This project is inspired by A Beautiful Mess.
Cut your wood into squares. Remember that a square for a 1x8 is 7 ¼” not 8”. We used poplar because it’s a hardwood and it will hold up well under heat, and (bonus!) it’s also one of the cheapest hardwoods.
Follow the directions on the can and stain your wood with the color(s) of your choice. You may even be able to get away with using one 35¢ stain sample per square.
Next cut out the veneer tape to your desired patterns. Note: Believe it or not, we actually got our iron on veneer tape from Home Depot. The only veneer tape that Dunn carries is stick on, and the heat from a pan would cause the adhesive to heat up and slide. You can also find the iron on variety at Lowe’s.
Be sure to overcut the veneer and trim it off later with an exacto blade. Otherwise cut and place each piece one at a time. Use the combination to cut 45° angles.
Iron the veneer onto the poplar square. Press and slide the scrap lumber over the hot veneer after you’ve ironed it to make it lie flat. If desired, place a piece of waxed paper over the veneer to ensure that no glue makes it on to your iron. Personally, we didn’t have any issues with this.
Allow the veneer to cool, and trim off any overhanging. Step back and admire your beautiful handy work. These trivets are fun and practical, and make a great wedding present! Have fun with them!