Howdy friends! This DIY project was one of my favorites I did… last Christmas! These DIY photo tile coaster sets were a hit and I still enjoy using mine today.
I love hand making things and giving gifts with meaning so I decided to DIY tile coaster sets for several important women in my life. Each coaster set was different and matched the person who received it – the cat lover got a cat themed set, the dog lover got a set with her beloved dog’s photos, my mom received photos with our family pictures. It was a fun project matching the things people loved to a product they could continually use. Since I got very specific and sentimental with the photos I chose, 3 of 4 recipients cried (in a good way) when they received these.
If you’d like to make some DIY photo tile coaster sets for gifts this year or just want to make some for yourself then keep reading for the DIY instructions in spoken and written form!
DIY Tile Coaster Set Instructions
In case you prefer listening to instructions, there is a video sharing the step by steps!
DIY Tile Coaster Set Instructions
Step 1: Get your supplies together!
Supplies needed for this DIY project:
- ceramic tiles 4.25″ x 4.25″
- mod podge
- foam brushes
- rust-oleum crystal clear enamel gloss spray paint
- felt pads
- paper trimmer
- pictures printed out
Step 2: Gather 4 photos you want to use for the coaster sets. I chose 4 inch x 4 inch photos so there was a small edge around the photos that acts like a frame. Print the photos out on computer paper.
Step 3: Cut the photos out!
You can use scissors to do this or use an exacto knife for a cleaner cut. I used my scrapbook paper trimmer to get a clean edge.
Step 4: Lay out all your ceramic tiles and get out your mod podge and foam brush. Set aside the cut photos.
Step 5: Use the foam brush to cover the tiles with a layer of mod podge. Apply it evenly and try to make sure there are no puddles or obvious strokes.
Step 6: Lay the cut paper photos down on the tiles while mod podge is still tacky. Position the photos so they are straight and has a quarter inch border around all side.
Run your fingers over the photos to make sure you get all the bubbles out. Start from the middle and work out.
Step 7: Allow the mod podge to dry for at least 15 minutes. While it is drying, admire how cute these are going to be! Seriously!
Step 8: Apply a thin layer of mod podge on top of the photos and coaster to set the photos in place. Allow this to dry at least 15 minutes and then apply another layer of mod podge. Allow it to dry and apply one final layer!
Let the coasters dry for at least two hours. I left them overnight during this particular project.
Step 9: Make sure your coasters are clear from debris of any kind. Go outside or in a well-ventilated area and apply two or more light coats of the clear enamel spray. Give it a few hours to fully dry!
Make sure you protect it as well as possible here from any dust and debris. Getting stuff stuck in the spray originally drove me crazy so I had to watch them like a hawk.
Step 10: The final step: apply felt pads to the bottom of the coasters. This will make the coasters easy to use and stop them from damaging any surfaces. I put one on each corner of the tile coaster.
Felt pads are super easy to apply since most are just peel and stick. If you want more assurance the pads will stay then you can always use a hot glue gun here instead.
Once they are on and secured, it’s ready to use.
Enjoy your coasters!
I loved this DIY and probably will make it again one day. I’ve still seen the coasters from last year in use at people’s houses so it’s something that will last a while.