DIY Photo Coasters
By Amy Gordy
Handmade gifts are the best, and these coasters are functional, beautiful and made with love. They’re great for moms, grandmothers and teachers, and the kids will love helping to choose the images!
- 4-by-4-inch ceramic tiles
- 4-by-4-inch image collage squares (Walgreen’s photo website has a template)
- Felt or cork
- Mod Podge
- Small paintbrush
- EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish
- 4 Dixie Cups
- Clean Popsicle stick
- Hot glue
1. Create groupings of your favorite photos and put them into a square collage format. I used the free app Fuzel Collage. Once you’ve designed a set of four, upload the images to your favorite photo lab’s website. Walgreen’s offers a 4-by-4-inch option. Pick up your prints and cut them out.
2. Cut felt or cork into 4-by-4-inch squares.
3. Cover your workspace in thick paper like paper grocery sacks, or use a plastic tarp.
4. Wipe down the tiles to make sure they are dust-free.
5. Apply Mod Podge to ceramic tiles using a small paintbrush and place pictures on top. Paint a thin coat of Mod Poge over the tops of the pictures, and press the edges down to lay flat on the tiles.
6. Allow to dry completely.
7. Place each tile on top of a Dixie Cup to raise it off the work surface. Mix the sealant according to the package instructions and pour it equally in the center of each tile. Help it to spread evenly with the Popsicle stick. Be sure the edges of each tile get completely covered. As sealant gathers and drips from the sides of the tiles, continue to wipe the edges smooth.
8. Small air bubbles will appear in the sealant. Gently blow on them with the straw and the carbon dioxide will pop the bubbles. (I sprinkled a tiny bit of gold glitter on the tiles at this point to add a little sparkle!)
9. Let the tiles dry completely. Flip them over and affix the felt or cork with hot glue. This will protect tabletops.