Wrote this last Thursday and btw, sorry for the lack of pics. I had the best intentions of step-by-step pics and then a final stack of coasters wrapped neatly with a bow. But in my Christmas haste I didn’t get it done. And now I’m finally posting this!
I’m wrapping up the last of the Christmas crafting and shopping before we head off this weekend for our first family celebration (and a funeral, sadly). Brad’s grandpa passed away last week on our anniversary, but before he did, Brad’s grandma said that she would love some more coasters like I’d made them before. These are so fast and easy and are one of my favorite DIY gifts to make. I also wanted to add another gift for Faith’s teacher, so I ran to the local home improvement store today for some tiles.
All you need to make this craft is:
4×4 glazed ceramic tiles (I get a full box of smooth white ones, which on sale today was $12, but you can also buy individually)
Mod Podge (I use matte but glossy would be fine, too…personal preference)
Scrapbook paper (or photos or wrapping paper…) cut into 4×4 squares
I love using a couple complimentary prints and doing two of each (for a full set of four coasters), but today also did a matching set of four identical coasters. With all the combination possibilities it’s a lot of fun, and you can do a bunch assembly line style. While the Mod Podge dries pretty quickly in between coats, I recommend letting them dry/cure at least overnight before stacking them to wrap. They might still be a little sticky and might require prying apart. I’ve had this happen with little-to-no “injury” to the coasters, but you don’t want to risk it.
Here’s how to assemble the coasters:
1. Put four (or however many coasters you want) on your work surface and coat each with a light coat of Mod Podge. I tend to work by two at a time.
2. Place a square of scrapbook paper on each and gently smooth it out on the tile.
3. Place a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of each one to begin sealing the paper. If bubbles start to pop up I gently push them down with my finger, but be careful to mess with it too much or you risk tearing or marring the paper. (The Mod Podge goes on white but dries clear, no worries!)
4. After the last coat has dried (about 15 minutes), add another light coat and keep repeating this process until you have 3 or 4 coats on each coaster.
5. Allow to dry and cure overnight and they’re ready to go!
*Just as a heads up, I’ve had issues with mugs of hot drinks sticking to the coasters a bit but they pry loose fairly easily. I assume the warmth from the mug softens the Mod Podge and makes it sticky again, but I haven’t had any major issues (coaster still in tact). Again I think the longer the Mod Podge has cured the less this is an issue.