DIY Projects

August 26, 2012

DIY Drink Trivets

I try to make the most of summer’s last days by entertaining outdoors as often as possible, and these pretty tile coasters make a great addition to open-air dining. Glazed in calming earth tones, Moorish-inspired tiles are reminiscent of something you might find on the stone terrace of an old Italian palazzo, but will look just as lovely atop your own backyard picnic table. The coasters take very little time and money to make.

Materials and Tools

  • Ceramic tiles
  • Felt
  • White glue
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Step 1: Source tile

Tiles are not sold individually, so this project is easier if you have tile leftover from a recent renovation. Alternatively, check out a local salvage store, like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, for remnant tile. I opted for two different but complementary ceramic tiles: a simple square tile with subtle indents and two curvaceous tiles with sculptural appeal. Lastly, ensure the tiles are big enough to accommodate a water glass.

Step 2: Adhere felt

Place tiles on a sheet of felt and trace their shapes with a pencil, or with chalk if the felt is black. Carefully cut the shapes out of the felt and glue them onto the back of the tile with white glue or a hot glue gun. Once the glue is dry, your tile-turned-trivet is ready to hold a cocktail!

Marble-topped console, Mjo?lk; Walker Zanger tiles, Tiles Plus.