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Tiles Make the Best Coasters
Hello, Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® friends! I’m Pam from The Birch Cottage and I’m so grateful to be back again this month to share with you how to make coasters from ceramic tiles.
As I was planning what to share with you this month, I had a few ideas, but finally decided to share this DIY project on how to make coasters from ceramic tiles. This is a project that you can easily customize to fit your personal taste and it’s a great handmade gift idea, too.
DIY Coasters Make A Perfect Handmade Gift
Spring and summer are busy times for families. Between Easter, weddings, birthdays, family reunions, Independence Day – well, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how busy we get during the spring and summer months with all the different family activities.
So, I wanted to share a project with you this month that might help you with your gift giving ideas. These DIY Coasters would make for a great gift for just about any occasion.
DIY Coaster Ideas
There are a lot of different materials that you could use to decorate your coasters and a lot of different themes. Here are a few ideas and themes I put together for you:
- Scrapbook Paper
- Wrapping Paper
- Comic Books
- Adult Coloring Book Pages
- Pages from Old Books
- Pages from Favorite Books (Harry Potter comes to mind)
- Family Photos
- Printed Graphics
- Paper Doilies
- Cricut or Silhouette Designs
- Favorite Soda, Wine or Beverage Labels
- Important Dates
DIY Coaster Themes
Before you start making your drink coasters, decide on a theme. That will help with your creativity. Here are some popular theme ideas:
- Super Hero – Use clippings from comic books or from images you find online.
- House Warming – Use modern chevron scrapbook paper and pair the coasters with a gift basket of goodies.
- Wedding – Use monograms or wedding date.
- Wine – Use wine bottle labels and pair with a bottle of wine.
- Travel – Use old map images from old maps or map images online.
- Family Reunion – Use old family photographs.
- Independence Day – Use red, white and blue themed paper or old images of Uncle Sam.
- Christmas – Print out your favorite scriptures or pictures of holly, poinsettia, snowflakes or wreaths.
Again, the ideas could go on and on. But, hopefully, these ideas will help to get you thinking about putting your creativity to work on your DIY Coaster projects.
And here’s a great hint: it really is easier to make up a bunch of these coasters at a time. You’ll save time and be way ahead of the game for your gift giving! So, without further ado, here’s how to make coasters from ceramic tiles.
How to Make Coasters from Ceramic Tiles
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- 4″x4″ ceramic tiles
- Scrapbook paper, cut into 4″x4″ squares (one for each coaster)
- Paper Cutter
- Mod Podge or Craft Glue
- Small paint brush
- Craft Glue
- Sealant (I used EnviroTex Lite’s Pour-On High Gloss Finish)
- Gather your supplies.
- Make sure your tile is free of dust and dirt. (I gave mine a quick wipe-down with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol dries super fast.)
- Cut scrapbook paper (book pages, wrapping paper – whatever you’re using to decorate your tile coasters) into 4″ x 4″ squares.
- Cut felt into 4″x4″ squares.
- Apply Mod Podge to the ceramic tile using a small paintbrush or sponge brush.
- Place scrapbook paper on the center of the tile and smooth in place using your fingers. (Allow time for the Mod Podge to dry before applying the sealant.)
- Apply sealant according to package instructions.
- Once the sealant is completely dry, apply glue to the back of the tile along the raised lines and press felt square onto the back of the tile. Place a book or something somewhat heavy on top of the tile and allow the glued felt to dry. Be sure not to use so much glue that it seeps through the felt or oozes out the edges.
Measure your tiles first
You know those 4″x4″ tiles? They aren’t really 4″x4″. Kind of like when you by 2″x4″ lumber. It’s not really 2″ by 4″. It’s really more reliably 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. So, what size are 4″x4″ tiles really? Honestly, it varies, but my 4×4 tiles were actually 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.
So, it’s a really good idea to measure your tiles and then cut your paper and felt accordingly. By accordingly, I mean you’ll probably want your paper and the felt to be a little bit smaller than the actual tiles.
How to Make Tile Coasters Waterproof
You’ll also want to make your coasters waterproof. I chose to use the EnviroTex Lite because it has such a beautiful, professional and almost glass-like finish. (The finish is so glass-like, that I had a hard time photographing the finished coasters without capturing the glass glare!)
It can actually be used on almost any type of surface: glass, ceramic and wood. The finish is heat and alcohol resistant and completely waterproof.
Although there are also spray sealants, the EnviroTex works so well, I haven’t even tried the spray sealants. If you try or have tried a spray sealant to make your coasters from ceramic tiles, I’d love to hear how it worked for you.
Make Harry Potter Drink Coasters
Our daughter Morgan is a huge Harry Potter fan. In fact, she recently got a kitten and has named him Sirius. I found a really cool Harry Potter-ish font online and made her a customized food dish for Sirius with my Cricut (you can read about it here).
I’m also thinking about making her some coasters using pages from an old Harry Potter book as an Easter present (her birthday is just too far away).
Our son Brandon is a superhero fan, so I’m thinking about making him a set of coasters with Flash, Green Lantern, Batman and Supergirl (for his wife). Our daughter Heather loves Elvis, so I think I’ll make her some coasters with an Elvis theme. You see, once you start, the ideas just keep rolling.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t have extra tiles, you can always use wood. No matter what you use, always waterproof it so the condensation from your glass doesn’t damage it.
I like to leave my coasters out in a little pile on my side table or coffee table. But you can also buy or build a coaster holder.
You can easily sand down the edges of your tile to make it not as sharp. But an even easier solution is to add corner bumper guards to them. These are usually put on tables but they work great for coasters too.
More DIY Projects
Well, I’ve certainly enjoyed our little time together this month! If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on how to make coasters from ceramic tiles, you might like to browse some of these other DIY projects from The Birch Cottage blog:
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Orginially published on March 14, 2015. Updated on March March 14, 2018.