Coasters are a perfect gift for a new homeowner, a newlywed couple or guests at a wedding or party. Decorative tile coasters are expensive when you purchase them in the store, but can be handmade for pennies. Personalise, decorate and design your own coasters using plain ceramic tiles and basic craft supplies.
Purchase square ceramic tiles at a local home improvement store. Tiles are available in a variety of sizes and the cost per tile is generally under one dollar. In order to create decorative coasters from the tiles you will need the following items: rubbing alcohol, Mod Podge or d�coupage glue, paper such as scrapbook paper, card stock or personalised napkins, scissors or a paper cutter, heavy-duty glue and waterproof acrylic sealer. To back the coasters for use, you will need felt or thin cork board.
Designing the Coasters
Use rubbing alcohol to clean each of the tiles completely before starting. Cut each piece of the paper into squares slightly smaller than the size of the tile. Consider using paper punches to create decorative shapes like hearts, circles or flowers instead of basic squares.
Add phrases, personalisation or event information to the paper using waterproof ink before adhering it to the tile.
Cover the tile with a generous amount of Mod Podge using a thick paintbrush and quickly place the paper design over the glue. Gently press the paper flat using your fingers. Be sure to remove all air bubbles before moving on. Allow the first layer of glue to dry for at least 15 minutes and then add a second layer of d�coupage glue over the paper. Add additional layers of d�coupage glue until it is as thick as you would like, allow 15 to 20 minutes for drying between each layer.
Seal the tile using waterproof acrylic sealer. Repeat the layering process with the sealer, allowing adequate time for drying between each layer. Be sure to follow the drying instructions on the sealer label as each brand dries differently.
Cut felt or cork board to the exact size of the tile and attach a piece to the bottom of each tile using heavy-duty glue.