How to Make Wood & Tile Trivets

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How to Make Wood & Tile Trivets
Use small tiles for a more intricate pattern on your trivet. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Creating your own wood and tile trivets can save you money and allow you to have a piece of home decor that fits your exact taste and style. Homemade trivets also make useful gift items, providing a place to set hot dishes at meal time. Both children and adults can enjoy making trivets from wood and tile with objects easily found at craft supply and hardware stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scroll saw
  • Sand paper
  • High-gloss acrylic paint or clear sealant
  • Craft glue
  • Cork squares

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  1. 1

    Select the type of tile you plan to use for the trivet. For example, you can use small tiles to create detailed patterns or pictures in a mosaic style. You can also use one large tile and decorate the surface with heat-resistant paint or ink or use four medium tiles to form a larger square for big pots and pans. Glass, ceramic and stone tiles provide the best option for this project.

  2. 2

    Measure the length and width of your tile combination and add one inch to each side to allow for a small border. Cut a piece of thin wood to the size of the measurements using a scroll saw. Sand the edges until smooth using fine-grit sandpaper. Paint the wood base with a coat of high-gloss acrylic paint or finish with a clear sealant.

  3. 3

    Attach the tiles to the wood. Apply a layer of craft glue to the back of tiles and press into place on top of the wood. Allow at least 24 hours for the glue to dry before handling the project.

  4. 4

    Turn the trivet over so the wood faces upward and attach one cork square to each corner to protect the surface on which it will sit.

Tips and warnings

  • Mortar or craft cement can provide a long-lasting alternative to the craft glue when securing the tile to the wood.

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