If you are a regular follower of my blog or my Instagram page you will know I am a bit passionate about concrete… there is something about its moon like dapple and it smooth tactile finish that makes it one of my favourite craft mediums.
I previously shared a Concrete Pinch Bowl Tutorial and now I want to share a tutorial for a Concrete Trivet with Honeysuckle pattern.
It is the perfect addition to my new kitchen, as I need something to protect my lovely walnut work surfaces from hot cups of tea.
I bought a mould from Former.NU a Swedish company which ships to the UK.
They have a wide range of moulds especially for use with Creative Concrete. However, this trivet tutorial will work just as well will a plain mould or even a homemade mould made from recycled packaging etc…
Working with concrete is not difficult as long as you follow a few simple tips.
Firstly, make sure you grease the mould. I used olive oil, but you could also use coconut oil, vegetable oil, walnut oil, any oil really but this is really important because if you don’t you are less likely to get a really clean finish when you turn out your piece.
I use Viva Decor Concreate for Creatives for all my home decor concrete crafts.
For this trivet I used approximately 500g of concrete mixed with 70ml of cold water. You should add slightly less water to start with and then add more if needed as it is very easy to add too much water. If you have water pooling on top of the concrete after mixing, you may have added too much water.
This isn’t a project where you want to use your best breakfast bowl. An old plastic bucket or ice-cream tub will do well with an old wooden spoon/spatula. I use an old discarded halloween bucket for mixing concrete.
So, the mould is greased and the concrete is mixed, add half of the concrete to the mould first. This will make it much easier to remove any unwanted air bubbles which could ruin the finish of your final piece.
You need to sit the mould on a baking tray and then bang the tray on a hard flat surface. This pushes all the bubbles in the concrete to rise to the top and pop. It is worth spending some time at this stage as it will really improve the look of your finished trivet. Now add the remaining concrete mix. Tap the tray again until the mix is flat smooth and bubble free.
If you have got the water to concrete mix correct you shouldn’t get water pooling at the top and it should be relatively firm to touch within 10 minutes or so. It will take between 2-4 hours before the trivet is hard enough to tip out on to a soft surface such as a towel.
It will fully harden and lighten over the next 24 hours and I waited 48 hours before I added the sealant to ensure it was fully cured.
Once it was cured, I used Rust-oleum Crystal Clear – Matt, to seal the trivet and ensure that it would not stain should I (…when I) spill tea or coffee on it.
I really liked the finish of this sealant because it protects the concrete without ruining the look of the raw material. Any liquid spills sit on top of the sealant allowing it to be easily wiped off without staining.
Then just add 6 rubber feet to the bottom of the trivet to protect work surfaces from being scratched when the trivet is moved.
I am so happy with my Concrete Trivet. Making something functional for your home yourself is hugely satisfying and will give you years of joy.
One final piece of advice. Don’t wash your concrete covered tub or spoon in the sink once you have finished. Otherwise you risk blocking your sink if it sets in the pipes.
Instead, wait until it is completely hard and the it will scrap out really easily and you can discard the bits in the bin and it will leave you with a relatively clean bucket.