Things You'll Need
Unglazed ceramic tile
Fine grit sandpaper
Four wood beads
Acrylic craft paints
Clear acrylic spray
Parents and educators often look for artistic activities to share with kids. Most parents enjoy displaying a handmade piece of artwork created by their child. Hand-painted ceramic tile trivets are functional works of art that can show off a child's artistic abilities, as well as provide a place to set hot serving dishes. Few supplies are required and no kiln is necessary. Even young children can participate in this activity. Kids can have an original piece of artwork completed in a small amount of time.
Lightly sand the tile trivet. This will allow the paint to adhere to the tile finish more easily. Wipe the trivet thoroughly with a damp paper towel or sponge. Allow to dry.
Paint the desired art directly on the ceramic tile with the acrylic paints and paintbrushes. Children can look at books, magazines or their own previously completed artwork to get subject ideas. Paint can easily be wiped off at this point, so mistakes can be quickly corrected. Dampened paper towels and cotton swabs can be used as paint erasers. Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding.
Turn the ceramic tile over and place a small amount of industrial-strength adhesive in each corner. Adhere a wood bead to each of the four spots of glue. Allow the adhesive to dry according to the manufacturer's directions.
Lightly spray an even coat of clear acrylic spray on the front of the trivet. Allow to dry completely, then repeat one or two more times.
A piece of artwork on paper can be glued directly on the ceramic tile with decoupage glue and sealed with the acrylic spray. Marbles or wood blocks can be used in place of the wood beads.
When working with the adhesive and acrylic spray, you should be outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.