Saturday, August 27, 2011

[Make] Stone Placemat

I first saw a stone placemat in May 2005.  I remember the date because we were on a ferry from Vancouver, B.C. to Victoria, and the ship's gift shop was selling an assortment of placemats, table runners, trivets and coasters made from white, black and assorted brown river rocks.  I had my eye on them, but for whatever reason, didn't make the purchase.  Then I promptly forgot about them.

Skip forward 6 years and we're back on that same ferry, except traveling in reverse from Victoria to Vancouver... my first thought was "must check out gift store... maybe they still have those stone placemats??".  Of course they didn't.  So when I got home, the first thing I did?  Why I headed to our local craft and garden stores of course!

[product list]:  shelf liner (sold by the yard at fabric stores), decorative river rocks, tiger bond adhesive**

**for trivets and coasters, i would suggest adding a stiff nylon mesh to make the project more hardy and easier to pick up.  this can be found at your local hardware store by the drywall supplies.

since the shelf liner is porous, i used 2 layers so the adhesive wouldn't soak through.  i also worked on a baking rack in hopes that the project would dry faster and also protect my countertop in case there were any leaks. tiger bond is a cream and very easy to use... no mess!

the finished stone mat --
i started from the middle and worked my way out, covering as much of the liner as possible.  there's no right or wrong way... just pick a rock, glue, pick a rock, glue...

the stone mat is currently hanging out on a side table in our family room.  it'll eventually find a home in the center of our round kitchen table.

[project low-down]

This project is simple, but a little time consuming... especially if you're like me and treat the thing like a mosaic.  I spent a lot of time fitting the rocks together like a puzzle.  Not really necessary, but that's just me. 

project size:  15 inches in diameter.  it took 2 small bags of rocks and 2 tubes of glue to complete. 

time spent:  It took about 4 hours in total to assemble.  But it was a pretty large area to cover, so don't let that scare you away.  Smaller projects will come together much more quickly. 

next up:  I'm thinking of a chevron trivet for my family room, made with black and white rocks.  And perhaps a project with larger rocks... much faster. 

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  1. I LOVE this! I've been wanting to make a rock door mat, but I'm not sure how to pull it off! Do you think shelf liner would work? I'm thinking maybe something thicker?!

  2. Hi Michelle- for a doormat, the shelfliner won't be strong enough... especially if it's exposed to the elements and people are tromping on it (not realizing that it's a work of art!). I made a few stone mosaics years ago. I used the heavy duty stuff for outdoor projects-- something "weatherproof" for the base (steel sheet, cement slab etc.), cement to "glue" the stones on & grout to fill the spaces. For indoor projects, I used wood or thick plastic mesh as the base (found @ Home Dep), then used epoxy to glue down the stones and sealed it all with grout. Hope that helps a little. Let me know how it goes!!!

  3. so cute - it really does give that riverbed look - wonderful creation!

  4. What a great project--I've seen these before, I think as a table runner. I can't believe I didn't think of doing this. A big, fat puffy heart on this!

  5. This is a great ide and you so clever to think of it!

    I hope you will bring one of your projects to my first Potpourri Friday Party this week - Friday, September 2. Link-up starts on Thursday afternoon. Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

  6. This is great! I have a major project planned with stone, but it is still in the thinking stages.
    I am a new follower.

  7. cool! i want to try this with a mat for the front door

  8. I think it is wonderful. I love that you treated it like a mosaic. I probably would have done the same thing. Happy new follower form Thrifty Tuesday.

  9. This is really beautiful...I pinned it for a time when I can get around to making one. Thanks for the great turorial!

  10. What a neat DIY project...thanks so much for sharing this at NTT.


  11. I love this idea! It turned out great. I would be so happy if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

  12. Very very cool! Not familiar with Tiger bond so will have to research. I'm trying this with larger creek rocks and I'm putting you on my Pinterest board. Well done, smart lady.

  13. That placemat is AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for linking it up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!

  14. This is absolutely brilliant! Thanks for the idea!

  15. lovin this so much!

    i would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday over at


  16. oooh my goodness I LOVE this! I would have never thought about making my own mat like this! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial! :o) I am going to for sure have to keep this in mind! Thank you also for linking up at Crafty Scrappy Happy Thursday :o) I am a new follower and I can't wait to get to know you!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  17. Hey Mel, just wanted to let you know that I picked you as one of my favourites from the Crafty Scrappy Happy linky party...thanks so much for joining us...xo

  18. Love this! Pinned it too :) Been wondering what I can do with bags of stones I keep seeing for sale in a home wares shop up the road. Though I also feel its a good excuse to visit the beach!!

  19. OOh I love this, Thanks for sharing.

  20. A very cute and unique placemat.

  21. Super cute! I wish I had the patience to make a table runner for a very long table (smile).


  22. Beautiful! I did a candle holder in this style about a year and a half ago. I used mod podge and didn't have a liner but that thing was very sturdy on it's own.

  23. super, me agrado esta idea, puedo darlos de regalos a mi madre y mi suegra a quienes le facisnan las plantas y genial para usar en la cocina. gracias por el aporte, felicitaciones por tus trabajos fascinantes y fáciles de entender.

  24. me podrias decir el nombre de la tela por favor


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