You can easily make your own trivet out of a 7 inch cork circle, broken tiles, tile adhesive, mod podge and coloured sand. We recently made one in the Creative crafting group that meets on Fridays.
The cork circles can be purchased at dollar stores and tiles can be obtained from the Re-Store or any hardware/home improvement store.
The tiles are broken into pieces with a tile cutter and arranged on the cork base. It was best to fill in around the edges first and then work inwards.
At first the tiles were just arranged on the cork and once all the spaces were filled in tile adhesive was put on the back of each piece and it was fastened onto the cork.
You didn’t need much adhesive on the back of each piece and it was a good idea to make some little grooves in it before sticking it down.
Once all the tiles was fastened down it was time to fill in the cracks and spaces with mod podge. The mod podge was put on with a sponge brush. Then a green sand (from dollar stores) was put over the spaces and pushed in with the fingers. Don’t worry about getting anything on the tiles as it will all wipe off with a wet cloth.
The finished trivet can be trimmed with an edging if you wish. The upper right trivet hasn’t been wiped off yet so you can still see bits of sand on the tile. The other two have been wiped off.
It took us about 2 hours to complete and everyone was pleased with the end result. Now it is all ready to take a hot dish from the oven.