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Heat-Resistant Pot Stands (DIY)

Heat-Resistant Pot Stands (DIY) – An easy mod-podge/decoupage craft, which is useful in the kitchen and make lovely gifts too.

Heat-Resistant Pot Stands (DIY) - Easy mod-podge/decoupage craft and makes lovely gifts too #HeatResistant #PotStands #KitchenCraft #GiftIdea

Besides, making candles, one of  my other favorite craft hobbies is decoupage and making these Heat-resistant Pot Stands are always a joy.

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 is 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.

Something else I also like to do is taking 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.

Heat-Resistant Pot Stands (DIY) - Easy mod-podge/decoupage craft and makes lovely gifts too #HeatResistant #PotStands #KitchenCraft #GiftIdea

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Heat-Resistant Pot Stands (DIY)


List of supplies needed to make heat-resistant pot holders:

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 final 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)
  • As this needs to be Heat-resistant, you then need to add another 3 or 4 layers of Hard Varnish. It has to be 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.

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.


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Zoe W.

Monday 14th of September 2020

These look great! I have been making these types of coasters for years and have never found a finishing coat that is heat resistant. I am so happy to have found something that might work finally! What is the name of the hard varnish that you are using?

Linda Nortje

Monday 14th of September 2020

Zoe, I use the Dala Deco heat resistant hard varnish (think it might only be available in South-Africa) but after some searching I found an article which mentions KBS Coatings 8304 Diamond Finish Clear Coat which is heat resistant up to 300 deg Fahrenheit

Natalie B.

Friday 19th of October 2012

Super craft, Thanks for linking up at Tutorial


Monday 8th of October 2012

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

Jann Olson

Wednesday 3rd of October 2012

This is a great project. Thanks so much for sharing how to do it with SYC.Hugs,Jann

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton

Wednesday 3rd of October 2012

Very neat project! Thanks for sharing!

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