How to: Make a DIY Pebble Bath Mat

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 a cool pebble mat like this fellow for $54.

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.


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DIY Pebble bath mat


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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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Sally on Dec 25, 2015:

At Dollar General I purchased the mat, rocks, and glue, all for $10 total. My only anticipated challenge is the weight, once completed, and the awkwardness of moving it!

Terrie on Nov 04, 2015:

I am working on a bath mat now and just came across this pin. Using clear silicone as the adhesive and smaller rocks.

Nancy A on Nov 04, 2015:

I have laminate flooring in a half bath; the toilet needs to be replaced and I had an idea of installing a small perimiter of these types of rocks around the new toilet.  Has anyone ever done anything like that?  Any suggestions and especially pictures would be much appreciated.

Anonymous on Sep 27, 2015:

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.

Jan Webster on Sep 23, 2015:

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

Kendin yap on Aug 31, 2015:

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

conrad on May 31, 2015:

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.

lst on May 23, 2015:

Having trouble finding rubber mat at dollar stores

lst on May 23, 2015:

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?

Anonymous on May 22, 2015:

How long do they tend to last?

Anonymous on May 15, 2015:

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

Julie on Apr 23, 2015:

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.

lovelady on Apr 15, 2015:

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?

Liz on Apr 12, 2015:

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.

Anonymous on Mar 15, 2015:

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.

Anonymous on Mar 14, 2015:

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!

Flodinek on Feb 17, 2015:

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.

Amanda on Feb 17, 2015:

Won't the water just drip and pool on the floor, though? It's beautiful, I'm just hesitant!

Anonymous on Feb 17, 2015:


Anonymous on Feb 15, 2015:

It has to be set in mortar and grouted for a shower application.

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