Friday, February 3, 2012

Ceramic Tile Coasters

When I saw this project on line, I knew I had to try it. Super easy and inexpensive and they end up looking like classy expensive coasters. So I went through the stack of scrap book paper that I had acquired (I buy it when it goes on sale, so I rarely spend more than 33 cents per sheet). I chose a muted swirly design that I thought would work well with lots of different decor and whacked it to pieces with my trusty paper cutter. (What, you don't have a paper cutter? Well you must not be a crafty teacher then. :) It is a worthwhile investment if you do projects with paper regularly, but I'm sure a ruler and a scissors or a rotary cutter would work just fine.)

You'll need the following:
4- 4 1/4" ceramic coasters (These were on sale for $0.11 a piece at Menards recently)
1- 12" piece of scrapbook paper of your choosing
Mod Podge and a foam brush for application
1- Square of felt or scraps of fleece if you have them on hand instead
Fabric glue
Supplies for cutting paper and fabric (I used a paper cutter and a rotary cutter)

My total cost for a set of 4 coasters (minus glue) was around $1. I never buy anything full price though, so $2 may be a more realistic total.

I cut my squares 4 1/8" by 4 1/8" so there would be a tiny little border around the edge of the tile. The tiles angle just slightly at the edge, so having a little border makes it easier to get the edges to lay down flat--but your tiles might be slightly different.

Next, apply the Mod Podge to the top surface of the tiles with a foam brush. Apply any excess on the edges of your paper before you lay it down. If you want a little more wiggle room once you've laid the paper down, put on a little more glue--it will allow you to slide the paper around more.

After the glue has dried, use the foam brush again to apply a layer of Mod Podge over the paper to seal it. I allowed that coat to dry and put on a second coat. If you're worried about drippy drinks, you may want to coat the coaster with some acrylic sealer once you're finished, but the Mod Podge finish should be fine for light use.

Once your coasters are dry, you can then finish off the rough underside of the tile with a piece of felt or fleece. I had some felt squares lying around ($0.20 at Walmart), so I used the tile itself as a template to cut the felt with a rotary cutter and a cutting board. In order to keep the felt from being larger than the tile, I slid the bottom and right edge of the tile just slightly over the edge of the felt and then used a the rotary cutter to very quickly cut the material. Using a pen to mark the felt this way and then cut with a scissors should work just fine too.

Glue the felt squares to the bottom of your tile using a fabric glue like Tacky Glue.

When I was done, I ended up with a classy looking set of tile coasters. I was pleased with my project, and when I showed them to hubby he said, "They cost how much to make? You could totally sell those!" This is high praise from the man who puts up with my piles of in progress projects. :) I'm not sure I want to start churning out tons of coasters, but they would certainly make great gifts.


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