December 6, 2010

make DIY photo coasters from bathroom tile.

I've come across more than one blog tutorial lately on making your own photo coasters. I wanted so much to find a great DIY Christmas gift for the grandparents and great grandparents, so I was excited to check out the ideas floating around out there and figure out an easy, inexpensive Christmas gift that the kids and I could make for our family! After some tweaking, and some combining of different blog posts out there, I came up with some really adorable photo coasters that were affordable and lots of fun to make! Here's how I did it:

Materials:
4 X 4 tiles (I used white, bathroom tiles that I bought at Lowes for about 30 cents a piece!)
photos, cut to 3 X 3 squares
tacky glue
craft paint
sponge paint brushes
outdoor modge podge
hot glue gun
3.5 X 3.5 felt squares (for bottom of coasters)

I gathered my tiles, and cut photos of the kids to 3 X 3 squares.


I used glue to adhere the photos to the tile before sealing them with Modge Podge.


After gluing the photos to the tiles, I decided that I wanted to add a "kid" border to each coaster, so I sponge-painted a border on each coaster with craft paint.


I chose to use Outdoor Modge Podge for my coasters, to get some extra water-proofing from the condensation from glasses. I did 3 coats of Modge Podge on the coasters to seal them.


Once the Modge Podge had dried, I hot-glued 3.5 X 3.5 felt squares to the bottom of each tile, to keep the coasters from scratching tables.


They turned out really great, and were a big hit when we passed them out on our visit to Andrew's family this past weekend!


I'm so happy with how they turned out! I even let Bennet help with the sponge painting, so he could proudly tell Grandma and Great Grandma that he helped make their Christmas gift!


Making

4 comments:

Jill said...

I'm making these for little gifts this year too. I'd been wondering bout what kind of modpodge to use, but i think you're right to go with the outdoor stuff!

Erin said...

What a cute idea! I think I might steal this from you and make Jon some stocking stuffers using pictures of our cat and dogs. So simple and so adorable!

- Sarah :-) said...

They are super cute!! What a gerat idea... and you were able to adhere them and mod-podge them with the pics being on regular photo paper? Oh how fun!! This opens so many possibilities for making coasters.

Terri said...

Sarah - Yes, just a little tacky glue and a Modge Podge covering, and regular photo prints should adhere!

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