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.
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.
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.
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.
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!