At the Pinner’s Conference we taught two workshops in which one was how to make a trivet in which we had everyone create their own tile trivet and pretend like it was their backsplash. These trivets can be used in your kitchen as decor, for hot dishes, or as pot holders for your patio (they make great gifts too). Not only are they useful, but they are a fantastic way to get the kids involved in a fun craft. Lets break down the steps so you can make one!
How to Make a Trivet
Step One: Get your Materials + Tools
Getting your materials prepped and ready to go before you start is always an important step.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 8×8 inch plywood board
- Precut tile
- Tile saw if you need to cut your tile
- Notched trowel
- Tile adhesive (mortar or mastic)
- Bucket of water
Step Two: Pick your Tile
The fun part about making your trivet is that you can choose the color and design that goes with your kitchen and home! At the workshop, we had precut tile fish scale tile from Mercury Mosaic and each attendant chose the colors they liked for their trivet.
Step Three: Dry Layout Design
Before laying your tile on the plywood board with the adhesive, be sure to do a dry layout on the board so you can get the look you’re going for. This will ensure that you know where each tile piece will go on the board and how it will all fit together.
Once you have the dry layout set, take the tile pieces off the board and lay them on the table. When you go to apply the tile adhesive to your board, you’ll have the layout ready to go for install without wondering how you had it laid out in the first place.
Step Four: Apply Mortar to Backer Board
Using mortar or mastic, apply the tile adhesive to the plywood board with a notched trowel. For these trivets, we used the 1/4″ trowel to spread the adhesive. You’ll want it spread it evenly and make a thick layer on the board.
Step Five: Lay Tile
Now that you have your adhesive on the wood board, take the individual tile pieces from your dry layout and begin to lay them on the board. Line the tile pieces up with the corners to ensure a finished look. With handmade tile like Mercury Mosaics, every tile is perfectly imperfect, so the spacing may not be 100% the same, but that all adds to the art of the design. You don’t need to press down on the tile in order for it to stick to the adhesive and it’s good for the grooves to be under the tile for adhering it properly.
Step Six: Apply Grout
Finally, once your tile has been on the plywood board and the adhesive had set for 36-48 hours, you’re ready to grout. Follow the mixing instructions on the back of the packaging of the grout you bought. Apply enough grout to fill all the small areas of your tile. Using a sponge or paper towel, make a sweeping motion over your tile at a 45-degree angle to make sure that the grout fills all of the spaces. Once the grout is in all of the grooves, use a wet paper towel to wipe off the tiles. Then go back over it with a dry towel to get all the dusty particles off.
Step Seven: Enjoy Your New DIY Trivet
And just like that, you’ve learned how to make a trivet out of tile! While you can make trivets out of basically any material, the tile ones are hands down our favorite. If you and your family made a DIY trivet of your own, we’d love to see it. Tag us @construction2style with your tile creation so we can share the love!