DIY coasters from ceramic tiles
While prepping for our holiday party we knew that we would want to have a favor to give our guests when they left the party. We wanted the favor to be a custom item related to the party, but also inexpensive and useful. We landed on this coasters made from the same design we used for our party invites.
I had tried making these coasters before but was not 100% successful as the Mod Podge didn’t seem to fully set the design. I ended up with a coaster that got sticky and stuck to my cup when met with condensation. Not good! Especially if we had tile floors!
Anyways, my lovely husband looked into it and decided that if we used a shellac then we might get a better result. We tried this out and were super happy with the results. The final product will need several coats, but it is an easy process.
Note: Purchase your tiles at a local home improvement store. Amazon will try and change you like $1 each when they are $.10 each at Home Depot or Lowes.
Start but cutting out 4 in squares of whatever paper you want to use to cover your coasters. If you have extra scrapbook paper on hand this is a great time to put some cute pages to use. We have also had luck with printed pages from both our inkjet printer and laser printers.
Once you’ve got your squares ready to go place them on your tiles to make sure you are happy with them. Good? Good.
Lay out your newspaper (Or don’t if you’re brave like me) in your ventilated space and place your tiles on the sheets. Using your brush spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and then place your paper on the tile. Adjust the paper so it lines up as you want it and then cover with another thin layer of Mod Podge.
Let this sit for a few hours. When dry it will be time to begin the Shellac process. We did 4 coats on our coasters. We did one coat in the morning and another in the evening.
For the party favors we added g sprinkle of glitter half way through. If you are brave enough to have glitter in your home feel free to try this too. I am not that brave, but luckily the husband is. Go him!
Alright. Once you have enough coats you can add the felt feet to the four corners of your coaster. After that you’re done. I like to let them rest a day or two just so that the shellac can cure completely.
Need an easy gift? Make a set of four and put them in a cute box or tie them up with a ribbon. Done!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I gathered inspiration for this post from The Cottage Mama.
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