To-Do Tuesday – Ceramic Tile Coasters!

So glad I found this little project idea!

Here’s what you need to get started:

Paper (scrapbook is used in these photos)

Paper cutter

Ceramic tiles (4X4-ish)

Mod Podge (Glossy)

Foam brush

Plastic tablecover

Minwax Polycrylic

Polycrylic Brush

Cork – rolls or precut circles

Steps

1.  Cut paper into squares to cover the tiles but leave a little white around the edges (to your preference).  I know exactly where on my paper cutter to cut now, because I marked it off 🙂

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2.  Lay out your tiles on a plastic surface and clean them with alcohol.  Carefully ‘podge’ the paper onto the tiles, placing it quickly into the right position and making sure to remove any air bubbles right away.

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3.  Let dry.

4.  After dry, ‘podge’ three layers on top of the paper, letting each layer dry completely.  I wait several hours between layers.

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5.  After tiles have dried for 24-48 hours, remove them to a well-ventilated area (outdoors or garage).

6.  Apply Polycrylic sealer to tiles, waiting several hours between coats.  I applied three coats.

7.  Apply cork backing.  I use a self-adhesive semi-thick cork.  You can also use felt.

8.  Enjoy!

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Tile coasters cannot be fully immersed in water even after sealed with Polycrylic.  They should be wiped dry.

Get creative with the type of papers you use…add monograms…use kid art!  Go crazy!  Use photos, album covers, pages out of books!  You will quickly learn the best thickness of paper to use (cardstock doesn’t do well).

Have fun!

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