How to Make Tile Hot Plates

Tile is a durable and popular choice for kitchen and bathroom walls and floors, and will lend lasting beauty to any room in your home. If you've recently completed a tiling project and have leftover material, make coordinating tile hot plates for your stove, counter or table. A quick project that will last for years, hot plates will also protect delicate surfaces from burns and scratches during the cooking and serving of meals.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon isopropyl alcohol

  • 1 paper towel

  • 4 1/2-inch diameter heavy-duty rubber bumpers, self-adhesive

  • 1 ceramic or porcelain tile

Step 1

Pour 1 teaspoon isopropyl alcohol onto a folded paper towel.

Step 2

Rub the back of your tile vigorously with the alcohol-soaked paper towel, paying particular attention to the corners and taking care to remove all dust and dirt from the tile's back. Allow to dry completely.

Step 3

Peel the backing from one heavy-duty rubber bumper.

Step 4

Place the bumper in a corner of the back side of the tile, making sure that the bumper is 1/4 inch from each edge of the tile.

Step 5

Repeat the process, placing one bumper on each of the remaining corners.

Step 6

Turn the tile right side up and place on a solid surface.

Step 7

Press firmly on the tile, using the palm of your hand to anchor the bumpers securely in place.

Tip

Felt, cork or a scrap of carpeting can be substituted for rubber bumpers if you glue the backing on with a hot glue gun.

Warning

Slate and other natural stone tiles may be too brittle for hot plate use.

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