Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Make Your Own Coasters

It seems those make-your-own-coasters all over the internet. To be honest, I didn’t know about them until a friend from MOPS told me how to make them.

And make them, I did. I made Valentine’s presents for family.  Pretty, pretty.

Rather than use photographs, I used pictures my kids painted and pictures of maps.

How-To Make Your Own Coasters

Tiles (Mine are Venetian tumbled tiles from Lowes, about 34 cents a piece!)
Mod Podge and brush
Cork, felt, or some sort of thing to put on the bottom of the coaster

Step 1: Cut or rip your pictures just smaller than the tile.
Step 2: Apply Mod Podge over the tile and adhere the picture. Apply Mod Podge over the picture.
Step 3: Let Mod Podge dry and apply another layer. Repeat. I did 8 layers.
Step 4: Apply sealer.
Step 5: Add on bottom.

So Easy!

Remember when the kids and I painted. We used those paintings to put on the tiles. (Acrylic paint on heavy textured cardstock).

I ripped the pictures to fit the tile. (The ones with purple and pink on the left would be by the girl, the ones on the right by the boy.)

I applied the Mod Podge.

In the photo below the tiles in the front have all their Mod Podge and the ones in the back are yet to be done.

Aren’t they pretty?
We wrapped them up with ribbon to give to the grandparents.

Here’s another set we made with maps.

You could make coasters of all the places you or some one you know has lived.  What would you put on a coaster?

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  1. I love that you used your kids art and maps! So clever. They look great!

  2. Wow! These are so cute...and I don't think I've seen this before - so thanks for sharing! I know what my parents and in-laws are getting for the next holiday! ;)

  3. These are really neat. I'm going to have to give this project a try. These would make great Christmas gifts

  4. Thanks for all the kind comments! The tile coasters are fun to make and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice they turned out. Plus, they're inexpensive to make!

  5. Great idea! And using the kids painting for a grandparent gift... love it!!

  6. I've seen these all over blogland, but I like your take on them! Love the idea of the kids' paintings and the maps look great!


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