1.18.2012

present reveal: diy coasters

i really wanted to show y'all this DIY project before christmas because it makes the best/easiest/inexpensive gift ever!  i would say quick but when you're making about 100 of them, it's actually ridiculously time consuming.
things you need:
mod podge $4.99 (i used glossy, but matte i'm sure looks nice too)
clear acrylic gloss coating, make sure its water resistant  $3.99-ish
tiles $0.16 (yup, about 16 cents from home depot or lowe's or wherever you find em)
scissors $hopefully.you.already.have.these
felt  $1 for 4 pieces
pictures cut the size of the tile $0.19/copy-ish

1. secretly, if and when i do this again, i'll start with step 3, but if you don't, start here. either way, it works!
generously spread the mod podge over the ceramic tile. not that you have to do it at a record pace, but i would recommend working quickly because there's a precious window of time before the mod podge starts to really work and makes it tough to move the picture if you don't get it right on the first try. 

2. after you have put the picture on straight, generously apply mod podge on top of the picture. i know, it looks like it's ruined. it's not. promise. 

let it try for about 15 minutes and then do another coat. if you're feelin really saucy, you can even put a third coat on it too.  (i'm guilty of this.)

3. here's what i would probably start with step 1.  i realized after the first couple i made that i really wanted the back of the tile to be colored because i thought it looked better.  but you put on the picture first though, i'd recommend just using some paint and a paintbrush to paint the back of the tile.

if you start at this step, take the tiles to the unfinished part of the basement and spray away!  i cut a used paper towel cardboard part into pieces so i could paint the sides of the tiles too.

4. let it all dry. please excuse the strawberry paper. i figured i'd never use that one in a scrapbook so i used it for a drying board.

5. spray with water resistant spray. i also did this in the basement because the smell is a little yucky and lingers around for awhile.

6. i took the felt and cut out little squares. in each corner of the back of the tile, i used some super glue to keep the felt on tight. 

TA DA!  this here, is my entire dining room table with all the coasters drying out. i'd like to thank my lovely fiancé for letting me use his ESPN magazine as the drying surface.  see, sports magazines are useful!  ;)
step 6 1/2. make some homemade gift tags to add to the homemade presents.

step 6 3/4. wrap each individual coaster in a tissue paper so they don't break or make noise and give away the surprise. add some ribbon, the homemade gift tag, and you're out the door!

everyone loved these presents and i love that i made a few for us too!  they were super easy, fun, and personalized!

notes: for a few, i used a piece of scrapbook paper as the background and cut the picture around the specific person so you could see the designed paper.  it looks cool but there's a better chance of it having air bubbles.  

have you made these? tell me your thoughts!

3 comments:

Ashley @ The Sweet Life said...

These look great! I did a set as a gift about a month ago. It was fun and super cute!

JessB_Martin said...

This is way too cute and it does not look hard :)) good job! I am going to try this !

Sunni Dae @ Pearls and Curls said...

I made coasters for gifts as well!! :)

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