Sunday, May 15, 2011

Easy Peasy Homemade Coasters

I guarantee that if you google homemade tile coasters you will find instructions exactly as shown below somewhere, but since I took the trouble to take some pics of my experience making these, I'll just give you a little tutorial on how I did it - and it's super easy - and super cheap!

Gather the following supplies.

4" x 4" ceramic tiles (as many as you want) - I bought mine at the local hardware store for 37 cents each

fabric or paper squares slightly smaller than your tiles - I used fabric for these and then paper for a set I made for a friend


Krylon Transparent Indoor-Outdoor Sealer

Small paint brush or paint sponge - I used one of the blue handled flat brushes

Felt squares for the bottom of the coaster

Start off by giving the (clean) tile a coat of modpodge.


Then center your fabric or paper on the tile.  I used a ruler to smooth the fabric.

I let that dry for about 10 - 15 minutes, then I painted on another layer of modpodge, this time going over the fabric.

I gave each coaster 3 layers of modpodge, letting each coat dry for at least 15 minutes in between.

I let the last coat dry for 24 hours, then I sprayed each coaster with the transparent Krylon spray so that the coasters would be waterproof.  Sorry, no pics of the spraying, but I gave each coaster 4 coats of the Krylon spray, letting them dry only 1 minute between coats.  I let the last coat of Krylon dry for 1 hour before bringing them back in the house, where I left them for 24 hours before attaching the felt to the bottom.  I had self adhesive felt, but you could easily use a little craft glue to adhere regular felt, or even fleece.  

Here is the finished product!

For the set I made for a friend (again, sorry no pics), I painted the outside edges of each tile a dark purple and let that dry before I started the above steps.  I then used a lighter purple, patterned paper square, instead of fabric, in the center of the tile.

So, what do you think?  Easy and cheap right?!  Have you seen this somewhere else, and more importantly, have you made these too?  If so, please share!

 - Marsha -  
(I have got to get used to signing my blogs - even if I don't have a fancy font to use for it yet!  Forgive the inconsistency!)


Jacqueline said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow this is a great idea! These seem like a great gift for my sisters new place! Thanks for sharing and you should share this at my link party!
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elaine said... [Reply to comment]

Very pretty Marsha, I had used bigger tiles a few years ago and I also put small felts under them so they didnt scratch the wood surface.