Now that I have a freshly made batch of my Homemade Mod Podge, I was all set to make a project that’s been on my want-to-do list for quite awhile. I’ve seen these DIY tile coasters around on Pinterest and some of my friends and family have made them too. They’re cute, easy, and cheap. My kind of craft project!
To make these coasters, you get some 4-1/4″ square ceramic tiles from a home improvement store (like Home Depot) and decoupage scrapbook paper to them using a product called Mod Podge.
The ceramic tiles are super duper affordable (usually sold for about 10 cents apiece), and if you have lots of odds and ends of scrapbook paper you might have to fight the urge to make like 50 coasters.
So how did the homemade Mod Podge work? Was it of the same quality as the store bought stuff?
(For the recipe click here = = > > Homemade Mod Podge )
I was VERY happy with my homemade Mod Podge. Loved it, in fact.
The main difference is that it doesn’t have quite as high of a shine to it. BUT – this also resulted in the brush strokes not being as obvious and gave it a nice smooth finish. Because this project requires a spray sealant anyway that gave it a glossy finish, everything worked out perfectly. Based on this project, I’m giving homemade Mod Podge a big thumbs up!
DIY TILE COASTERS
You will need:
4.25″ square ceramic tiles
Sheets of scrapbook paper in the patterns of your choice
Mod Podge (homemade or store bought)
Foam sponge brush
White felt (I used the (9″x12″ sheets of adhesive backed felt)
Spray Acrylic Sealer
1. The first thing you’ll need to do is cut squares from the scrapbook paper that are just slightly smaller than the tiles. One way to do this is to trace around the tiles and then cut just a little bit inside the lines. Trim as needed to get the fit you want.
2. Brush some Mod Podge onto the tile and then lay the square of scrapbook paper on it to adhere it to the tile. Smooth it out with your fingers as needed, making sure you get all the way to the edges.
3. Next, brush a coat of Mod Podge over the paper, again making sure you get all the way to the edges.
NOW COMES THE TENSE MOMENT – Bubbles happen with Mod Podge, even the homemade Mod Podge. If you’re really into Mod Podge, you can even buy these bubble fighting smoothing tools. You will need to smooth out any bubbles that crop up, pressing out toward the edges.
I just used my fingers for this step and was happy that I got smooth results. Try not to drive yourself bananas on this step.
4. Let your coasters set for several hours to dry.
5. To make sure your coasters will be waterproof, finish them off with a coat of spray acrylic sealer (I used Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer with Gloss Finish which worked great. Krylon also makes a product like this). This will give your coasters a nice gloss too.
6. To keep the tiles coasters from scratching your furniture, you’ll want to put some felt on the back. I used the sheets of peel-and-stick adhesive backed felt that I bought for 99 cents at Hobby Lobby. Cut a square piece slightly smaller than your tile and stick it to the back. You can also do this with regular felt and craft glue.
And that’s it!
So . . . . what shall I make next with my homemade Mod Podge?
I’d love to hear your ideas 🙂
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