How to Make Ceramic Tile Coasters with Napkins or Photos

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Make Expensive Looking Ceramic Coasters

Whether you are looking for an inexpensive and memorable gift or wanting to add some flair to your home décor, ceramic tile coasters are a great craft to consider. Coasters are handy gifts appreciated by many, and highly customizable. At a cost of about $.40 each, a set of four coasters costs little to make. Ceramic coasters can be customized with anything from decorator napkins to scrapbook photos, greeting cards, or your favorite photos. They can be decorated to match any décor or taste.

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You can add a cork backing to the entire back of your coaster. These pads are available on Ebay.
You can add a cork backing to the entire back of your coaster. These pads are available on Ebay. | Source

Supplies Needed Per Set of Coasters

4 Ceramic Tiles in the size 4" x 4"

Mod Podge or other White Glue

1 Sponge Brush

4 Decorative Napkins or 4 images sized to 3.75"

One small can of clear polyurethane or Envirotex Lite Pour On- High Gloss Resin

One paintbrush

One sheet of medium grit sandpaper or a medium sand block

4 -4" Cork pads for backing. (Felt can also be used but it does not look as professional)

Superglue

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Instructions for Ceramic Tile Coasters with Napkins

Customizing ceramic tile coasters with decorator napkins is very simple and a great project for beginners. This design is very forgiving and the folds and creases give the coaster its unique personality. Decorator napkins are available everywhere for under $2.00. I get mine at Party City.

  • First, select your napkin. Open it so it is one ply. Locate the company logo and make sure that it doesn't appear on your coaster.
  • Coat the the top and sides of the ceramic coaster with a thin coat of Mod Podge using a foam brush. Make sure the coat is smooth and even.
  • Place the most interesting design of the napkin on top of the coaster. Fold it over the edges of the coaster.
  • Allow the glue on the tile to dry for about 30 minutes. When the glue is dry, tear the excess napkin carefully off of the tile.
  • You can either let the napkin cover the sides of the tile or you can gently sand the napkins from the side with medium grade sandpaper.
  • Coat the coaster OUTSIDE with polyurethane or with the Environtex Resin. Use the manufacuter's instructions for preparation. Do make sure your coasters are in an area where they will not be subject to dust or dirt. Let the coasters dry overnight.
  • When the tile is dry, apply the cork to the back with super glue.

Tip: Any irregularities in the finish of your coaster can be sanded out lightly with medium grade (350) or finish grade (400) sandpaper.


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Environtex Lite is recommended for sealing photo coasters.
Environtex Lite is recommended for sealing photo coasters. | Source
Polyurethane can warp white photographs as demonstrated in this photo. A resin gloss like Envirotex Lite (above) is recommened.
Polyurethane can warp white photographs as demonstrated in this photo. A resin gloss like Envirotex Lite (above) is recommened. | Source
You can make coasters with photos of your favorite celebrity.
You can make coasters with photos of your favorite celebrity. | Source
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Instruction for Ceramic Tiles with Photos

Making coasters from ceramic tile with photographs is a simple craft as well. Photos can be enhanced with printing software to add interest. If you want to make your photo coasters look uniform, consider turning your photos into black and white or sepia before use. Photographs can be personally sized on the computer, printed, and cut to fit on the coaster.

First, print a photo to fit the 4 x 4 coaster. For a finished look, print your photos in a 3.75" size to leave a white border on your coaster.

If you are printing your photos from a home bubble jet or ink jet printer, the ink on the photo may smear when you touch it to put it on the tile or when you apply finish to it. To ensure that your photos do not smear, print them and spray them with an acrylic protectant such as Mod Podge acrylic sealant. Apply it very lightly and evenly to the entire sheet. A thin coat will dry in five minutes.

Cut your photos into 3.75" or 4" squares.

Apply Mod Podge glue lightly and evenly to the back of the picture. Make sure you cover the corners evenly. Place the glue side down on the tile and adjust the picture so it is straight. If there are any glue bumps in the photo, pat them down even with a paper towel. Make sure the top is smooth.

Let the glue dry completely for at least 3 hours.

Photo coasters can be finished with Polyurethane or with EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish. As you will see in the photo, polyurethane can warp a photograph. The EnviroTex Lite is a better sealant for this project. Mix according to the directions and pour a light coat onto each coaster outdoors.

Allow the coasters to dry overnight. When dry, add the cork tile or felt pads to the back of the coaster.

Other Ideas for Decorating Ceramic Tile Coasters

  • Use photos or logos from your favorite sports team to decorate ceramic tile coasters.
  • Add your favorite scrapbook paper to ceramic tiles to make coasters.
  • Use scrapbook letters from the craft store to make monogrammed ceramic coasters.
  • Size favorite photos to 4" x 4" and add them to coasters for a great memento or gift.
  • Permanently save your favorite greeting cards by turning them into a set of coasters.
  • Stencil your favorite images to the ceramic coaster for a handpainted look.
  • Maps of your favorite vacation spot are both beautiful and memorable when cast onto coasters.
  • A set of coasters with pictures of a beloved pet would be a great gift for a pet lover.
  • Covers from your favorite CD's can be trimmed and cast into a set of trendy coasters.
  • Movie tickets from a first date can be added to a set of coasters with other mementos for a romantic gift.
  • Music scores look beautiful when cast onto ceramic tiles and make a great gift for music lovers. A die cut image of an instrument can be placed on top of the music for a layered look.
  • Take a large 8" x 10" photo and cut it into four squares. Make four tiles and turn your photo into a ceramic tile "puzzle."

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for these details on using ceramic tiles to make coaster. You've got some great suggestions for designs and the fact that these could make a nice hostess gifts makes this a great hub.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hey Tammy - that actually looks like a really fun summer project to do with my girls!! I am going to try it! Beautiful idea for a hub! Up and everything!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

With the safety adminition to "Be careful with the Super Glue!" this should be a "Hub of the Day". Great idea for a great and lasting project. Up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

I love this idea! I am forever trying to get my kids to use coasters. I bet if I let them choose a picture for and create their own coaster they would be more likely to use them :)


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

What a beautiful idea for a coaster! Thanks for sharing this tammy. Voted up and useful.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I love it! This kind of project is right up my alley. Voted up and useful.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, tammy this is such a great idea, and I love making things like this. I love the idea of the photos and your tip about coating them to stop them smudging is really useful, nice one! voted and shared!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for your kind words RTalloni. These do make great hostess gifts. I appreciate it.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I am glad you find it inspiring RealHousewife. I want to see photos! :) Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is very kind of you Mr. P. Yes, we must be very careful with the super glue. I hope no one learns that lesson the hard way.. LOL! Thanks for visiting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for sharing that Ardie. If I let my older boys design coasters, they would probably make them with Zombies or Horror movies.. LOL. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your kind comment ComfortB! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Natashalh. It is a great craft with useful results. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Nell Rose. It is always a pleasure to see you.


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Lyn.Stewart 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

This is such an awesome idea for pressys etc. thank you.

voted up inter etc.


4youreyes 4 years ago

Tammy,

Excellent hub these would make great mothers days gifts with pictures of kids you've created a lasting memory. I can't wait to get to the supplies and try making some of these. The ideas are endless. Thanks for sharing.

Have A Good Day !


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Tammy, I love you to pieces but I will not be making coasters. I will, however, share this hub with my millions of fans. :) Okay, maybe hundreds!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting Lyn.Stewart. I appreciate that.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Great suggestion 4youreyes! I appreciate you sharing that. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks so much for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Aww.. why not billybuc? I do appreciate the share though. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


Audra 4 years ago

Tammy, I really like the iyems you created...awesome! I love the coasters that are made from photographs! Great ideas! Voted up and shared! Thank you!


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Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

I really like these Tammy. They are very unique and give that special touch to the home. Voted up!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Audra! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your gracious comment Brandym2012. I appreciate your visit.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

You are so full of great ideas -- never heard of this before but it's practical and beautiful. Voting this Up and Useful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Alocsin! This is a great craft for anyone wanting to make a living making crafts. Tiles are as low as $.25 each. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Excellent craft idea, tammyswallow! This is one my younger brother will love. He is always looking for new things to do with ceramic tiles! Thanks.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thank you, Tammy, for these great original ideas for coaster designs. The only experience I have had with making coasters is once on a cruise, a free class was offered. I still have the 4 coasters I produced but the free-hand designs are so awful I keep them hidden in a drawer. :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Rsusan. I hope he enjoys them. I appreciate you stopping by!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL Drbj. Coasters can take a lot of practice. My first few attempts at making something are always pretty rough- especially those clay "scupltures" I made in school. They all look like glazed.. lumps.. lol. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I think I might try these on Etsy. It looks like they will be easy on my hands. The dream catchers are getting too hard to make.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Neat ideas! I have coasters that are ceramic tiles but I did not think of adding material to the tops of them. I like the napkins option :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have seen this idea for using napkins to decorate coasters before but have not tried myself. It's a great option, as there are so many beautiful napkins out there. Thanks for the great instructions, tips, and photos!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Austinstar! These would probably be good on Etsy. I didn't realize you did dream catchers. My mom made those for many years. I don't do well with wiring and the tiny parts either. These are easy on the hands if you keep some art on the sides of the coaster. Otherwise, you will do much sanding. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for stopping by Christy. The napkins are my favorite too. They look so striking when they are complete. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading randomcreative. These are really easy and you can make many all in one day. I appreciate your visit.


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Great tutorial. I always wanted to try to make my own coasters!


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

Extremely useful and awesome! Your examples in the photos are beautiful. I will be putting to use in my new home. Thanks.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Tammy, great article. You are so creative when it comes to your ideas and such, very crafty:) That is a great trait to have. Voting up and all across but funny, well deserved as well. My wife likes doing things like this so I will be sure to share this with her. You done great on them. I see no reason in the world that you couldn't market these. They are beautiful. Well done Tammy.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and I love the way you introduce this with us. You are very creative. I learn a new thing from you. Good job, Tammy. I can't wait to vote and pressing the buttons here, except funny. Have a lovely day!

Prasetio


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for that wonderful comment LyricWriter. I think it is awesome that as writers we can all inspire each other and share our great ideas and talents. I really appreciate that. :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Prasetio! I appreciate your warm comment!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! I'm headed to the craft store to find these wonderful items! I can't wait to try this out and give as a gift! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful hub. :) (HUGS)


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Keri Summers 4 years ago from West of England

tammyswallow this is an excellent Hub, thorough, practical and imaginative, and I was going to say this is exactly why I follow you - apparently I haven't been but have remedied this. I think I see your name a lot on comments and just assume I am. Imagine, I wouldn't have seen this if cclitgirl hadn't shared (thanks cc). I would really like to have a go at making these.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

These are such great ideas! Your instructions are so well done, that the project looks easy to make, and the end results are beautiful. I love the idea of using photos printed off my computer as it would be a great way to display some of my favorite travel photos. Great hub, voted up and pinned!


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chelseacharleston 4 years ago

Great idea!!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What a great hub Tammy. I love things to have a design of some sort. Even at the store, when I buy paper napkins, I get ones with a décor, especially for holidays and such.

Great and interesting hub - voted such

John


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emilybee 4 years ago

Such pretty coasters!!! Fun coasters really add something fun to the table. Will have to try making some sometime!! Thanks for the great idea!


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laurathegentleman 4 years ago from Chapel Hill, NC

This is an amazing idea! Hello, Christmas gifts for this year! :)


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larcaustin46 4 years ago from Austin, TX

What a fun idea! This is definitely on my list of craft projects for the kids this summer--thanks for sharing such a detailed, informative hub!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for visiting CClitgirl. I appreciate that and it always wonderful to see you.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Keri! I try to focus on crafts that do more than just collect dust. I appreciate your kind words here and I look forward to checking out your work as well. :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Ms. Stephanie. These are really easy to make. Your travel photos would make beautiful coasters. ;) Thanks so much for your visit.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks cheleascharleston! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for sharing that John. With these you can have any design you want. I appreciate you stopping in!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks emilybee! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks laurathegentleman. These make great, unique, inexpensive gifts. Thanks for commenting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks larcaustin46!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful idea and coasters NEVER go out fashion.

I might do this with my kid over the summer break...bookmarking it Tammy!

voted up and sharing it.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida

Great idea and beautiful results!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Tammy, What a wonderfully easy craft idea. Love it! Thanks so much for writing about it. Bookmarking and voted up.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

What a great idea for a craft and it's useful too! I think I will try with the bigger tiles and make some for my pots in the kitchen. I am always looking for something to put my hot pots on. Wonderfully laid out hub and easy to follow. Thanks, voting up, and everything! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for your visit and kind comment Ruchira. These are really fun crafts. I appreciate your visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading Luis! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Cyndi!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks LaThing. Cool Avatar. You can use the bigger tiles for pots and pans and 4 x 6 tile to make a matching trivet for spoons and etc. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I hope you have fun with it.


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Shihab Mahmud 4 years ago from Dhaka

awesome idea and amazing results!


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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

I like giving a personal touch while decorating anything. These coasters shine as we can choose the napkins of our choice. These are all great tips for doing the same.

Up and useful.

Sharing with my friends here.


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Another wonderful craft hub from you! Your coasters are beautiful, your tips are very smart and the instructions are well-laid out. Keep on surprising us with more from you! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, awesome & beautiful. Voted up & Socially Shared.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

So beautiful, I'm pinning these!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This was wonderfully done. The Pics so helpful! Seems or looks like your kids did help. Great hub! and easy to follow. Pinning too!

LORD


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learner365 4 years ago

What a great Hub.The idea is too,too good and looks like fun.The instructions and the pictures you have provided with them makes it a lot easier to understand. I will look forward to try this craft out. Thank you for your effort and sharing :)


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shalycriston 4 years ago from USA

Yo! It's really amazing. Keep up this type of great info.


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Wow! I love this. Voted up, beautiful, and posted on Pinterest. Great work!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for your kind comment radhikasree!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for the comment iswaryaa22! I appreciate your kind words and your visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Sherry!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Lord. My little one helps with everything. I appreciate your visit.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much learner365. I appreciate you stopping by!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much shalycriston! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much clevercat! I appreciate the comment and the share!


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Wowie, just got an email and your coasters were repinned 19 times so far! Go, tammyswallow!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow theclevercat! I really appreciate that. I didn't know why I had a spike in traffic. Thanks so much!


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

86 repins off my board, this is a real pinterest winner!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

My statistics are going crazy today! Thank you so much for doing that. I added it and I only got about 20 views. I really, really appreciate it!


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I'm so happy for you! I had a similar thing happen with my Easter Egg hub, I pinned it and only got a couple of repins, but other people pinned it and it went wild.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I try to pin interesting things along with hubs to get readers. I pinned a simple cat photo and it got more than 3000 repins. It is amazing what takes off and what doesn't. I will try to find you on pinterest.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I'm pinning this, too. I've been wanting to make coasters ever since I saw some in the French Market in New Orleans last year that were made with post cards.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much DeborahNeyens! I bet those coasters were beautiful. I love French design too! Thanks for your visit.


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molometer 4 years ago

These ceramic tile coasters look great and have a very professional finish.

Using decorative napkins of photos is a brilliant idea.

Looks like a great activity for the grandchildren too.

Thanks for sharing these great ideas Tammy.

Voted up and all the buttons sharing.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for visiting Molometer. These coasters are easy and would be great for kids to make. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Wow! These would make great personalizes gifts, like with kid's pictures for Mother's Day! Great job explaining the process and all the things to watch out for!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

What a good idea. Will have to try this some time. I need new coasters.

Voted Up.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks rebeccamealey! I hope you enjoy making them. I appreciate the comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and commenting moonlake!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

What a great idea... I will definitely have to give this a try as I was just mentioning to my husband the other day that we need coasters for our drinks. This is also a great idea for Christmas gifts! I guess it isn't too early to start! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I hope you will try them. They are a great gift. I am making many Steeler's coasters for my friends for Christmas. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Tammy, This is a great idea! Looks easy and your instructions are wonderfully detailed. Pinning . . .


Cindy Railey 4 years ago

Do you use the smooth tiles or the rough tiles?

These are wonderful ideas and I can't wait to try them.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much for reading and sharing Sharyn's Slant!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Cindy. I use the smooth ceramic tiles and I also use slate tiles which are a little rougher. Bother work just as well. Thanks for stopping by.


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BritInTexas 4 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Absolutely fantastic, I'm so glad I found this article! I would never have known how to be so creative until now. Thank you for posting this!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Britin Texas. These are really easy and the options are endless. I appreciate your visit.


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

I was think of making photo ones of these as Christmas gifts this year. Me and my husband travel china a year or so ago and I think it would be a great use of some of our photos


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is a great idea daisydayz. There are so many tiles in different styles and materials. They make great gifts and people get perplexed as to how you made them. Thanks so much for your comment.


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woothie 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Fantastic! Beautiful idea.


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frugalfamily 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Awesome! Looks like a great thing to do with public domain photos too. I pinned it:D


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donabhatt 4 years ago from Hyderabad

Such a great idea...and I will definitely try this out.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks woothie! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is a very good idea frugalfamily. Great ideas! :) I appreciate the pin and the comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I hope you enjoy it donabhatt. Thanks for reading.


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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Excellent idea tammyswallow, loved this idea for coasters! well written and explained. I have a passion for all crafts and look forward to doing your suggestions here.Voted up and more!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Suzie HQ! I appreciate you stopping by.


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xanzacow 4 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

I absolutely LOVE your idea! Thank you for the great hub! Up, and interesting.


spavils 4 years ago

A fantastic idea, I tried this with wood coaster but the resin lifted off the wood, looks like it will stick much better to tiles. Just one question did you use a mould when pouring the resin on and what did you use for the mould?


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for the comment Xanzacow!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Spavils,

I haven't tried these on wood yet. Did you sand it first? I know resin sticks to wood bars. I don't put them in a mold. I just apply it to the surface with plastic underneath. I tried putting the tiles on cups to drip but the resin dries in bubbles under the tiles and makes a terrible mess. You can also set them on parchment paper to dry. If there is spill over, you can trim it and sand the edges smooth. Hope that helps.


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Excellent information provided. thanks


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks naimishika! :)


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Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

Great hub! I love the designs. Voted up!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Mommiegee! I appreciate your visit.


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PenHitsTheFan 4 years ago from Home

I love them. How cute! It's a great way to use up scrap fabric too.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks PenHits TheFan! I appreciate you reading and commenting on this hub.


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mzindependent 4 years ago from Texas

Wow, Tammy! Very beautiful and crafty. I love it!!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Very creative Tammy. I like this coaster with self choosen motif. Great design. Thanks for the information. Voted up and Shared!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Thelma Alberts!


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Green Art 4 years ago

This is a great craft idea! I love the fact that you can personalize it for the recipient. You have some beautiful examples here. Voted UP!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you Green Art. I appreciate it!


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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

Thank you for this great idea. I'm looking forward to make this project with my daughters as part of our bonding moments. Voted up.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hope you enjoy it glorgeousmom! Thanks for stopping by!


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

These are great creative ideas and another way of being self employed. I will surely shared this. Voted up and useful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks dwachira. This is one craft that makes a huge profit for anyone trying to supplement their income. Tiles are as low as $.25. A set of four usually sells for $20. It is also a better alternative to spending lots of money on a standard massed produced set. Thanks so much for your kind visit.


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Marylol 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

This is great, I am always looking for new craft ideas and this one is very unique. I tried it at home today and it looked smashing. Thanks for sharing.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

I am so glad Marylol! Thanks for stopping by.


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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

This craft sounds like FUN! Would like to make a tile coaster of a recent vacation to somewhere or if I'm moving from Florida a photo of me at WDW with at least a Character.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

That is a great idea talfonso. You could make a set for you and a set to give as a gift. I hope you enjoy making these!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Neato! I wonder if you could actually cement them to the wall in a low-traffic area? I think it would be neat to place four or more in a frame and have your own custom-tile mural. Tile murals are very pricey at the store.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi MizBejabbers (Cool name). You sure can. You could use these tiles in a kitchen backsplash or you could set them in grout on a wooden tray table.. kind of like a mosaic table would look. If you had a special pattern in mind, you could skip putting the coaster backing on your design and set them down as a floor. The possibilites are endless. Thanks for your comment.


Cynthia 4 years ago

How do the coasters hold up to a hot mug of coffee? I've been looking at making trivets with my photos but haven't found a sealer/finish that would hold up to a hot pot.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! What a great craft idea and your step by step photo instructions are easy to follow.

Voting this hub up across the board except for funny, and sharing.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nice idea especially with the holidays coming up.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Cynthia. For hot beverages, the epoxy sealant works best. It doesn't melt or end up with those melted rings in them. They stay perfectly smooth. Thanks for stopping by.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Happyboomernurse. I appreciate your wonderful comment.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Angelo. These make great affordable gifts!


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abbaelijah 4 years ago from Nigeria

hummm nice one there!

Thanks for the info Tammyswallow


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks abgaelijah!

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