A couple of weeks ago, I shared my DIY Sugar Hand Scrub which was one of the gifts I handmade for people this Christmas. Obviously, the guys weren’t going to like a pink hand scrub as a gift, so I came up with something else for them.
For them, I made a set of DIY tile coasters. These were perfect as you can make them for any personality!
- 4 x 4 Tiles
- Mod Podge
- A paint brush
- Assorted scrapbook paper
- Sheets of Felt
- Clear Acrylic Sealer
The tiles I got from Home Depot and I chose these tiles that weren’t smooth all the way around, rather than the subway bathroom tiles because I liked the way they look. You could use either one. I got 10 for less than $5.00.
Some of them had holes in them, so I had to use caulk to fill them and let them sit over night. Just one thing to think about when you are selecting the tile you use.
Everything else is available at a craft store.
Step 1 is to cut your scrapbook paper and felt to fit your tile.
Because the tile is 4 x 4, I cut my paper and felt to about 3.25 x3.25 but you could do slightly larger or smaller if you wanted. Just make sure your edges are straight because once these are sealed, there’s no changing them!
Step 2 is to coat your tile with mod podge.
I did a thin even layer for this step.
Step 3 is to lay your scrapbook paper on the tile.
Make sure you squeeze out any air bubbles and then allow the mod podge to dry for about 10 minutes or so.
Step 4 is to then coat your tile, with the scrapbook paper on it with mod podge.
Once again, I did a thin even layer. You may have more air bubbles, so just squeeze them out. I found that it’s easier to squeeze the air bubbles out while the mod podge is still wet and then use my paint brush to make the layer or mod podge cover evenly again.
Optional: After this layer dries, you can do a 2nd layer of mod podge.
Step 5 is to spray the sealant on your completed tile.
I finished all my coasters and then sprayed them with the sealant in one go. I found it best to take them all outside and lay them on an old box. I actually tried spraying them inside because it was so cold outside but the fumes were too much.
I did 3 coats of the sealant to make sure that no condensation from any glasses sitting on these would get through to the scrapbook paper.
Let your sealant dry completely before moving on to the next step.
I actually let mine dry overnight, not touching each other.
Step 6 is to attach your felt to the bottom of your coasters.
I found it easiest to put a very thick layer of mod podge on the bottom of the coasters and then press the felt onto it firmly, allowing it to dry. I tried hot glue and the felt would come right off so finally, I just resigned myself to using heavy layers of mod podge.
When they were dry, I pulled on the corners to see if they would come up easily. If they did, I used more mod podge on that corner and let it dry.
And you’re done!
I stacked mine on top of each other and tied them with a ribbon. Everyone that received them loved them! I don’t know how I’m going to top my handmade gifts this year!
Each set was pretty affordable, coming in at less than $5 per set of coasters!
What are your tile coasters going to look like?
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