Saturday, October 6, 2012

DIY Photo Coasters!

I was on Pinterest when I saw a diy project for pretty scrapbook paper coasters but got to thinking that it would be just as easy and probably cuter to make coasters out of photos so that's what I've done and I just had to share it!!

Each coaster costs about .50 so they're super cheap, super easy and would be a GREAT holiday gift coming up!! I know I'm making several sets for my aunts and in laws! And they're personalized so people will LOVE them!!

What You'll Need:
4x4 Tiles (I found mine at Lowe's for 16 CENTS a single tile but I ended up buying a huge box of 80 of them for only $10 because I knew I would be making so many!)
Felt
Fabric Glue
Instagram Photos (click here: How To Print Instagram Photos for another post on how to get your instagram photos printed!  They're the PERFECT size for this project, no measuring, cropping or cutting photos needed!)
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Acrylic Spray (Clear) (this makes the coaster water resistant so the photos don't get ruined or curled)



What To Do:

** The reason this was SO EASY is because I didn't have to cut or crop any photos to the 4x4 tile- I had my Instagram photos printed as 4x4 squares so they fit PERFECT. For information on how to do that, visit my blog post about it:  How To Print Instagram Photos.  If you chose not to do that, just take any photo and cut/crop it into a 4x4 square!

1. Mod Podge the actual tile.  This helps the photo adhere better to the tile.

2. Place the photo on the center of the tile IMMEDIATELY after the tile has been 'mod podged' so the photo adheres better.  Then, cover the photo with mod podge. 

The mod podge will dry clear, just make sure you have an even coating and that all of the photo is covered.  Again, this will help it adhere better and stay 'glued' to the tile.  I did several coats but waited for each coat to completely dry before adding another coat to make sure it didn't get all 'gloopy' on me.  

3. Apply felt to the back of the tile.  This will make sure the tile doesn't slip around on a surface or scratch it.  I used tacky glue on the felt and just stuck it to the back of the tile! I didn't specifically measure the felt, just kinda 'eyeballed' it. 



4. Last and finally, 'waterproof' the coaster by spraying it with clear, acrylic, water resistant spray.  This will make sure the coaster is water proof and keep the photo protected. I used Krylon clear, glossy spray.  Again, I did several coats of this but waited for each coat to dry before applying a new one.  


Ba-Da-Boom-Ba-Da-Bing you're done! That's it!! I told you it was super cheap and easy :)
I'm so excited to make these for Christmas for our friends and family! They're useful, personalized, cheap, and so easy! 

xoxo

21 comments:

  1. that is such a good idea! i love it. thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Pinning this to my Pinterest! I think I'll honestly make some of these for Christmas for the grandparents!!! I might even do some with quotes or other beautiful images for my sons preschool teacher and our friends! Thanks!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I made a few with quotes on it for a housewarming gift and they loved it!! Great idea!

      Delete
    2. I like the idea of quotes. Did you free-hand them or... how did you do that? haha. Thanks.

      Delete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi, I know this is an older post, but I LOVE this idea. I was wondering how you did it when you used quotes. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What kind of tiles did you use? Can you use the smooth kind like in the bathroom or are the textured ones that are more textured? I want r make these for Christmas so help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I made one tonight and I used the smooth ones for a bathroom

      Delete
  6. What kind of paper did you use? Photo paper or plain printer paper??

    ReplyDelete
  7. Same question as above...photo paper or plain printer paper for all pictures and quotes?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I too had the same questions. I am using smooth tiles and glossy photo paper (printed my own pics). Just started, but looking good so far.

      Delete
  8. I'm having problems with colours bleeding when I put Mod Podge on the face of it . I printed the pictures onto photo paper. Anyone know what I can do to stop this from happening?

    ReplyDelete
  9. I just used this tutorial to make coasters for a secret santa gift for my work and it turned out perfect! Thank you for posting this! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you for the great idea! I will start today creating Christmas presents for my family.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I seriously love these! I have made a bunch of these already. I gave some coasters as a gift and I was told that the coasters stick when hot items were placed on top. Is there a way of fixing that?

    ReplyDelete
  12. Did you use photo paper or regular paper? How long did the project take? Start to finish

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, I really like your post because the information which you given in this blog is really extra ordinary.
    coaster art

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wow, I really like your post because the information which you given in this blog is really extra ordinary.
    Photo coasters

    ReplyDelete