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How to Make Your Own Custom Tile Coaster With Scrapbook Paper
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.