DIY coasters, easy coasters, tile coasters, make your own coasters,

Making coasters is such a simple and fun project to do! It’s great for getting the kids involved for a rainy weekend craft afternoon or during the holidays.

I often struggle finding coasters that I really love and end up settling for coasters that are just .. well .. OK. With this project you’re in the driving seat to match them to your home or mood. Create some wacky ones for when you are feeling in an adventurous mood. Or some bright colourful ones to match the flowers for use in the garden.

Kids will love getting involved and these would make a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day present especially if you use their own drawings to cover the tiles!

Here’s what you need to create your own coasters

DIY coasters, easy coasters, tile coasters, make your own coasters,
  • Some (old) tiles. I bought plain white ones for 40p each in a clearance sale, but old left over bathroom tiles will work a treat!
  • Decopatch glue or Mod Podge
  • Brush
  • Paper of your choice – (I had some music sheets left over from a clear out and a previous decoupage project, but any left over paper will do – wall paper, wrapping paper, old books, etc.)
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish – I used hard wearing yacht varnish, but a clear sealer spray varnish works brilliantly to project your masterpiece.
  • Felt pads

Here’s how you do it

Place your tile on the paper and trace the outline with a pencil.

Cut out the shape with a pair of sharp scissors.

Cover your tile in a layer of decopatch glue (or Mod Podge)

Carefully place the piece of paper on the glued area, lining the edge up with the edge of the tile. Gently rub the paper into place, working out any wrinkles or bubbles as you go, until the whole of the tile is covered.

Cover the paper with another layer of glue and leave to dry for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, add another layer of glue and leave to dry for approximately 1 hour until completely dry and hard.

After an hour take a small piece of sandpaper and gently rub down the edges until smooth. If you like to give your coasters a distressed look, you can follow this process to gently rub down the whole tile. I only smoothed down the edges on this particular project as I wanted to keep the music notes intact.

Once rubbed down, get rid of any dust and cover the tile in another layer of decopatch glue. Leave to dry for an hour or so until the glue has completely dried and is hard.

Once dry, take your tiles outside and cover in a layer of sealer spray until fully covered. Leave your tiles to dry overnight.

Once dried, attach some felt pads under the tile with some strong hobby glue. This will prevent any scratches on your work surfaces and will stop your tiles from sliding all over the place 🙂

Sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy your masterpiece(s)!

Happy crafting 🙂

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