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How to Make Your Own Custom Tile Coaster With Scrapbook Paper

Updated on March 4, 2014
Custom made tile coasters can be made to suit any décor.
Custom made tile coasters can be made to suit any décor.

DIY Tile Coasters – A Great Gift Idea

Custom tile coasters are a great gift that even the smallest child can help in making. It’s so simple, and the results are so stunning that any friend or family member would be proud to display them in their home. Plus, the tile coasters are completely customizable, so you can make your coasters to fit any décor or holiday theme. It’s also worth mentioning, that they are inexpensive to make seeing as one tile at your local hardware store costs less than 20 cents each.

Tile Coaster Supplies

  • White ceramic 4 ¼ X 4 ¼ inch tiles
  • Modge Podge
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Felt or Felt Pads
  • Clear acrylic spray paint

I love this paper selection! It would make great coasters.

How to Make Your Custom Tile Coaster

The instructions are for how to make one coaster, but the process is easy enough that multiples can be made at a time even with little hands helping.

Start by measuring out a 4 x 4 square on the back of your scrapbook paper. An older child may be able to do this step, but it may be easier and faster just to do it yourself. Measuring the perfect square may be challenging to some kids.

Next, have your child cut out the square. This is easy for older kids, but could be a struggle for the preschool aged child.

Put 2 - 3 coats of Modge Podge on your tile coaster.
Put 2 - 3 coats of Modge Podge on your tile coaster.

Before beginning the rest of the craft you may want to put the tile on a safe spot. Paper plates work perfectly because you can put one tile on a plate and move them around where ever you want easily. Now, have your child cover the ceramic tile with a thin coat of Modge Podge. They can do this using a sponge brush. Any age child can do this step, no worries if a younger child globs it on. You can smooth out the mess when they are done.

Once the tile is covered with Modge Podge, you or your child can center the scrapbook paper square on the ceramic tile. Smooth it out a bit so it is flat on the tile. Then cover the paper with a thin layer of Modge Podge. Pay special attention to the edges of the paper, it may want to bubble up. If you do get any bubbles, just smooth them over with the brush.

DIY tile coasters as they dry.  The Modge Podge will dry clear.
DIY tile coasters as they dry. The Modge Podge will dry clear.

Next, put 2 – 3 more coats of Modge Podge on your coaster waiting about 15 between coats. For each coat, make sure the paper is completely covered, and the surface of the tile is smooth. Let the Modge Podge dry out completely, and then spray the tile with the clear acrylic paint. You will need two or three coats of the acrylic paint, but you only need to wait a couple of minutes between coats. Let the tile coaster dry for a couple hours making sure it is not still tacky before moving on to the next step.

After the paint is completely dry, you can cut out a 4 x 4 square of felt. Your kids can do this step. There is really no need to measure it; you can just eyeball it so that the felt will cover the majority of the tile. Glue the felt on the bottom of your custom tile coaster. Or, you could just put felt pads in each corner of the tile. The felt and felt pads keep your coaster from scratching any surfaces.

VOILA! Your custom tile coaster is complete and ready to give as a gift. You might want to buy a few extra tiles though. This craft is so easy and the results are so awesome, you’ll want to make some for yourself.

How to Make a Custom Tile Coaster
How to Make a Custom Tile Coaster

Looking for other great DIY gifts to make with your kids, try one of these:

Borax Crystal Ornaments

Gel Air Fresheners

Ribbon Windsocks

Custom Tile Coaster Tips and Variations

Only use regular scrapbook paper. Cardstock paper is too thick to stick adequately to the tile.

Between coats of Modge Podge you may notice the scrapbook paper puckering at the edges slightly. Try to catch this before the Modge Podge completely dries by smoothing over it again with the Modge Podge.

You can substitute photos for the scrapbook paper. What a great gift that would make for grandparents.

Consider using stickers on the tile coaster. This works best with scrapbook paper that does not have a wild and crazy pattern. It gives the coaster and extra punch or an added layer of personalization. For example, use scrapbook paper that looks like sand and add beach stickers. Or scrapbook paper that looks like ruled paper and add school supply stickers for your favorite teacher. You could even use sticker letters. Keep in mind, if you do use stickers, add a layer of Modge Podge on top of the stickers.

Put some Modge Podge on a paper plate and mix glitter into to it for a sparkly tile coaster.

Holiday scrapbook paper will make excellent coasters for Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving.


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    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this tile coaster looks cute and easy to make. Thanks, voted up

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Love the idea of the sports' coasters. I know they have logo scrapbook paper, or you could just use the team colors.

      I bet you could make hot plates with them. All it would take would be a 6 inch by 6 inch tile.

      Thanks for the ideas Alex!

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      6 years ago from Canada

      Very creative idea, I'm thinking you can also use a sport logo of your favorite team when you have people invited to watch a game.

      This might also work for hot plates if you could make them a little bigger.

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Thanks Ceres. We had a great time making the coasters, and it really is as simple as the instructions indicate.

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      6 years ago

      This is a very creative hub on how to make tile coasters with scrapbook paper. The images of the tile coasters look really nice and the designs were all wonderful. The other images were also very helpful in showing readers how they can make their own tile coasters.

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      I also love the versatility of making these coasters! I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I had never made tile coasters until about a year ago. I'm not sure why I waited so long! It's such a simple, versatile project. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • Krysanthe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Hull 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, Illinois

      Thanks so much for the compliments all. I love the idea doing them with the photos and a Chinese gift exchange. What fun!

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      Nancy Owens 

      6 years ago from USA

      What a great idea! I'm thinking they would make great party favors for family get together doings. For example, having family photos printed on the tiles, then doing a Chinese gift exchange with the tiles. People can trade and mix things up.

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      6 years ago

      Very good ideas for making coasters with tile and paper. Thumbs up and sharing.

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      Phoebe Pike 

      6 years ago

      Those are so cute!


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