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

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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 the rocks onto a mesh backing and then put into ceramic mortor base you put into the boot tray. The following day grout the rock like you would ceramic tile. Seal the grout and rock after the grout drys a couple of days with a gloss sealer and you don't have to worry about mildew. Makes a beautiful mat!!

Look's good but would this not be a bit hard on your feet getting out of the shower/bath.

what kind of glue did you use?  sorry , but I didnt see it in the directions. Thanks, its really nice!

I'd be interested to know whether it gets mouldy between the rocks too

Imagine my surprise at finding this while I'm playing on the internet as my similar project dries!  We live in the country, we hunt/fish/work outdoors amongst several other things that tend to add excess mud to our shoes.  I had a mat outside the door but it's always getting completely disgusting looking, the wind blows it away etc.  I've made trivits for the kitchen using the numerous pebbles etc my kids and even the hubby brings me home (how they find so many flat heart shaped rocks amazes me) So here's my project... 

  • rubber/plastic boot tray (black)
  • lots and lots of rocks... not necessairly flat but not sharp -I like to run around barefooted
  • clear waterproof adhesive (tube of kitchen/bath caulking)
  • Liquid Glass Epoxy Resin

First I dry fitted the rocks to make sure I had enough to fill the boot tray

then I dumped the all out and covered the tray in the caulking, smearing it around (this is just to stabilize the rocks).  Next I put the rocks/pebbles (and even a couple of pieces of lake glass for color) and arranged them until they filled the boot tray, to test I stepped around on them in my bare feet to make sure they don't hurt.  I let this sit for a couple hours to let the caulking set up a bit, then I poured liquid glass eposy resin over the whole thing so the rocks are just barely above.  This is HEAVY, there won't be any blowing away.  Leaving the rocks just above the epoxy will give something to scrape boots on, but having the epoxy will make it easy to hose off and clean as well as giving it a really cool perception of depth.    

I walked into a model home bathroom to find this look as an entire floor! It was amazing, just like your beautiful bath mat! Can't wait to try it. :)
I made something like this for the table a while ago and used an old showercurtainliner (washed) :-) and on top of it a piece of "screen" (fly) to adhere the rocks to. I used "Weldbond" glue. It is solid. Since I had gathered my own rocks I sprayed a varnish on top after; looks great!

Allie I would not use Mod Podge for this project if it will be in a place that will be exposed to water often. Mod Podge is water base and so will likely break down faster than a non-water base adhesive.

Could Modge Podge be used as the adhesive? Im new to using it..trying to use up my bottle! :)

Try using Liquid Nails for the Adhesive. Comes in a construction size tube! Best stuf ever! Get it at Home Depot, Rona, etc

Instead of a rubber mat, I just got a roll of shelving material from the dollar store and cut it to size. 

Can't wait to try this with Lake Superior rocks!
Do you think you can use this idea to make a trivet? I never seem to find trivets to match my kitchen. At least I can design it.
Love this! I have always loved rocks, pebbles, all the way to boulders. I have made rock gardens & walls from found rocks. This will be fantastic, adding nature to the inside

Just wondering if the rounded rocks make an uneven surface that could be unsafe to stand on and maybe a trip to the beach would be better--flatter rocks?

This sounds like a great idea. Can you use this pebble map for outdoors, like in front of the front door so people can scrape off the snow before entering? I buy these welcome mats and with the wind we get here, they blow off the front porch easily. Sometimes I find them, sometimes I don't. 

For those who have trouble getting the rocks to stick - I suggest Goop or E-6000 glue. Both can be found in any Walmart, craft store, or hardware store. Also, BE GENEROUS WITH THE GLUE. Expect to use several tubes of it.Get a good puddle of glue on the mat and smoosh the rocks into the puddle. I like these glues because they are strong and impervious to heat and water.

Blonde your ideas are great with one exception. Your comment on picking up river rocks "duh to those that bought rocks" was rude. Some people do not live in an area with access to the river.  For the person that posted this idea thank you! It looks wonderful and I can't wait to try it :) I think I will also look into Whitewater Woman's idea of the rocks attached to webbing. That sounds like an awsome idea as well. Thank you for sharing :)

LOL @ the dollar store flooring in that last picture... The previous owner of my house put the same flooring in most of our house also. I may have to try making these mats some time they look good.

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Also, these stones are found already stuck together on webbing at Lowe's in the kitchen/bathroom tile department. Someone mentioned using absorbant rocks. Probably not a great idea since it would be more likely to grow moss and mold.--Not a frequent crafter anymore, but a real River Rat. 

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