I came across a picture of one of these DIY hot pads on Pinterest quite a while ago and decided it would be a fun and usable craft to make with the boys. I have seen it done a few different ways, but below is the tutorial that I created using our method. I would recommend this method for children who are 8+ or who you are comfortable with using a glue gun. Younger children could do it with supervision perhaps. Enjoy!
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Sheets of Felt
- Pot Lid to Trace
Fold a piece of felt in half or place two sheets of felt together if you need a larger area, and trace the lid to a pot. The size lid you use to trace your circle is the size pot the hot pad will fit when finished.
Cut out the two circles of felt.
Place a layer of hot glue on one felt circle and then press the other felt circle on top of it so that they are fused together. You have to do this quickly before the glue dries though.
Hot glue individual stones onto the top of the circle of felt in any pattern you like. We picked up a few bags of rocks at the Dollar Tree and chose the ones that were smooth and flat. The more even they are in flatness, the better the pot will sit when you are done.
Total cost per hot pad: $1