DIY: Tile Coasters

The original idea for this post came from

This tutorial has made many rounds on the internetz, so many of you have probably come across it in some way, shape or form. But obviously, this one is best because I sweat over it, and take the highest quality iPhone photos. I should have instagrammed every photo to increase the target market. Rats! Next time.

For this project you will need:

-4″ x 4″ tiles
-sponge paint brush
-3.5″ x 3.5″ squares of paper
-3.5″ x 3.5″ squares of felt
-clear spray paint

1. Cut your pieces of paper. You may want them to match your decor, or not. It’s a personal choice. You could also use pictures if you feel like it. (Print them on regular printer paper though).


2. Apply a layer of modpodge to your tile, so that you can adhere the paper to it.

3. Glue down the paper. Make sure it is smooth with no air bubbles. Let it dry and then apply a layer of modpodge on top of the paper.

Do this layering process a few times. I did 3 layers of modpodge on top of the paper. Make sure that you let it dry COMPLETELY before going ahead with the second or third layer. If you jump ahead before it’s dry, it will make the paper bubble up. Be patient! Modpodge dries really quickly anyway.

4. Once the top layers of modpodge are dried, take the clear spray paint and apply a layer or two. Same goes for this step, let it DRY before adding the second layer.

I did my spray painting outside. You need the ventilation, and it dried much quicker!

5. Once the tile is dry, add the felt backing on the bottom. I used felt pieces with adhesive on the back already, I just had to peel and stick like a sticker. You can use regular felt if you want, and just use a strong glue to adhere the felt to the bottom.

VOILA! You have a beautiful set of personalized coasters to use in your home!

The cost for this is super cheap, too! I bought the tiles at Home Depot for 30 cents each. You probably have modpodge and scrapbooking paper lying around already. You might just have to buy the spray paint!


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