whole set of blue and cream pot holders for our family, now everyone has one! They are perfect for pot pies and casseroles, and my table has returned to its pretty beginnings! (Thanks goodness!)
Dani (DIY Craft contributor)
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