I love these DIY tile coasters! Yes I could definitely buy my own, but I can’t say I have ever been some where and saw coasters that I loved and absolutely had to have. Plus if I did they usually cost around $10-20. I can make my own set for less than $3 and customize them to look exactly how I want them to look. I have made a couple sets for myself and they also make great gifts.
I originally saw these tile coasters on Shanty 2 Chic and I was really excited to make my own. There are several ways to customize these either with scrapbook paper, maps, pictures, book pages, napkins, graphics and/or wrapping paper. I think these coasters have a vintage look to them and I love anything vintage.
Scissors or paper cutter
I got my tiles from Home Depot. A set of 9 cost under $4. While I was at Home Depot I opened up the plastic packaging and picked through the tiles to find the ones that weren’t broken. I started out by cleaning the tiles by running them under water and drying them to remove the tile dust. Next I applied two coats of Mod Podge. While that was drying I cut my decorative paper in 4×4 inch squares. Next I applied Mod Podge to the printed side of the paper. and placed it printed side face down on the tile and smoothed out the bubbles with my fingers.Allow that to dry. I suggest to wait at least an hour, or let them dry overnight.
The next step is like magic. Mod Podge somehow transfers the image. I swear is there anything that Mod Podge can’t do? I dipped my fingers in a bowl of water and with wet fingers started rubbing the layers off the back of the paper to reveal the decorative paper. It can take several layers to get it to the look that you want. Also the thicker the paper the more layers you will need to peel off. Be careful it is easy to peel the paper off down to the tile…and I did that a few times. However it is easy to wash it all off and start over again making it completely foolproof…perfect project for someone like me :-).