These coasters are one of my favorite gifts to give people. It’s great that you can personalize them for any recipient, no matter age or style.
I picked some tiles up from Lowes Home Improvement store, for literally pocket change (in the flooring section by the carpets). These five didn’t even cost me $2, and they are the nicer type of tile! I already had a porcelaine/ceramic paint pen on hand from some previous projects, but you can pick one up at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for, I think, only about $3. The pens come in multiple colors, but I chose black just because I felt it was the most versatile. Using the pen you just draw on whatever design you have chosen. If you mess up, the paint wll wipe off with a wet rag. You get as many re-do’s as you want! Once you’ve got things how you like them, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the tiles for about 30 minutes. This will set the paint so that it wont wash or scratch off.
I made four coasters with the cursive “S” on them, and one with the entire last name. What you choose to put on them is up to your imagination, and the font possibilities are endless! These would make a great gift for newlywed couples or christmas gift for family friends.
Note* You will want to make sure you stick some foam or cork dots on the bottom 4 corners of each coaster to protect any furniture surfaces.
Hey Guys! So I decided to make some more coasters. I’ve tried some new techniques since the ceramic pen I used in the last post. I jazzed these new coasters up with paper and fabric. This can easily be done with paper or fabric scraps you have around the house. You will also need some mod-podge to adhear these to your coasters. I bought 4 of the cheapest tiles they sell at Lowes Home Improvement or Home Depot (16 cents each). You can obviously buy more if you plan to make more than one set or if you would just like to have more than 4 coasters in your set. These coasters I got are 4 inch squares.
This means that if you are using paper you would probably want to use a 4 inch square of paper (or any shape smaller than 4×4). If you are using fabric I would use something about 5×5 inches so you have some extra fabric to wrap the around the edges and underneath to create a nicer look. Once you have this figured out, you basically just paint on the mod-podge onto the plain tile with a foam sponge brush. While the mod-podge is still wet you place the paper/fabric on top of this. I would wait about 5 min or so and then paint another coast of mod-podge on top. When covering the tiles with fabric, you have to wrap the excess fabric around the edges and underneath similar to how you would wrap a present. Use mod-podge on the bottom of the tile too to secure the fabric you wrap around.
Once all your mod-podge is dry, you can give your coaster a layer of clear protective spray paint to make them more or less water tight. Make sure you put some stick on cork or felt dots on the bottom of your coasters to protect your furniture surfaces!
These coasters to the left are the paper covered coasters! The brown one even has paper on it that has a texture to it (but you can’t really tell in this photo).
This is really a great, easy, and affordable gift for yourself or someone else. You can pick any paper or fabric you want so the possiblities are endless. (note: if you dont want to use a 4x4inch square of paper you could also cut shapes out of the paper and apply these to the coasters in the same way!). Enjoy and happy crafting!
I made these coasters as a gift for my friend for her new apartment! They were probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made.
I picked up some tiles from the Home Improvement store (Lowes). They were 33 cents each. They are kind of a taupe color but the white tiles are even cheaper at 16 cents a piece! I bought a porcelain pen from Michael’s Craft Store. It was only about $3 and some change. Then just draw on whatever your little heart desires! You let them dry for 24 hours (I’m not really sure if this step’s necessary), then you bake them at 300 degrees for 35 min and TA-DA! To make sure they don’t scratch the finish of your tables, I would put cork, felt, or rubber pads on the bottom. I just used the stick on cork circles and put one on each of the four corners.