I’m a stickler when it comes to coasters. A glass or mug straight on a table is like nails on a chalkboard. So, these coasters are the perfect craft for me.
If you are a coaster stickler, too…you have to make your own tile coasters! They are cheap, fun, creative, and they protect your tables all at the same time!
Here is what you need:
Tiles ($.16 at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
Felt Rounds for bottom
I started out with tiles that I bought at Lowes. The ones pictured were $.33 each, and the ones pictured above were $.16. The $.16 tiles were flat and the paper sealed better than the stone ones.
The first thing you want to do is to measure how you want your paper cut and cut squares. I wanted just a little bit of the tile to show…so I cut accordingly.
Next you apply a coat of Mod Podge to the tile. Lay the paper on it and make sure it is sticking to the tile and there are no air bubbles. After you get them all Mod Podged you need to go take a break and let them dry.
Note: If you have one, use a regular foam brush, not a round foam thing…it was just all I had.
Once they are dry you apply another coat of Mod Podge on the tile. Let dry completely.
Add another layer of Mod Podge and let dry completely.
Once they are good and dry you need to spray them with acrylic sealer. This will make them waterproof. I purchased mine at Michaels, it is in the spray paint section.
Do this OUTSIDE…it is pretty potent stuff!! I just took mine to the garage and sprayed them on newspaper. Then let them sit out there for several hours before bringing them in. They were still kind of stinky, so I let them sit for a few days before using them.
Then bring them in and admire them
The whole point of a coaster is to protect your tables. SO…the last step is adding some felt pads to the bottom of the tile so they don’t scratch your table!
Note: I purchased my felt tabs at Lowe’s for about $3…and there was enough to do 5 sets of coasters. If you wanted a cheaper option you could cut a piece of felt the size of the coaster and hot glue it to the bottom.
There you have it…cute handmade tile coasters on the cheap!