Saturday, September 22, 2012

Heat-Resistant Pot Stands {DIY}


Besides, making candles, one of  my other favorite craft hobbies is decoupage. I have several completed projects and even more which I have bought supplies for already, but just can not seem to find time to get to them.

My counter tops are all Formica, which is definitely not heat-resistant. Now, I have bought some Pot Stands over the years, but only when I see one that I really like {which is not often, as most Pot Stands tend to look more or less the same.

When I am cooking, there are always a pot that needs to be removed from the stove to the counter, I usually place a pot holder {the fabric kind) or even a dish towel under it. I also like to take food in hot serving dishes to the dining table. These Pot Stands are perfect - and you can make them to suit your theme or color co-ordination etc.

These also make lovely gifts!

Any picture {scrap-booking has loads of lovely different ones} will do, however, the thinner the paper, the less coats of decoupage (mod-podge) will be needed.

Here is a list of supplies I used:


1.) Craft cutting mat
2.) Craft knife
3.) Sheet of paper with pretty pictures - I used a sheet with our BIG 5 {different sheets are available from craft stores with a multitude of themes}
4.) A plain pot stand - also available from craft stores {very cheap}
5.) Decoupage, mod-podge, varnish    *******see note below*******
6.) Craft paint - I used a creamy color as base and a metallic copper for the "rim"

******* The first few layers can be done using standard decoupage or mod-podge but the last 3 or 4 layers must be done with a HARD VARNISH which is HEAT-RESISTANT. This is slightly more expensive than the standard, but not much.

- Start off by painting the plain pot stand in a color you prefer - the background - I used a creamy color
- I painted a little rim with Metallic Copper as well - craft paints usually dries very quickly .. therefore I always do the painting before I start cutting my pictures


- It is always better to cut pictures which will be used with a craft knife, makes a cleaner and softer cut than scissors (best still - if you can "tear" a picture - but that technique will have to wait for another day).
- Once the pictures are done, paint a layer of decoupage/mod-podge over the base as well as a layer at the bottom of your picture - place them where you prefer on the pot stand {a note here: if you stick one picture over another - partially as I did - you will need more layers of decoupage}
- Use a rubber roller or your fingers to rub out any air bubbles on the picture - starting from the center and rubbing outwards.
-. Now, you can start the decoupage layers - my paper was quite thick - I used about 8 layers, waiting 20 minutes in between layering {once you can not feel the outline of the pictures anymore and it feels smooth - you can stop layering}
- Because this needs to be Heat-resistant, you then need to add another 3 or 4 layers of Hard Varnish which is heat-resistant - not all hard varnishes are heat-resistant - please read the label

The project is now done, but, unfortunately the heat-resistant varnish needs at least 7 days to "cure" before using.



Which one do you prefer? .. the decoupaged on the left or the store-bought on the right?


I am thinking of making a few for Christmas, if you have the same idea {or for any other day/gathering} remember to make it at least 7 days before needed.

Roy and I are in the middle of a great space saving/organizing project which I will share with you as soon as it is done. {Just hope my idea will actually pan out the way I saw it in my mind's eye - won't even be able to put the blame on a lame Pinterest pin if it doesn't work out...}

Later,



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16 comments:

  1. This is a great idea, we are always using pot holders, etc. to set pots on. I like that these have the little feet to elevate them. The animal prints are a fun touch. Thanks for sharing them with us at Gettin' Krafty!

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  2. I was searching and searching last year for this exact idea. Ic ould not find a heat resistant anything, even after discussing it with a few handy men! Thank you so much!

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  3. What a fabulous idea! I am pinning it :)

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  4. Super cute idea! I hate using regular hot pads because I'm always afraid they pan is still going to leave a mark on my wood tables. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. what a great and very practical craft! Thank you SO much for sharing at happy hour and for the inspiration!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  6. This is a great idea! I definitely prefer the ones you made! Thanks for linking up at Artsy Corner!

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  7. This is such a great idea. And it looks pretty easy also. Thanks so much for linking at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great weekend.
    Debi

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  8. Great idea. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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  9. These look great! Lots of great tips, too! :)
    Thanks for linking up to Artsy Corner!

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  10. Very cool! My parents have a fabulous marble counter-top that is totally heat-resistant, but our apartment has boring Formica counter-tops that aren't, so these would be perfect! Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

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  11. Great idea, and they look easy to make! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

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  12. This is a great project. Thanks so much for sharing how to do it with SYC.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  13. Very fun - a great gift for sure. Loved and pinned. Thank you for sharing this at MightyCrafty Mondays...

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  14. Super craft,
    Thanks for linking up at Tutorial Thursdays.
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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