Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cutie Coasters

Jill was in need of a fun and unique gift for a couple people, and has this great idea: Tile Coasters! They are really fun and simple to make, and can be modified to fit the tastes of your recipient. Hers turned out so cute, we wanted to show you how she did it!

What You Need
  • 4 square ceramic tiles ( we used 4 1/2 x 4 1/2)
  • Decoupage glue (we used Mod Podge)
  • Paper- can be scrapbook, card stock, leftover invitations, monogrammed napkins, copies of love letters or song
  • Felt or cork board for backing coasters (Cork does make it easier to achieve a clean, professional look but will increase your cost slightly).
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Heavy-duty glue
  • Waterproof acrylic sealer, in a spray or paint can
First, clean the tiles with alcohol to remove smudges/fingerprints. Be sure you’re working on a non-stick surface like plastic or vinyl. The decoupage glue WILL stick to newspaper or card stock! (That’s it’s intended purpose.)

Optional: The grooves on the sides of each tile can be sanded down (we like the way they look, though). They can be painted, or sponged with waterproof ink before adding your paper. They can be gold-leafed or covered in ribbon at the end of the process.

Next,cut your paper into squares 1/4″ smaller than your tile. Have a stack of these cut to expedite the process.

Brush the tile with decoupage glue. Use a generous coat, since you want all parts of your paper to bond permanently. You must work quickly, as it begins drying immediately. Center your paper on the tile. Press the paper to the tile firmly, beginning in the middle and working your way outwards, eliminating air bubbles. Pay extra attention to the edges. These must adhere well, otherwise the paper will peel. Allow this layer to dry, 10 to 15 minutes.

Apply a layer of decoupage glue to the top of the paper. Make sure your brushstrokes are uniform and run in only one direction, as you will be able to see them (lightly) when the glue dries. Allow this layer to dry 15 to 20 minutes. Brush another layer of decoupage glue over the coaster. You can make your brushstrokes in the same direction or the opposite direction (horizontally).Continue adding layers of decoupage glue until you are satisfied with the look (we used three).

Then repeat the process of sealing with waterproof acrylic sealer, brushing on a layer and allowing it to dry. If using spray sealant, follow directions on the can. We waited at least one day before adding the sealer to make sure that the coasters are thoroughly dry.
When the coasters are completely sealed and dry, cut the felt to the appropriate size to match your tiles. Use the heavy-duty glue to affix the felt square to the bottom of the tile. The same process applies to the use of rolled cork board. Wait a few days before packaging to make sure that the adhesive no longer has an odor.
Stack and package your coasters.

We added initials to coasters & tied with a ribbon, but you can be as creative as you'd like! A creative and unique birthday gift!

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  1. How pretty! I have a ton of leftover tile from our fireplace and this would be the perfect way to use some of it up!

  2. Wonderful idea ~ you girls come up with the best things !!! ♥

  3. Do you think this would work with photos?

  4. What a fun gift idea and I like the addition of the monogram! I think it's definitely worth it to add the cork. Makes it look nicer, I'm sure and since the recipient will want to keep them forever, a nice little touch! Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree!

  5. I love this idea. Perfect for Christmas. May I post your Taco Seasoning recipe on my blog and give you credit for it? I just love it!

  6. So happy you guys like this!

    @Wife de Dingus, we think photos should work fine! Try it and let us know! :)

    @Kat, Absolutely! Glad you like it!!

  7. I've always wanted to try this. Thanks for the info!

  8. hi girls, thanks for the tute-- i never knew how people made cute coasters but your is even better with the initials! thanks so much for joining us at a crafty soiree!

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  10. This makes such an easy and great gift idea. Thanks for sharing at my Under $100 Linky Party!

  11. very cute! I might use this for christmas this year!

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  14. Very nice gift! I make these also. If you add embellishments to them, they can be used as paperweights!! Check my tile coasters out at
    Looking forward to following you.

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