[Giveaway] DIY Coasters

January 23, 2012 · 53 comments

in Crafts, Giveaways

Tutorials for how to make your own ceramic tile coasters have been popping up all over the place, and I love the idea! These make wonderful gifts because you can personalize them any way you like. Check out this step-by-step tutorial, and leave a comment to enter to win the set of 4 below:

DIY ceramic tile coasters

The best thing about these coasters is that they are very inexpensive to make. I bought eight tiles from Home Depot at 14 cents a piece! The Mod Podge and Polyurethane Spray are a little more pricey, but they will last a long time. I was able to get four squares out of one sheet of scrapbook paper, so I only had to purchase two sheets! Keep in mind, you don’t have to use scrapbook paper. You can use photos, wrapping paper, napkins, or any memorabilia like concert tickets, etc. The possibilities are endless. Let’s get started.

STEP 1: Cut your paper to fit your tile. I measured a 10.5 centimeter square, then cut the paper along a ruler with an X-Acto knife. Your paper can go all the way to the edges of the tile, or you can leave a white border.

scrapbook paper coasters

Step 2: Next, sand the sides of each tile to smooth out the sharp edges and rinse them under water to remove any debris.

Step 3: Pour the Mod Podge into a plastic bowl and dip your sponge brush about halfway in. Paint a thin layer directly onto your tile and quickly place your piece of paper on top. Press out any wrinkles starting from the center and moving toward the edges. Repeat with each tile.

DIY Coasters

Step 4: Allow the Mod Podge to dry for 15 minutes so your paper doesn’t slide around.

Step 5: Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper, brushing in one direction. The Mod Podge will dry clear, but you’ll be able to see the brush marks a bit so don’t get crazy!

DIY tile coasters

Step 6: Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat going the opposite direction.

Step 7:  Apply one more coat and wait for the Mod Podge to dry clear.

DIY Coasters

Step 8: Take your coasters outside and spray each with a coat of Polyurethane. This will make them waterproof and give them a nice shiny finish. Make sure it’s not dusty, or you’ll end up with little pieces of dirt in your finish!

Step 9: Allow the tiles to dry for 30 minutes and then apply a second coat of the Polyurethane. Then, bring the coasters back inside and allow them to dry for at least an hour. Don’t stack them up before they are completely dry! I made this mistake and had to re-spray them.

Step 10: Flip your coasters over and press a felt pad into each corner. You can make your own felt pads, but the ones I used were only $2.99 from Home Depot and they worked perfectly.

And here is the finished product!

Homemade ceramic tile coasters

This coaster sure looks good underneath this tasty cotton candy martini:

DIY tile coasters

Don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win a set of these great coasters! I’d love to know how yours turn out.  (A winner will be chosen at random. Contest closes Feb. 5, 2012.) This contest has now ended. Thanks for entering and congrats to our lucky winner Virginia P.

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Karyn January 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

i made a few like this years ago .. except instead of mod podge, i just used some stamps. i could always use a new set! :)


Mayi Carles January 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

These are adorableeeeee! If you ever want to to a DIY for Heartmade please submit your fabolousness via e-mail. You are so so talented. And these coasters would love oh so great in my new home :)


Virginia P January 25, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Love this idea! You made them beautifully. Hope I win!


Virginia P January 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I also love the rest of your blog. I pinned it on pinterest. = ]


Maihan January 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I stumbled across your posting on CL and absolutely love your site !! The DIY coasters is such a great idea- I want to start making some tonight. :) I scrolled through the rest of your blog, and love your recipes !! I will definitely be showing my girlfriends your page. Keep it up ! :)


Corrina Birman January 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Beautiful! What a nice idea!


jessica January 27, 2012 at 2:58 am

I like this idea. It’s a cheap buy, and you can really go all out creative with the paper designs you choose. i wonder if papers with hand-drawn designs (like permanent marker or paint pens) would sit well when you go to apply the mod podge was it? like would it smear? hmm actually sounds like a good little get together party craft. Nothing better to gift someone with that something handmade! :D and who wants to get a coffee-ring on their nice end table. hmmm i might make these a birthday present for a friend!

keep creating!


NicoleG January 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

very nice, love how you could customize to your decor with different papers.


Grammy January 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

What a fun craft for a party even older kids could do it and be creative. Loved it


STACY ALTON January 30, 2012 at 12:29 am



Kelly Wilbur January 30, 2012 at 5:36 am

thanks for such good instructions. I am never sure how many coats of things to do and your tutorial is fool proof


Samantha Fleschner January 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Project looks cool. I think I might try it. Thanks for the idea.


Ruth January 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm

These are lovely and look very classy. I love it. Such a great idea and so inexpensive. Thanks for sharing!


Jessica January 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

I’d love to win some coasters for my new apartment!


CHRISTIE ROBINSON January 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

How incredibly easy to do & yet I had NO idea that it takes mere minutes to make!!!!
Just awesome…I’m in love here!!!!!:D
Thanks for this giveaway!!!


Mercedes January 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm

What a cute, cute idea, and it looks simple to make! I think I know what Christmas might be this year.


Tabitha Evans January 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Very cute! I am so NOT a crafter ;)


Jessica Sage January 31, 2012 at 6:22 pm

These are gorgeous and would make a great gift! I can’t wait to try and make some.


gail January 31, 2012 at 6:42 pm

thanks for this giveaway!


kazue January 31, 2012 at 6:44 pm

awesome tutorial!


Monica Tompkins January 31, 2012 at 10:28 pm

My mom loves coasters!! I have to show her how to make these


tiffany c February 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

If you are still giving these away, ooooh, can I win please?!? I made a bunch for my daughter’s birthday party with her picture on it to give as favors. I have none left for myself! Love your paper!


Anissa Gooch February 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Wow, that’s a really cool idea! Thanks for sharing!


Kiersten February 2, 2012 at 2:09 am

I”m going to have to make these! they’re so cute:)


Michelle Underwood February 2, 2012 at 2:12 am

Great idea!


Samantha Dycus February 2, 2012 at 5:54 am

These are wonderful, I would love the chance to win a set! :) Beautiful and elegant.


Sophia February 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

These are great! Definitely going to try them out for myself, but in the meantime, I’m feeling lucky!


thomas February 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

they rock.. now i have a way to burn some time today :)


elven johnson February 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I love making this. Its a great & easy gift. I also use the little one side flat gems that you can get from a craft store for feet.


Dan Dennison February 3, 2012 at 3:38 am

These coasters are pretty neat. I have an artist friend who does the same thing with prints of her paintings. They sell fairly well to those who would like an original painting but are financially challenged. Your instructions are clear and concise. You have given me the idea to photograph some of my sculpture and try this. Thanks. If you’d like to see my work, it is at: danden-onemanstrash.blogspot.com


Natalie February 3, 2012 at 3:59 am

That’s a great idea. I am definitely going to do that with some of my paintings. Very nice sculptures!


David Golas February 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm

That is an awesome idea. Thanks :)


Dara Nix February 4, 2012 at 1:57 am

These are SO pretty! I wish I had some semblance of an artistic bone in my body so that I could actually make them! But, unfortunately I just don’t have any artistic inclinations whatsoever …


JenniferB February 4, 2012 at 4:45 am

awesome tutorial- I will have to make them


Joy F February 4, 2012 at 5:04 am

They are so pretty. I would love to win.


Dana Beeman February 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I’m bookmarking this article and featuring it, and your site, on my blog about outdoor weddings soon. Just a little lazy still here in the morning to do it right now. :) They’d make very nice favors.
Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com


april yedinak February 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

These are lovely! Thanks for the great how-to! I would love to win some.


larissa verde February 5, 2012 at 1:42 am

These coasters are so cute. I want to try to make my own. I love making crafts using Mod Podge.


Melanie C February 5, 2012 at 2:28 am

I haen’t made me a set yet, but reading your instructions and looking at your picture i absolutely love these! And can’t wait to make myself a set.


Christine February 5, 2012 at 3:15 am

would make a great gift


JoAnn F. February 5, 2012 at 4:39 am

Your coasters are beautiful, would love to win!
jofo120 at yahoo dot com


Mrs. Smitty February 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Love it! And such an easy concept!


Breanne February 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm

They look beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway


Tonya Froemel February 5, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Those are so pretty. I love your tutorial, it is very detailed with great pictures. I am going to try making some.


Kimberley D February 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

I’m surprised how easy these look! Super cute!


Michelle Tucker February 6, 2012 at 4:18 am

I’ve made christmas plates like these, and they turned out great. I’ve never thought about coasters before. What an awesome idea!


LeNia February 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I had fun making these. I did have a problem with getting the bubbles out but then I held the paper sides up and then pressed it from the middle and got a much better result. It was so easy I did this with my kids do they could make there own and they loved it. My daughter did her favorite group ” mindless behavor” and my son did his favor show “Bleach” I enjoyed it and I enjoyed the time we spent making them together. Thanks for idea I never new I could even do this kind of thing.

Thanks A Million



Natalie February 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Hi LeNia,
I’m so glad you and your kids enjoyed making them! I love the idea of doing your favorite show or group. Thanks for reading =]


Natalie February 23, 2012 at 4:46 am

I just made 4 sets of these this week! love them! I just sprayed one set with poly and am anxious to test with a hot beverage on it. Have you had any issues with that yet? I know the ModPodge takes a month to cure to handle hot beverages (so I’ve read)….but what if you use the poly? does that eliminate the wait? Thanks for the great directions!


Natalie February 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Hi Natalie, I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial! I actually have not yet tested my coasters with a hot beverage. The polyurethane protects the coasters from water damage, but I’m not sure about heat. I would give them a week or two to set before testing with anything hot.



Paula Roper April 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

This is a really cute idea! I am thinking of doing these for our ladies at church for Mother’s day :) Thanks for sharing!


Natalie April 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

What a great idea! Don’t forget you can use photos, so if you have some cute pictures of their kids that would be a great gift. Thanks for reading :)


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