I gave away a LOT of photo gifts for Christmas last year, all of them homemade. One of the neatest projects I did was photo coasters, made very inexpensively with simple tiles from Lowe’s. Here’s a quick overview:
Photo Coasters: What You’ll Need:
- ceramic tiles (4.25 x 4.25) (found mine at Lowe’s for about $0.15 each)
- photos (sized to 3.75 x 3.75)
- Mod Podge
- sponge brush
- hot glue gun
- felt squares (3.75 x 3.75)
- clear acrylic sealer
Okay, these were very simple to make and they came out absolutely beautiful. First, brush a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the top of a tile. Place a photo in the center, smooth out, let dry about 10-15 minutes. Then cover the entire photo and tile again with a coat of Mod Podge. Let that coat dry, and repeat 2 more times.
If you’re planning on actually using these as coasters (and you should!), the next step is to take the tiles outside and spray with the acrylic sealer. Let the first coat dry about 10 minutes before adding a second coat. When all is dry, bring the tiles back inside.
Next, adhere the felt to the bottoms of each tile with the hot glue – I just went around the perimeter with a thin line of glue, and an “x” in the center to prevent lifting. Once this all dries… you’re done!
I gave the coasters as gifts in sets of 4, and they’re still holding up! I see them at Ellie’s grandparents’ houses each time we visit. :)