Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DIY Wednesday: Mod Podge Tile Coasters

Hi There!

I completed my first post baby craft project! My little baby got her two month shots and as a result has been sleeping non-stop. I have been diligently waking her up to feed and change her but otherwise I can't keep her up. I took advantage of the quiet time to do a project I have been waiting to do. While in at my in-laws' a few weekends ago, my sister-in-laws and I decided to do a project together. My husband's aunt did these coasters for my mother-in-law. They were tiles that she stamped, colored and covered with some sort of epoxy. We decided we'd try covering the tiles with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. I did a set alone to figure things out and I think I'll eventually do another set with my sister-in-laws as a gift for my parents.

For a PDF printable tutorial, click here.

Mod Podge Coasters


Tiles (I got my tiles from the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $.30 a piece. I chose to use tiles with rounded edges to prevent injuries from sharp edges)
Scrapbook Paper (One 12 x 12 sheet did the trick for me. I chose to do two different designs for my coasters.)
Paper Cutter
Corner Rounder
Mod Podge & Paint Brush
Sanding Block (Optional! I thought roughing up the tile would help my scrapbook paper adhere better, but I tried both and didn't notice a difference)


Step One: Draw Outline

This is easy enough: flip your paper over and trace the tile onto your scrapbook paper.

Step Two: Cut Paper

In order to have nice straight edges, cut your paper with a paper cutter. I tried to do this with scissors, but to be honest, it's much easier to do with a paper cutter. I ended up tossing the paper I cut with scissors. I cut about a 1/4 of an inch from the outside so the the paper square was a little smaller than the tile. That makes it a bit easier to adhere the paper to the tile.

Step Three: Round Edges

Since I had tile with rounded edges, I used a paper puncher to round the edges of the scrapbook paper squares I had cut. If you don't own a paper puncher that rounds edges, you should get one! This is the one puncher I use all the time. I use it to round the corners of photographs to get a more professional look (especially with wallets). I also use it when I make signs for around the house or for cards. Rounded edges just look much more polished.

Step Four: Mod Podge Time!

First, spread a nice even layer of Mod Podge across the tile. Then carefully place the scrapbook paper on the tile and make sure it's center. (I just eyeballed it) Now, you need to put a nice thin layer of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper. I decided to alternate the direction with each coat to create a nice linen look. First, do all strokes right to left, let the layer dry, then do another coat top to bottom. Continue alternating directions with each coat allowing ample drying time in between.

I overloaded the layers I did because I knew wet substances would come into contact with coaster. (I think I ended up doing around five coats per coaster.) If you have Outdoor Mod Podge, that probably would be an even better option. I also did a quick spray of clear coat spray paint I had sitting around to add even more protection. Before stacking tiles, make sure you let them dry overnight especially if you're in a humid climate.

Step Five: Finished Product!

Enjoy your coasters and make a set for a friend!


1 comment

Jessica said...

Love this! We need some new coasters.

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