My Dad had boxes of extra tiles at his house that he was going to toss. Naturally, I hoarded them. I figured I can use them for art projects; seemed so wasteful to just trash them!

Well, I’m glad I took them because they made for great DIY holiday gifts! I ended up making a bunch of photo coasters for friends & family, and I loved how they all turned out! Steel even came over one day and made a bunch too! It’s super easy to do. All you need are tiles, sponge brushes, Mod Podge, acrylic sealer, printed photos, felt, and a glue gun.

1) Select the photos you want to use.  Square it on your phone , then put it on a Word document.  Resize each photo to 3.8 x 3.8.  I squared the photos on my phone before putting it on a Word doc to prevent them from getting distorted during the resizing process.  Print & cut out the photos.
Printing Photos For DIY Coasters

2) Paint a layer of Mod Podge directly onto the tile. Then, position the photo onto the tile it & press it down from one end to the other.  Be sure to do it slowly/thoroughly to prevent air bubbles from getting in between the tile and the picture. Let that dry for about 20 minutes.
DIY Tile Photo Coasters

3) After the first layer dries, paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the picture, brushing horizontally, then vertically. Make sure the brush has enough Mod Podge so it glides smoothly across the picture because if it’s too dry, it may smudge the ink. Let the top layer dry for another 20 minutes.
Tile Photo Coaster

4) Take the tiles outside, and spray it with acrylic sealer, holding the can about 4 inches away from each tile.  Spray horizontally, then vertically. It dries pretty fast, but I was extra careful and let it dry inside overnight before I stacked & tied them with twine.
DIY Tile Coasters Acrylic Spray

5) Cut felt circles and use a glue gun to attach them to the corners of the tiles. This will prevent them from scratching people’s tables.
DIY Coasters DIY Tile Photo Coasters

6) Tie it with twine, tag it with love, and you’re done!
DIY Tile CoastersDIY Tile Photo CoastersDIY Tile Photo Coasters

Steel and I made a total of a dozen sets (that’s 48 coasters)! Everyone we gave them to loved them. See, hoarding always pays off!

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