How to: Make a DIY Pebble Bath Mat

By: Lilybee Jul 15, 2008

created on: 07/15/08

Just finished this mat to go with my Bathroom Redo. It has a peculiar providence, I was mooching around the CB2 website, doing a little window shopping and I spotted this fellow for $39.95 created on: 07/15/08

Me: 'Hey, I had that idea too!' I just didn't get around to doing it!"

My Sweetie: "So you're saying they stole your idea from inside your head?"

Me, kinda indignant: "YEAH"

Him: "Would you like me to make you a tinfoil hat?"

Crazy aside, here's how I made the mat.

I used:

All from the Dollar store.

created on: 07/15/08

I smooshed down the glue then arranged the rocks. Not hard at all. In retrospect I think it would have been better to start in the center and work my way out. It's also probably best to let the glue set for a good 24 hours before walking on it.

The only difficult part for me was to not try and arrange the rocks too much, I didn't want straight lines or uniform colour, but it's hard to let go of the whole symmetry thing. I think it turned out pretty organic looking though. It feels really lovely on bare feet and the rocks get shiny when they are wet. created on: 07/15/08

I haven't had any problems with slipperiness... yet.

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But if you have to buy the rcks for $10 + S&H $10, wouldn't that cost twice as much as buying one? I love it, but can't afford that.

I made one of these mats years ago but I use it at the front door for boots and shoes.

Simply amazing idea! I have to try this as soon as possible. Thank for sharing...

You could use polyurenthane to get a better sealant and or apoxy, just poor a flood coat over it, just don't poor to make a flat surface. Great idea for outside of shower. A simple cheap glue will not work, also if a sturdier/ heavier duty sealant or flood coat is applied just to where you can still feel the rocks, you will be able to clean easily as so no mildew will grow. Just wipe clean after each use. It may still warp and crack or whatever but just move only to clean under.

Having trouble finding rubber mat at dollar stores
Having trouble finding a rubber mat at dollar store. They have one that has a type of rubber on one side and a felt like on the other. Suggestions please?

How long do they tend to last?

did you flip the mat over and use the bottom rubber side ?

You can also glue rocks like this on old kleenex boxes with silicon cauck than finish with a spray shelac very heavy but super cute and homey.

I also did a table top with sides and once the rocks were in place I added liquid apoxy to it very cute as well.

So want to try this! I've got a creak out on my land, and have rocks for constant use (: after gluing, couldn't modge podge be used and a spray sealant over the top of rocks to hold down better?

You can make something similar for outside to set into a garden design, which gives the stones a more level surface - make a frame/tray with  scrap ply and wood, held with a couple of nails, and put a thin layer of sand in the bottom. set the pebbles tightly, right side down over the whole surface then cover with cement. when completely set, pull the frame off, turn over and brush off the sand. It is probably better in small squares rather than a large size though, which might crack.

If you have a grouted shower floor, it is no different than having a nonslip tiled floor. No slip hazard. Not any more than a standard shower floor, actually less than a fiberglass unit. Everything needs to be cleaned, regardless of what material is used.

might be lovely to look at  until you break your neck slipping on it. rocks and water dont mix. dangerous for the elderly for sure!

Amanda, are you asking about the floor mat or the shower floor? I wouldn't use this as a mat without some precautions but it is great for outside. I have the shower floor pebbled and LOVE it. Best change I ever made.
Won't the water just drip and pool on the floor, though? It's beautiful, I'm just hesitant!
It has to be set in mortar and grouted for a shower application.
Love the rock idea. Can you glue it straight onto the bottom of the shower stall? I dont have enough money to remodel but i can afford this.
I have made these using smaller pebbles , to make place mats, and coasters , for garden , and tea party's .. very cute
I have made these but smaller rocks, making placemats and coasters , for garden, and tea party.
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