Placemats of stone

Stone placemats

We recently purchased a new dining room table.  We decided to downgrade from our black, bar-height, solid wood table that could fit eight people.  It was just a little too big for the place we’re in now and as much as I loved it, I was ready for a change.  I found a great Ikea table and chairs on craigslist.  It’s still black and pulls open to seat eight if needed but it’s normal table height and fits nicely in our dining space.  The one problem I have with it, and I knew this going in, is that it’s cheap.  The tabletop seems to keep getting scratches in it from things I wouldn’t think would cause scratches.  It’s been a little frustrating but like I said, I knew it was a cheap table.

I hate tablecloths so I knew that wasn’t an option for trying to save my table.  So I’ve been looking for place-mats.  When I saw these stone ones, I knew they would be a perfect fit for our house.  They look super expensive but they’re just 12 x 12 stone tiles that you can buy from any home improvement store.  I’m assuming they have that stiff mesh on the back so I’d probably put a felt backing on them to make sure they didn’t cause any more scratches on my table.

photo credit not known

UPDATE: For those of you looking to purchase something like this… here are a few options I found…  Click on the photos below.

Multi-Color River Stone Placemats

White River Stone Placemats

Black River Stone Placemats

Ochre River Stone Placemats

There you go. :)


  1. Dee Harrell says:

    Very nice. What about cleaning?

  2. Royce says:

    Where can I buy these?

  3. Mlgstudy says:

    I have a ceramic idea that will need the felt on the bottom as well, but was thinking hot pad/trivet this might work for that as well

  4. Marlene says:

    Nice! But what do u use to put them together? And what about the cleaning??

  5. Elise says:

    Did you have any issues with dishes sitting flat on these? You know that whole wobbly table effect when a rock gets stuck under one leg of the table? I’m curious if this causes that issue with the dishes.

  6. Debie says:

    Super smart idea!!! Going to check this out!

  7. George Cinna says:

    OMG thank you!! What a brilliant and simple DIY project. I’ve seen these at my local building supplies store (Bunnings Warehouse here in Oz).
    I think a backing of some sort will be crucial, not only to prevent scratches from the mesh but also to stop any of the stones falling off as they are not all that secure on their mesh backing.

  8. michelle says:

    I am going to make these this week and will use an epoxy to cover them so they can be wiped clean with no crumbs getting stuck in them.

  9. Yvrhomelady says:

    They look great. I love the earthy look but, maybe it would work better as a mat under a potted orchid on a coffee table, or a fruit bowl on a dining table. I don’t think it’s practical as placemats, as cleaning and storing them could be an issue.

  10. Pat Luck says:

    My 6 yr. old Granddaughter loves rocks! While on vacation I bought her a “rock trivit” like the placemats shown, only round shape. A few days later we were talking about the “trivit” and she couldn’t remember the word trivit, so she came up with the word “cooker pad”! Needless to say it will always be a “cooker pad”….these are wonderful to use as a trivit, the rocks get very warm and keeps your dish warm as usual….

  11. dale sobol says:

    does anyone know where i can get these in Ontario, Canada?

  12. chris e says:

    Try using them on a piece of plywood for a decorative pic

  13. Jan says:

    I love these but can’t find them in Ohio. Any suggestions ??

  14. Jan says:

    Where can I buy these in OHio? I have checked the 2 major home remodeling stores here (Home Depot and Loew’s) to no avail.

  15. Eliz says:

    The dollar store, specifically “Dollar Tree” sells river stone for $1 by the bag. For the backing I would use mesh or the shelf lining, also from the dollar store. If you Mod Podge the stones it would make it easier to wipe down. Hope this helps.

  16. Rachel says:

    Love this idea, I’m going to try it. Live just up the coast from you, can’t wait to get started! Thank you for posting!!!

  17. You could also use any cheap plastic placemat.

Leave a Reply