pass the coasters – tile coaster tutorial

I’ve had a stack of plain paper coasters I bought to decorate with a paper Mod Podge technique for awhile. I thought they would be easy to have on hand when we have big groups of people over and really simple to store. When I saw this tutorial on Pinterest with tiles I thought it would be a great idea for more permanent coasters. 
4 x 4 white tiles from Home Depot were 16 cents a piece making this a super inexpensive project to tackle. Paint brush, Mod Podge, paper of my choice and a blade.
I measured out my tiles making sure to leave a small edge around all of them. I used those measurements to draw with pencil on the back of my paper to use as a guide for cutting. I always like to draw cutting marks on the backside of paper.
Used my metal ruler and a craft knife to cut out the paper squares in the right size for my tiles. I liked this teardrop paper for our living area but of course any paper would work for your house.
I glued down the paper squares onto the tile with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Make sure to evenly spread the Mod Podge and not drip it on so that you can have a clean finish. I’ve found that pressing down the paper prevents air bubbles too. After I pressed down the paper, I turned them on their good side and let them dry like that to keep everything straight.
Once dried, I did a few layers of Mod Podge on top of the paper and tile. I like to wait at least 30 minutes between applications. It is really humid now in Florida so things like this take  longer to dry. In some areas you may be able to get away with it when it is dry to touch. This is not the best photo but you can kinda see the wet Mod Podge around it.
Once the tiles were completely dried, I cut out some pieces of felt I had on hand to the backs of the tiles. I had a bunch of those felt circles you use for the bottom of the furniture on hand but of course I couldn’t find where I stored them. I hand felt from the 4th of July wreath I made so I used that. Either option would work well for this.
And there you have it – a simple set of personalized coasters for our home! 
While making these the idea of holiday coasters came to life. I started my Halloween ones already and showed them to a friend who now wants ones for Christmas and Halloween.  I better get started early and buy a box of tiles next time I hit up Home Depot ;)
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  1. Audra says

    Hi! I found you on the Homework blog link party. I love this idea, it would make a great and inexpensive gift! I will definitely be trying this craft :)

  2. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says

    I’m so grateful that you linked up in this week’s Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

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