How to make or decorate tile coasters

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How to make or decorate tile coasters
Create tile coasters to match your home's decor. (Tile image by Josef F Stuefer from Fotolia.com)

Keeping your home's surfaces clean and protected involves the use of coasters for your drinking glasses. Coasters are made from a variety of materials such as wood, ceramic, glass and tile. Making and decorating tile coasters at home provides you with a creative project that allows you to match your coasters with your home's decor. Making your own tile coasters is an easy task that doesn't require very many materials or much time.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Tile square (4 inches by 4 inches)
  • Self-adhering felt circles (4, small)
  • Acrylic paint set
  • Assorted paint brushes
  • Stencils
  • Spray clear coat glaze

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Flip the ceramic or porcelain tile square with the glazed side facing down. You can easily obtain single tiles from home supply stores.

  2. 2

    Place a small round felt circle at each corner of the tile square. The felt allows the tile to be placed on tabletops and other surfaces without scratching them. Felt circles can be found in most craft stores and home supply stores.

  3. 3

    Place a stencil of your choice on the surface of the glazed side of the tile. The stencil you choose depends on the colour and decor of the room in which the coaster will be used.

  4. 4

    Fill in the stencil with you selection of acrylic paints.If you're artistically inclined, you can freehand your own paint designs on the tile's surface.

  5. 5

    Let the acrylic paint design dry on the tile for about an hour before spraying a fine layer of the clear coat spray on top of it. Let the clear coat dry for at least two hours before using the tile coaster.

Tips and warnings

  • Make as many tile coasters as you need in this manner.
  • Experiment with different coloured tiles for variation in appearance.

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