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.

Tile hot plates can add color and texture to your decor.

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.


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


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