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:

  • 1 rubber Welcome mat
  • 4 bags of river rocks
  • some contact adhesive

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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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!
Right!
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.
What about E6000 glue? Do you think that would work?
I have mine in a tray like a large cookie tray (industrial size), rocks are smaller and grouted. It stays in place, can be hosed off. And I don't have to contend with the rocks coming off. And the shower floor is wonderful. This is cleaned just like tile. No mossy build up and you should be fine.
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How do u clean it? Does it get slippery and slimy after a while or is there something to spray over it to make it easier to maintain? Lol havent made one yet but such a great idea, turns out I have everything I need ..fun :)

I just made this using river rocks from the dollar store and silicone glue.  I glued the rocks on a rubber door mat since I wanted to use it as a boot mat. Not only is it extremely heavy, but everytime I pick it up a rock pops off.  According to my husband what is needed is flexibility and you won't get that with rocks.  I have no idea how you got yours to stay unless you leave it where it sits and never move it. This project looks cool and I wanted to give it as a christmas gift, but how do you keep the rocks from falling off if you move it?

i like yours better than the $40 version! I may try this too. :-) thanks for the idea. 

Great idea! my daughters have been begging me to paint on rocks, now i know what to do with them after ????

can u use regular rocks 

Interesting post.  Never thought about this. Gonna try this at home when I got time.

I have a walk in shower with river rock on the floor. It is heaven on the feet and not slippery which is a lot better than a standard tile bottom. I would set this with grout, maybe in a boot tray. Good idea to use up the leftovers for the other bath remodel. It I'd not hard on the feet because the flat Sid of the rocks face up.
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Provenance...not providence.

I like your webpage architectural style graphics.  And your clever take on the smiley face icon.
 

@Eloise....A boot tray is just a mat by the front door to put your wet/muddy boots on. Most have raised edges to keep the muck from spilling onto the floor.

I have done alotof crafting and rock collecting and this is just my "cuppa tea! "

I hate sounding so dumb but what is a "boot tray"? Just not familiar with the expression.

They sell river rocks at Dollar Tree. They are really nice!

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