Monday, September 20, 2010

Ceramic Tile Trivet Tutorial

The holidays are coming people! Do you know what this means?? HOLIDAY DINNERS!

And do you know how hard it is to find trivets to put all those hot dishes on?  Seriously, they're impossible to find!

So what's a girl to do, but make her own?

I started with these nice big 10x 13 ceramic wall tiles I stole repurposed from work. 

Clean them really well with rubbing alcohol so they're clean and grease free.

Then, I did two different finishing options.

Finishing Option 1: Fabric

For this one, I cut some fabric slightly bigger than the tile.

Brush Mod-Podge over the surface. Lay your fabric on top, and smooth out so no wrinkles.

Flip the tile over, and mod podge the fabric over the back to wrap it.

Let dry.  Brush on three more coats of Mod-Podge on top of the fabric, letting dry between coats.

Finish with an acrylic finish (I used spray, you could use a brush on though).

Now, for the back. I took cork squares (or you could use the rolled cork, I had squares on hand), and cut to fit the back of the tile. Hot glue that baby down. You can use craft glue or Gorilla glue if you have it and think it'll hold better.

Ta-Da! Your finished trivet, all ready for the holiday dinner table.

Finishing option 2: Decorative Stencil

Take that cleaned tile.

Center your stencil on the tile. Tape it down so it doesn't move on you.

Use Craft paint to dab, not brush, paint onto the stencil.

CAREFULLY remove the stencil and let dry.

Protect with acrylic.

Now, for the back. Take that cork square (or rolled cork, or felt), and cut to fit the back of the tile. Hot glue that baby down.

Another one done! Don't you feel so proud of yourself?

This could be done with any size tile. You could also use felt on the back, but I think cork absorbs any heat transfered better. And it's softer on the table.

Lots of ladies out there in blog-land have used a similar technique for coasters using 4x4 tiles. Like:

Homemade Mamas
Crafty Chic Mommy
A Little Bit of Everything

I linked to these parties:

Craftastic Mondays 
The DIY Show Off


  1. These are very cool. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  2. For the tile with the stencil, I was wondering, if you put a very hot dish on it (the one who bake at 450 degrees in the oven) is the tile will crack?
    I love the idea. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Marie, You should be fine. Ceramic is very heat resistant.

    If you plan on putting dishes that hot on the trivet directly out of the oven, I recommend not using the fabric covered design for safety sake.

  4. Margaret, I hope you are still around.. I see this post was from 2010.. But my problem is I am worried about the trivets being COMPLETELY heat resistant, I am going to put a photo on the tile((Like for the photo coasters, except with a larger tile)) and give them as gifts to family members, but everywhere I have read I am seeing that the sealer will stick to the hot pot/pan :-( did you have this issue ??


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