Craft Tutorials

Easy DIY Coaster Tutorial

I recently made some coasters for Christmas gifts and they were such a hit!  Many have asked how to make them and they are SO simple that I thought I would throw together a quick tutorial for you all!

You will need the following supplies:

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-Hot Glue Gun or Permanent Glue of Choice (Such as Tacky Glue, E6000, etc)

-Scrapbook Paper

-Felt

-Mod Podge & Foam Brush for Application

-Acrylic Water Resistant Sealant Spray (such as this one)

-Blank Ceramic Tiles (I like the 4×4 size such as these)

First, you will cut your scrapbook paper the correct size for your tiles being sure you have a tiny edge of tile peeking out evenly on all sides.  If your paper fully covers the top of the tile without that edge the paper will not adhere nicely around the edges.  I cut my paper to a 4×4 square size and made 6 coasters at a time.  I also like to mix and match my paper prints instead of using all one matching print!  Once your paper is cut you will spread a thin even layer of Mod Podge onto the surface of the tile.  Carefully smooth your scrapbook square on top of the Mod Podge layer (working from the middle out to the edges) being sure you do not have any air bubbles.  Once you are happy with the placement of your paper you will spread another thin even layer of Mod Podge on top.  Be sure to go all the way to the edge and clean any drips that go over the sides before it dries.  After that layer dries fully you will apply 1-2 more coats being sure they are thin even layers. 

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Next, after your Mod Podge is finished you will seal the coasters!  Be sure you are in a WELL ventilated area ( I like to do this step outdoors).  Spray the tops of each coaster being sure to use a thin even coating and apply 2-3 total coats being sure to let it fully dry between layers.  It is SUPER important not to skip the water resistant sealant or your cups will stick to the coasters (ask me how I know….).  

After the sealant dries you are almost finished!  The final step is to put backing onto the tiles so they don’t scratch up your furniture.  I have used both thin cork and felt for this step and highly prefer the felt.  You will cut your felt to size like you did with your scrapbook paper.  I cut my felt into 4×4 squares and then glued it onto the back of the tile.  You can use your glue of choice and I have found that Tacky Glue has given the best results for my coasters but have also used hot glue.  Now, go make all the coasters and have fun with it!

~Amanda~

 

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