This is the neatest crochet pattern for making trivets. It is made op of circles that are then interlocked by more crochet. She used plastic rings from a six pack of cans for her circles but if you plant to set really hot things on it I would take her suggestion and use some canning gaskets since they are meant to take the heat. I really like the way these look and if you like to crochet you could have some for all the different holidays made from the colors for that holiday or you could match the colors to your dishes or kitchen. They would make a well loved and an individulized gift if you made them to cordinate with the recievers dishes or kitchen. Adaiha shares the free instructions so you can start making your right away.