Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tile Coasters

I've seen these all over the blogosphere and Pinterest. They're super easy, not pricey, and s'darned cute.

One scrapbook page will create 9 coasters.
1) Measure/mark/cut the paper into thirds, so a 12x12 inch page becomes 9 4x4 inch squares. But, just as an FYI (which I haven't done yet b/c it requires a little more work), it's cuter if there's a little more tile boarder showing. That means you'd have to cut each square just slightly under 4".
2) Glue the paper down with a sponge brush (I used Mod Podge, but I don't know how important that is). *****IMPORTANT NOTE: Put glue on the entire back side of the scrapbook square, NOT just on the edges. Because as you do the next step, if only the edges are glued down, the middle will warp, and the only solution is to remove that scapbook square and use a new one. Thank you trial and error.*******
3) Using your sponge brush, spread glue all over the top of the paper/tile. Let dry and cure.
4) Once dry, spray with a clear sealer. Let dry. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat... till it's super coated and hard.
5) Put felt or foam "feet" on the four corners of the back of each tile.
-These can be used as coasters (but do people really use coasters?) or they can be repurposed as wall decor, with the help of a few more supplies.

I made the wedding ones below for my friend Erin's wedding, which Stephanie & I were able to attend in San Diego! Sooo nice to get away for a weekend. And it's been FO-EVA since I've been to the beach (where we killed some time before the reception because it was a block away from the beach!).

And these I made for my two-weddings-in-one-weekend weekend. My former roomie, Erin, got 6 of them and another friend, Kallie, got the other 6. I like these better than the "wedding" ones above 'cause they're more fun and unique.
Click on the image to enlarge and see more detail.
My favorites? i.e. the ones I want to make into pillows or use as inspiration for home decor colors (find the 6 small stars):

Here are some close-ups of a few of them. I don't know why I took close-ups of only these b/c they're not necessarily my favorites.