DIY Tile Photo Coasters

Pinterest is my new best friend. With my 40 Day Healthy Living Challenge well under way and the wedding looming, I’ve been pinning recipes and wedding favours/table plans/decorations like a woman possessed. I came across similar tutorials for these DIY Tile Photo Coasters on my Pinterest travels, and decided to give my own version a go! These would be perfect as DIY wedding favours or, if you have a little time before Sunday, a Mother’s Day gift (which is what I’ve made them for). All of the items used in this tutorial were purchased at Hobbycraft, except for the tiles which were bought at B&Q.

If you don’t want to use photos these would also be lovely with patterned paper – which would be perfect for wedding favours as they can match the colours and theme of your big day!

DIY Tile Photo Coasters

What you’ll need

  • 4 white sample tiles (or more, if you intend to make more coasters)
  • Sized print outs of your photos/patterned paper of your choice
  • Mod Podge Craft Glue in Gloss
  • Americana DuraClear Gloss Varnish
  • Felt in the colour of your choice (I used cream)
  • Extra strong glue
  • A pack of foam/sponge brushes

How to make your coasters

  1. Start by measuring your tiles. You want to make your photos (or patterned paper) to be a little smaller than your tiles. For example, my tiles are 3.7 inches (nice square tile!) so I made the height and width of my photos 3.4 inches. I used Photoshop to size them.
  2. Cut out your photos and spread a layer of Mod Podge over the back of your first photo with a foam brush. Carefully place on a tile and smooth out, starting from the middle of the photo working your way out to the edges. Make sure that there are no bubbles or lumps and bumps in the paper (one of my tiles is a bit lumpy – grr!). Repeat for the rest of the photos and tiles. Leave to dry for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo (it’s okay if this goes on the tile!). Try to go in one direction with the Mod Podge and your brush. Unfortunately you will get a couple of lines, but these are barely visible and I think add to the cute, home-made feel of the coasters. Allow this layer to dry for a further 15-20 minutes, and repeat 2-3 times. I did this over two days because of time (darn work!) but if you have a little more time to spend you should be able to get this part done in a day.
  4. Once the Mod Podge is dry we need to apply the varnish! This will make the coasters waterproof (handy!) and also give them a lovely shine and finish. I used Americana DuraClear Gloss Varnish from Hobbycraft, which I’ve found to be really nice so far. It doesn’t dry in streaks or blotches either. Apply a thin layer onto your tiles with another foam brush and allow to dry for 8-10 hours. Apply 2-3 coats of the varnish, allowing to dry for 8-10 hours each time. It may not necessarily take this long to dry, but I find it’s definitely hardened after this period and safe to work with!
  5. Time to cut out your felt! If you prefer, you can just cut out neat circles and apply them to the corners on the bottom of your tiles, however I decided to measure out the size of the tile on the felt and cut it out. In hindsight, this probably wasn’t a great move as I don’t have any kind of fabric scissors and my felt is fairly uneven. The idea is that the felt prevents the tiles scratching your surfaces, so it will still work, but it would have been nice to have even squares! (Sorry Mum!)
  6. Use extra strong glue on the back of your tiles and carefully stick your felt to the tiles. Allow to dry.
  7. If these are a gift you may want to tie the coasters together with a pretty ribbon. I did this for my lovely mum! (Ribbon is from Hobbycraft.)
  8. And there you have it! You’re done!

I can’t remember the last time I did anything vaguely crafty, so despite a few imperfections I am going to count these coasters as a success! I hope this post was useful, please let me know if you DIY your own tile photo coasters!

2 Comments
  • Rowan
    March 24, 2015

    These are so flipping cute! I have pinned these for later 🙂

    • Gemma
      March 24, 2015

      Aw thank you! 🙂

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