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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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!
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.

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