Heat-Resistant Pot Stands {DIY}

Heat-Resistant Pot Stands {DIY} ~ This is an easy DIY Decoupage craft and makes a lovely gift to just about anyone ! #GiftIdeas #DIYGifts www.withablast.net
Besides, making candles, one of  my other favorite craft hobbies is decoupage. I have several completed projects and even more which I have bought supplies for already, but just can not seem to find time to get to them.
My counter tops are all Formica, which is definitely not heat-resistant. Now, I have bought some Pot Stands over the years, but only when I see one that I really like {which is not often, as most Pot Stands tend to look more or less the same.
When I am cooking, there are always a pot that needs to be removed from the stove to the counter, I usually place a pot holder {the fabric kind) or even a dish towel under it. I also like to take food in hot serving dishes to the dining table. These Pot Stands are perfect – and you can make them to suit your theme or color co-ordination etc.
These also make lovely gifts!
Any picture {scrap-booking has loads of lovely different ones} will do, however, the thinner the paper, the less coats of decoupage (mod-podge) will be needed.
Here is a list of supplies I used:
1.) Craft cutting mat
2.) Craft knife
3.) Sheet of paper with pretty pictures – I used a sheet with our BIG 5 {different sheets are available from craft stores with a multitude of themes}
4.) A plain pot stand – also available from craft stores {very cheap}
5.) Decoupage, mod-podge, varnish    *******see note below*******
6.) Craft paint – I used a creamy color as base and a metallic copper for the “rim”
******* The first few layers can be done using standard decoupage or mod-podge but the last 3 or 4 layers must be done with a HARD VARNISH which is HEAT-RESISTANT. This is slightly more expensive than the standard, but not much.
– Start off by painting the plain pot stand in a color you prefer – the background – I used a creamy color
– I painted a little rim with Metallic Copper as well – craft paints usually dries very quickly .. therefore I always do the painting before I start cutting my pictures
– It is always better to cut pictures which will be used with a craft knife, makes a cleaner and softer cut than scissors (best still – if you can “tear” a picture – but that technique will have to wait for another day).
– Once the pictures are done, paint a layer of decoupage/mod-podge over the base as well as a layer at the bottom of your picture – place them where you prefer on the pot stand {a note here: if you stick one picture over another – partially as I did – you will need more layers of decoupage}
– Use a rubber roller or your fingers to rub out any air bubbles on the picture – starting from the center and rubbing outwards.
-. Now, you can start the decoupage layers – my paper was quite thick – I used about 8 layers, waiting 20 minutes in between layering {once you can not feel the outline of the pictures anymore and it feels smooth – you can stop layering}
– Because this needs to be Heat-resistant, you then need to add another 3 or 4 layers of Hard Varnish which is heat-resistant – not all hard varnishes are heat-resistant – please read the label
The project is now done, but, unfortunately the heat-resistant varnish needs at least 7 days to “cure” before using.
Which one do you prefer? .. the decoupaged on the left or the store-bought on the right?
I am thinking of making a few for Christmas, if you have the same idea {or for any other day/gathering} remember to make it at least 7 days before needed.

16 thoughts on “Heat-Resistant Pot Stands {DIY}”

  1. This is a great idea, we are always using pot holders, etc. to set pots on. I like that these have the little feet to elevate them. The animal prints are a fun touch. Thanks for sharing them with us at Gettin' Krafty!

  2. what a great and very practical craft! Thank you SO much for sharing at happy hour and for the inspiration!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  3. This is such a great idea. And it looks pretty easy also. Thanks so much for linking at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Very cool! My parents have a fabulous marble counter-top that is totally heat-resistant, but our apartment has boring Formica counter-tops that aren't, so these would be perfect! Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  5. Great idea, and they look easy to make! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  6. Very fun – a great gift for sure. Loved and pinned. Thank you for sharing this at MightyCrafty Mondays…

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