January 16, 2013

My DIY Tile Turned Trivet

My DIY projects page needs a makeover.  I don't really love a gallery style page (tiny pictures!), so I previously decided to keep the photos full size.  But the number of DIY projects we've tackled is growing and becoming unruly.  Scrolling through them all can officially be classified as exercise it's so grueling.  If you make it to the bottom of the lengthy list (go you!), you'll spot my "cheater DIYs," DIY projects that are almost too easy to be called a project.  This is one of them.

Remember how we spent our fourth wedding anniversary in Budapest, ceramic painting with friends?  Above are the fruits of my labour: two painted tiles.  I picked something flat, easy to pack and cheap (in case I ruined them).  The ratty brushes and watery paint we were provided meant we were doomed to fail at any finer work, so despite all the sketches done the night before (I'm type A, even when I'm being artsy), I went the abstract route.  The turquoise ended up a drab teal and the apple and mint green I wanted hardly showed up at all.  But they are still a sweet reminder and, better yet, useful, with one small addition.  I glued a square of felt on the bottom of each tile (sold to be mounted or framed for a wall art), and now they are table top workhorses, protecting our teak table from hot casserole dishes and tea pots.

This can also easily be done with decorative store bought tile (places like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore always have a great selection of tiles usually priced per piece), renovation leftovers for something sentimental, or a plain white tile decorated with a ceramic marker.


Ceramic tile
LePage Gel Epoxy (I love this adhesive.  It's versatile, dries quickly and has a strong hold)
Scrap of cardboard

Get crafting: 

1. First I checked that the felt won't leave dye stains by dipping a scrap piece in water and wiping it on a paper towel.  This trivet won't be washable, only wipeable, but I still didn't want to accidentally stain my favorite table cloth if a little water is spilled underneath.

2.  I cut the felt about a quarter inch smaller than the tile, so it wouldn't peak out from the edges.

3.  I marked where the felt would be glued onto the tile with pencil.  The epoxy dries quickly, so I had to work quickly and this helped with repositioning the felt.

4. This time we poured the two part epoxy right onto the tile and mixed it right on the surface.  Using a piece of a cardboard cereal box, I smoothed out the epoxy to all four edges, spreading it ever so slightly beyond where the felt would go to make sure the edges adhered perfectly.

5.  I placed the felt square on, pressed and smoothed it flat.  This epoxy left no bumps or ridges.  I was worried a glue gun or other glues might leave bumps and lumps.  Ready for an action shot?

6.  It dried in 5 minutes, but I always let projects cure overnight.  I dried it felt down so the weight of the tile help secure it as it dried.  I'm really pleased with how well the red felt coordinates with my paint splootches (I pilfered from my Mom's felt stash, so my colour choices were limited).

I've already put these trivets to good use.

More Ideas:

Take a look at this Martha Stewart tutorial for decorating tile with a stencil made of lace.  Alternatively, a plain tile can be dressed up with fabric, scrapbook paper or even kid art, like in this Prudent Baby tutorial.

Leftover slate tile becomes a modern table accessory with a stripe of neon paint, thanks to the Madigan Made.

I also found a great tutorial for making extra long trivets using leftover mosaic tile, from Sugar Bee Crafts. 

I'm linking this project up here: DIY by Design, Seven Thirty Three, From My Porch to Yours, Beyond the Picket Fence, House of Hepworths,


  1. Such a cute idea. I like the abstract of yours.

  2. I did a similar project with a friend's kids - I got the kids to paint tiles, and then I made trivets (the same way, except I used cork instead of felt) that the kids then gave to their mother, grandmother and other family members as surprise gifts - everyone loved them!

    1. Oh, so sweet! Such a thoughtful and practical gift. I can imagine that family members were super excited to receive them!

  3. You know I love a project that's beautiful, functional and easy. Nice!

    1. That is definitely a blush worthy compliment. Thanks :)

  4. That looks fantastic. I remember I did this with the kids after we had ceramic tile put down in the kitchen. It is an ivory tile and there were a few extras. We painted smiley faces and designs then used them as trivets.


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