Lately I’m in full DIY mode—especially considering Des Moines had its firs substantial snowfall of the year on Sunday—and there’s no better time for lots of crafting than around the holidays. I absolutely love the idea of these photo coasters for a holiday gift—they’re wonderfully customizable and extremely affordable.
What you’ll need:
- 4-by-4 inch ceramic tiles — Easy to find at hardware stores like Menard’s or Lowe’s for about 16 cents each
- Printed photos
- Mod Podge
- Small foam brush
- Valspar gloss sealant
- Adhesive felt pads
The first step of this project is to choose the photos you’d like to turn into coasters. I’m a big fan of Walgreens app for printing photos—especially Instagram photos—directly from my phone. They have a 4-by-4 inch photo option that is perfect for this project in particular. (Plus you can use the code RMN34 through the end of 2013 to get 34% off all photo orders!) I decided to trim my photos so the coasters resembled Polaroids, but you can really cut as little or as much as you’d like. If you’re interested in the Polaroid look, I trimmed by photos to 3 3/4 inch width and 3 1/4 inch height.
After applying mod podge to the back of each photo and placing it on the ceramic tile, let dry for at least 30 minutes. Next I covered each tile completely with mod podge, letting each coat dry completely before applying another. In the end, I found that three coats was enough to secure the photos.
When mod podge is completely dry, spray coasters with high-gloss sealant. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and give tiles at least an hour to dry. Depending on desired effect two coats of sealant may be necessary. After tiles are completely dry, flip over and attached felt pads to each corner of the tile to prevent scratching and increase stability.