Inspired to start making some great gifts for the holiday season, I decided to try and create some coasters. This tutorial will show you how to make coasters with tile, scrapbook paper and a little Mod Podge. The best part about this craft is that it can be turned into a very beautiful, inexpensive gift – all for less than a few bucks worth of supplies.
- 4 Tile Coasters (I found for 11 cents at Menards)
- Paper Cutter
- Mod Podge
- Brush, for Mod Podge application
- Paper Cutter & Scissors
- Paper Towels
Step 1: Measure and cut 4 pieces of paper to fit on the tops of your tiles. This measurement will depend on the size of tile you have purchased, but I choose to cut my paper about 1/2″ less than the width and height of the tile to allow for a border.
Sorry for the glare in my photos! I was underneath the light in my dining room and you can see the reflection in the tiles!
Step 2: Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tile.
Step 3: Place the paper on top of the tile and press down. I allowed this to dry for about an hour.
Step 4: Now that the paper is adhered to the tile and won’t slip around, apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper and around on the sides. When you apply the Mod Podge you will notice that your paper will look white. Don’t worry about this, it dries clear.
Allow your project to dry fully. I often apply another coat of Mod Podge once it is dry and go through the process again.
Step 5: Cut a piece of felt the same size as the paper you cut for the front of the tiles. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the tile and then place the felt in the center. Allow tile to dry fully before you handle. This is the back of the coaster and will allow you to move the tiles around without having to worry about scratching any tabletops.
If you are creating these to give them away immediately, you might also add a spray sealant over the top of the tiles. I’ve read online that it takes Mod Podge approximately a month to cure fully before it is safe to put hot beverages on top.
I like to package 4 tile coasters together and tie with a large organiza ribbon when presenting them as a gift. The same process can also be done to add a photo on the coasters. What ideas do you have for making tile coasters?
UPDATE – TROUBLESHOOTING
Since completing my project tutorial using Mod Podge on the tiles I have had several questions and comments left from other users that I wanted to address in my main article so that anyone can read these tips before you begin.
1. If you are using a thinner paper, it is recommended to give it a spray of the acrylic sealer and allow to dry and harden a bit before you add it to the tile.
2. Several people have mentioned getting lines during the application of the Mod Podge (from the brush strokes). On the Mod Podge website they recommend wetting a piece of sandpaper and sanding gently in-between the coats in order to make the finish smooth. Be very careful to do this lightly and with a fine sand paper.
3. Stickiness. Mod Podge can take up to a month to cure fully. Store in a dry place and don’t stack them on top of each other until they are dry completely. If you need them much sooner than a month, try applying several coats of the clear acrylic sealer.
Thanks so much for reading my tutorial. If you have any additional questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to leave them below!