This is one of those DIY projects that can be addicting because there are so many possibilities. They are also really affordable. I definitely went through a phase where I was making them all the time. Which was great for our table tops, but not so much for storage. If you're looking for a fun, quick DIY project, or a great gift, these are super easy and fun to make!
4 White Square Tiles from Lowes or other kitchen supply store (they cost 16 cents each at Lowes)
Scrapbook paper/photos/wallpaper (whatever you want to cover your coasters with)
Cork or Felt for the underside
Start by cutting your paper to fit the top of the tiles. I love mixing and matching scrapbook papers to create a "set." You could also do photos, maps, letters. Any paper will work for this. Some people like to leave a border around the edge of the tile, others like the paper to be flush. It really doesn't matter. When I'm making a large batch, I use my Silhouette machine to cut out perfect squares, but you can totally free-hand it as well!
Next, spread your modge podge over the tile. You don't need a lot but you do want it to cover the whole tile in an even layer. Place your design or scrapbook paper on top of the modge podge before it dries (you want to work quickly) you have a few seconds where it will be tacky and you can move the paper, but then it will stick. Let it dry.
Once its dry, using a paintbrush or foam brush you are going to add another layer of modge podge on top of the design. Again, you want to use a thin, even layer. Let it dry and then add a second layer. Let that dry too.
You will want to seal your coasters with some kind of acrylic sealer. I use this if I know that its just going to be cold drinks. If you're planning on using hot drinks they can sometimes stick to the coaster. Its honestly not that big of a deal but it bothers you, you can actually use engine sealer for a car. It sounds crazy but its clear, high gloss, and it can withstand up to 500 degrees (which I'm hoping your coffee isn't). So it's what I use now. I also make hotplates for straightening irons using this method, and the engine sealer works like a charm!
Spray in a well ventilated area and let dry. That's it! You're done. Wrap them up with some twine or a pretty bow and you have a cute, inexpensive gift. Here are some of the different combos I've created. What color combinations would you choose?
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