How to make a trivet with tile to hold hot items

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How to make a trivet with tile to hold hot items
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Trivets, or hotplates, in various shapes and sizes serve as pads to protect tables, countertops and other surfaces from heated cookware and bakeware that can stain and/or crack surface materials. Although many people typically associate trivets with wrought iron designs, any heat-resistant material such as tile—pieces of ceramic, stone, glass or other materials—can act as a trivet. You simply need to decide if you want a single-tile trivet or a trivet with a multiple tile pattern.

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Things you need

  • Tiles
  • Cork or silicone sheeting
  • Pencil (optional)
  • Cutting mat
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Heat-resistant adhesive
  • Silicone feet/bumpers (optional)
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Flat, nontextured stone tile
  • Gloves
  • Grout
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Grout float
  • Sponge
  • Cloths
  • Sealant
  • Dishes/glassware (optional)
  • Hammer (optional)

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  1. 1

    Decide on a type of tile such as ceramic or slate, tile size and shape.

  2. 2

    Lay a piece of cork or silicone sheeting on a flat, work surface or cutting mat and then place your tile on top of the sheeting.

  3. 3

    Trace the outline of the tile using a pencil and then go to Step 3. If you're using a cutting mat, simply cut the sheeting along the edges with a utility knife and go to Step 5.

  4. 4

    Remove the tile from the sheeting and cut out the tile shape with a pair of scissors.

  5. 5

    Apply heat-resistant adhesive to one side of the piece of cork or silicone.

  6. 6

    Attach the piece to the back of your tile to act as the base of your trivet. Use your tile as a trivet with only this base or glue feet or bumpers to the bottom for added trivet height.

  1. 1

    Lay a plastic sheet on your work surface.

  2. 2

    Place a flat stone tile in the desired size for your trivet on top of the plastic.

  3. 3

    Affix your tiles to nontextured surface of the stone tile in any pattern that includes seams/joints using heat resistant glue and then wait for the adhesive to dry per any package instructions before applying grout.

  4. 4

    Mix your grout in a bucket following the package instructions for your specific grout brand.

  5. 5

    Apply the grout to the entire surface of your tile pattern with your grout float. Push the grout into the seams/joints as you work.

  6. 6

    Scrape away any excess grout with the edge of your float and then smooth/even out the seams by sweeping a damp sponge across the surface. Repeat as needed until the grout seams/joints appear even with the tile.

  7. 7

    Wait for the grout to dry, clean the surface with another damp sponge to remove any grout residue/film and then apply grout sealant.

  8. 8

    Follow the steps in Section 1 to make a base for your multiple-tile trivet.

Tips and warnings

  • To make tiles out of old dishes/glassware, wrap the item in a cloth and smash with a hammer.
  • Never use felt sheeting or feet on the bottom of your trivet as felt is difficult to clean—it retains moisture, stains and collects dust, dirt, food particles and other debris.
  • Always wear gloves when working with grout or broken dishes/glassware to protect your hands.

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