When I moved last year, I had trouble finding coasters for my house. I perused the local home goods stores but I couldn't find any coasters that I liked. After browsing the internet, I found this tutorial and tried it out; the coasters were a hit! All of my family members got a set for Christmas.
I've made several adjustments to the coaster-making process that are different from other tutorials I've seen. I've included my own directions below.
- Tiles - I started with white ones and have since ventured into other colors. The colored tiles tend to be a little more expensive, but they are still cheap.
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge - I use the original matte, but there are many varieties.
- Optional: Acrylic paint that matches your tiles (doesn't have to be the exact same color)
- Brushes - one for the paint, one for the Mod Podge
- Felt, or something else to line the bottoms. I used shelf liner for these, but I discovered later that sometimes the liner sticks to the tops of other coasters when they are stacked.
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Hot Glue
Step One (optional)
I'm a little bit of a neat freak. When I first started making coasters, it bugged me that sometimes, the sides were not evenly painted like the tops. Now, I paint the sides of the coasters with an identical color (see the black coasters) or a color that matches well.
For the "cocoa" colored tiles, I chose to paint the edges white.
Cut your scrapbook paper into uniform squares. A paper cutter is ideal, but scissors are fine. The paper below is from The Paper Source and can be found here.
Make sure your tiles are clean and then apply a coat of Mod Podge. Once the tile is coated, adhere your scrapbook paper. Make sure the paper is FLAT, especially around the edges!
This stuff is the best! I can't believe I didn't hear about it sooner.
After the first coat of Mod Podge dries, apply another coat on top. The bottle says it dries in 15 - 20 minutes, but I would wait as long as possible. At least an hour after the top coat dries, I like to apply a second coat to make the coasters more durable. Make sure to Mod Podge the sides too, if you covered them in paint.
The Mod Podge will dry clear, but it will leave slight lines.
When I apply my second coat, I brush in the opposite direction.
Once the tiles are dry, take the shelf liner or felt and cut it into squares to fit the bottom of the tiles. The shelf liner ensures that the tiles won't scratch your furniture. I use hot glue to adhere it; once the glue is cool enough to touch, I press down on it for a few seconds to make sure it sticks.
UPDATE: For later tiles, I used felt. I found that when I stacked my coasters, the shelf liner would sometimes stick. At home improvement stores, you can even buy adhesive felt circles that are meant to go underneath furniture so it doesn't scratch the floor. These circles work great!
Mod Podge takes a while to "set," even though it appears dry right away. Let them rest for a while before using them and try not to stack them otherwise they get sticky (especially if you use the shelf liner!) The coasters are water resistant but not waterproof, so don't submerge them in water. If they get dirty, they usually wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Enjoy your coasters!