How to make coasters from stone or ceramic tiles

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How to make coasters from stone or ceramic tiles
Create some whimsy in your home with some handpainted tile coasters. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Coasters are more than a way to protect furniture from unsightly drink rings, they are also miniature works of art limited only by your imagination. You can design handmade coasters to fit any decor style or personality depending on the tile colour and finish you choose. The tile can be any size you like so long as a mug of hot chocolate will fit on it. Coasters make a thoughtful gift, too. Stack four coordinating tiles and tie them together with some ribbon.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Felt or rubber bumper pads
  • Découpage glue
  • Decorative paper, napkins or newspaper
  • Small paint brush
  • Paint
  • Rubber or clear stamp
  • Permanent ink
  • Stamp
  • Polyurethane
  • Clear acrylic spray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash and dry the tiles to provide a clean surface for the materials to stick to.

  2. 2

    Paint your design on the tile. You can also plan your design on a piece of scrap paper beforehand and transfer it to your tile when you are satisfied with it.

  3. 3

    Let the paint dry and varnish with a coat of clear polyurethane.

  4. 4

    Adhere bumper pads to the back of the tile.

  1. 1

    Wash and dry the tiles to provide a clean surface for the materials to stick to.

  2. 2

    Stamp your design onto the front of the tile using a rubber or clear stamp and an ink pad in your choice of colour. Permanent ink will not run or smear if liquid comes in contact with the coaster.

  3. 3

    Seal the tile with clear polyurethane and let it dry. If you used permanent ink, you can leave the tile unsealed, but the coaster may become stained from drink spills.

  4. 4

    Adhere bumpers to the corners on the tile back.

  1. 1

    Wash and dry the tiles to provide a clean surface for the materials to stick to.

  2. 2

    Cut or tear patterned paper, newspaper or a decorative napkin to the size of the tile. You can cut the paper slightly smaller than the tile if you wish. Alternatively, you can rip paper into small pieces and apply them to the tile in a random collage pattern.

  3. 3

    Coat the tile with a thin layer of découpage glue.

  4. 4

    Place the paper over the tile and work out any bubbles that may appear.

  5. 5

    Let the tile dry and add another coat of découpage glue. Repeat this step two more times.

  6. 6

    Spray the completed tile with clear acrylic spray to seal them.

  7. 7

    Adhere bumpers to the underside of the tile.

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