We’re pretty obsessed at our house with personalizing everything! In this age when everyone takes pictures constantly with their phones, it’s always a little sad to me that hardly anyone actually prints pictures anymore! Not everyone has tons of wall space for framed photos, though, so these DIY tile coasters are a great alternative! Now you can show off some of your favorite photos in a practical way! I made these for my sister as a gift and it was such a simple process that now I want to make more for myself!
Print off your photos on regular photo paper. The regular paper (as opposed to a heavier cardstock) works better with the Mod Podge so your corners don’t curl up. I chose to use Instagram photos since they are already cropped square. You could just use the photos as is, but I used PicMonkey to add text. I wanted to include the captions my sister used on her Instagram posts since they were funny! This is a totally optional step, though.
Once you have your photos saved, insert them into a Word document. Then highlight each photo and resize to 4”x 4”. Print them off and cut out each photo.
Using a small paintbrush or foam brush, add a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the photo.
Center the photo onto your tile and smooth out starting from the center out towards the edges. You want to remove any air bubbles in this step. Let dry.
Brush a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. Be sure to seal the edges of the photo with the Mod Podge.
After this has dried, add a second coat of Mod Podge and let dry.
Set up your Small Spray Shelter. This step takes about 2.3 seconds since it just pops up on its own with no assembly required! This spray shelter is a lifesaver for anyone who likes to craft even through the cold winter months! You can see in the background that I have this set up in my crowded (messy) office, but I don’t have to worry about over spray because of the spray shelter's sides and bottom!
The HomeRight Turntable makes projects like this go so much faster! It’s really important to get all 4 sides of your coasters sealed with the spray varnish to make sure it is completely waterproof. With the turntable, I can rotate the tiles as I’m working to make sure they’re sealed the entire way around.
I did 3 coats of the spray varnish (letting it dry in between coats), just to be safe.
Once the coasters were completely dried, I took sheets of felt and cut squares out for the back of the coasters. This helps protect the table surface that you’ll be putting them on. I only needed 1.5 felt sheets for 8 coasters.
I used hot glue to adhere the fabric to the back of the tile coasters.
You can start using them immediately or wrap them up and give them as gifts! The tiles were only 15 cents a piece, so the cost is extremely low for such a fun, practical gift!
You can create these tile coasters for just a couple dollars! It's a great way to show off some of your favorite photos in a practical way! With the small spray shelter, you can even make these year-round without having to wait for warmer weather!