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Don’t want to set a hot dish on the counter? Want something underneath your Instant Pot while on the stove? This DIY Tile Hot Plate is the perfect solution! Easy, affordable and ADORABLE! Customize your hot plate to match the decor of your kitchen!
Why Do I Need a Hot Plate?
If you are here reading this post, I am assuming you already have a reason for wanting a hot plate. If by some weird coincidence you are here just for reading pleasure, I’ll tell you my reasons for always having a hot plate near by.
I made my very first hot plate over 5 years ago.. and I am still using it!! I made two new ones while taking these pictures, but those will probably be going to new homes here soon.
5 years ago, we were living in a tiny studio-ish apartment with, honestly, the worlds smallest kitchen. The kitchen was right as you enter into the apartment. It was probably about 4 ft x 8 ft.
I had a fridge, a little camper oven, the sink, enough counter space for a dish drying rack, 4 drawers and 3 overhead cupboards. Boom, done, that was IT.
So, naturally, I needed someplace to put hot dishes as they were coming out of the oven! Heaven forbid I place a hot dish on my hand-me-down, horribly DIY painted dinner table. ?
So my hot plate sat on my dinner table and was used multiple times per day. The hot plate has moved with us to many apartments and even made it across the country and back. I LOVE that thing.
Not only is it amazing for keeping hot stuff away from the countertop, it is also perfect for setting your Instant Pot on.
The felt feet make it super easy to rotate away from cabinets while releasing the steam and it would also give a little protection if you had to use your Instant Pot on the stove top.
**Moment of silence for all of the Instant Pot’s lost to melting on the stove top.**
Last of all (but a very serious point!) is this not the CUTEST option out there?? Totally 100% customizable to your taste AND it is super cheap to make! ??
How to Make Your Own DIY Hot Plate
Note: I recommend buying the white tile from Home Depot. If you do not have a Home Depot near, call your hardware store beforehand and make sure they will sell you the tile individually. My local Lowes wouldn’t sell them to me by the piece, they would only sell them by the case. Home Depot was happy to sell them individually though. Each tile was $0.99.
- 12″x12″ white tile from Home Depot
- 12″x12″ craft paper
- Mod Podge
- (Or equal parts white school glue and water)
- Gloss finishing Spray
- 4 Felt Pads (1 inch)
- Paint brush
- Old gift card/credit card
- For some reason, the 12″x12″ tile is actually a little smaller than that. (Makes no sense to me either!)The first step will be to cut the paper to fit the top of the tile. Place the tile on top of the paper and then use a pencil to trace around the tile.
Cut a little inside of the line you traced so the paper will fit on top of the tile. You won’t want any paper hanging over the edges.
- Once the Paper is cut out, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile. Place the paper onto the tile, starting at the top and working your way down removing as much air as possible.The paper will naturally curl, that is okay. Before the Mod Podge dries, apply a thin layer to the top of the paper.
The paper should be staying in place better now. Take the old gift card/credit card and gently rub and bubbles or creases out from underneath the paper.
Mod Podge down the edges extremely well.
Let the Mod Podge dry completely.
**I have tried to use spray glue for this step before and it DID NOT work.**
- Take the tile to a well ventilated area and spray a thin coat of the gloss top coat onto the tile.Wait a few minutes and then apply a second layer. Apply as many layers as needed until you have your desired glossiness. (Totally a word. ?)
Wait until completely dry (aka 24 hours) before handling.
- Apply the felt pads onto each corner of the hot plate.
The hot plate is now ready to be used!!
With the glossy coat, the hot plate is water resistant, and can be wiped down easily
Note: The first few times these are used with extremely hot items (i.e. a cookie sheet, or a hot frying pan) the hot item *may* stick slightly to the topcoat. I haven’t ever had any issues with it though. The pot would just ‘pop’ off, if you will, and then we would go on with life! After the hot plate had been ‘seasoned’ it didn’t do it anymore.
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DIY Tile Hot Plate
- 1 12"x12" white tile, from Home Depot
- 1 12"x12" craft paper
- mod poge, (or equal parts white school glue and water)
- gloss finishing spray
- 4 1 inch round felt pads
- paint brush
- old gift card/ credit card