DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

Create a handmade gift for family, friends and teachers: DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters. Simple to create & a fun way to share memories and favorite photos.

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift! A creative gift for friends, family & especially grandparents.

A few years ago I made a set of DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters. My coasters are still in perfect condition and I absolutely love them and cherish the memories of each photograph.

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

Supplies Needed:

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day!


Step One
Print the photos that you would like to use in black & white onto regular printer paper.  I suggest nothing larger than a 4×6 print as you will need to cut it down to a square.  Cut the photos into squares using your ceramic tiles to judge the size of photo you’d like, leaving at least 1/4 inch of tile around the edges.  Use a sponge to apply Mod Podge to the back of the printed photos then allow 2-3 hours for the tiles to dry completely.  Rinse the sponge so that it is ready for step two.

Step Two
Once the paint has dried, apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo on the tile.  Using your sponge paint brush move left to right keeping the strokes even.  Mod Podge is not the most forgiving when it comes to texture and so you will want even lines across the tiles.  Again, allow time to dry completely.

 DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day!

Step Three
Repeat with three more layers of Mod Podge, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next coat.

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day!

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

Step Four
Once you have four coats of Mod Podge applied and dried to the top of the photo tiles it is time to apply the Acrylic Sealer.  Which means, it is time to make the coasters waterproof!  Place the Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters on a piece of cardboard then spray each tile with a hefty layer of Acrylic Sealer.  (Due to the fumes I prefer to do this step outside.) Repeat this step four times allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next coat of Acrylic Sealer.

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day!

Step Five
Cut and apply the Craft Felt to the back side of coasters.  I prefer the “peel & stick” felt however gluing felt to the back of each would also do the trick.

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day!

Ta-Da!  DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters for yourself or to give as a gift. They are fun to make and a great way to share those cherished photos.

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About Trish

When this sleep deprived self proclaimed tea addict is not creating content for this here blog, Trish can most often be found at the Little League field or watching a football game. Trish is a passionate volunteer, contract accountant, avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and will only eat Oreos in pairs. She has two boys born sixteen years apart and her favorite place in the world is by her husband's side - preferably in a football stadium, at Disneyland or in San Diego.

54 thoughts on “DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

  1. tried this project the 1st top coat of modge podge my colors bled i printed on regular paper i have an inkjet printer any ideas how to fix this. i need to use color prints i’ve tried spraying a sealant over the print as well 3 coats and it still bled any thoughts

    1. Hi Patty! I am so sorry to hear that this project is not going so smooth for you. I use regular printer paper and very light coats of modge podge. The only thing that I can think of is that maybe the paper is getting too wet with glue. I wish I were more help but I haven’t experienced any bleeding on the ones I have made in the past. My apologies! I hope you give it one more try and have success. These coasters are always a favorite when I give them as gifts. Thank you so much for stopping by… Trish

    1. Hi Erin! I found mine at Home Depot. They had a few options including both light and dark shades. I hope that helps!! 🙂 Trish

  2. Love this project! Do you think the photo can be sanded around the edges to create a distressed/antique look when finished?

    1. Hi Brittany! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
      I do think you could sand the photos a little before sealing the edges. I sanded the edges on a photo cube that I created recently which worked great. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures before gifting it. (Link to the original photo cube:
      It is also on my list to try burning the edges of the photos before sealing them on coasters which I will take pictures of for sure. 😉 Drop back by and let me know how your coasters turn out – I would love to hear!
      Happy Holidays!! ~Trish

    1. Absolutely! I prefer to print mine on regular paper to keep the top of the coaster a little thinner but photo paper works, as well. And whether they are black & white or in color they will look beautiful. Thanks for stopping by, Dawn! Have a fantastic day ~ Trish

  3. I’ve used acrylic sprays on ceramic tiles that I made into coasters, and had issues when a cup of coffee sits on them. The heat from the coffee mugs caused the mug to stick to the coasters. Had this happened to you?

    1. Shucks! That is definitely a bummer. Fortunately, I have not run into that problem. I wonder if it has anything to do with the brand of the spray? Or maybe the dry time…

  4. How do you treat the thin edge of the tile? When you lay the tile flat, you can see the thin edge. On your pictures it looks like there is an unfinished edge that looks rough. Can I use Mod Podge or the acrylic to smooth it out? Also thought I might attach a thin wire to the back so I can hang a collection on the wall. Neat project, really eager to try it out. Thanks for the great idea.

    1. Hi there! Good question. I have another set where I burnt the edges however the tops of both sets are smooth. I believe it is the layers of Mod Podge that evens them out. It also helped that I used regular paper rather than photo paper. 🙂 I love your idea of hanging them!! My son made me larger tiles that hang. He attached the wire with Gorilla Glue and they have held up for 6 years. Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Cheers ~ Trish

  5. Hi there! How long does it usually take for the acrylic spray to dry enough for the next coat?

    1. Hi Nancy! I haven’t tried making these coasters with actual photos. If you try making them with actual photographs you might just want to add an extra coat of Mod Podge. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!! Cheers ~ Trish

  6. Hi Trish I am in the process of making my coasters now. When you paste the black/white printed pictures on with the modge podge the first time does your pics turn bluish and greenish in areas?

    1. Hi Janet. I do remember mine turning a color but they dried to black and white just fine. I’m guessing since it’s 5 hours later you likely have your answer by now. My apologies for the late response! I hope they’re perfect. Happy Holidays!! ~Trish

    2. No ma’am mine still have a greenish blue color in spots. So my husband thinks it was the ink he used and it was a photo ink and not a regular toner ink. Thank you. They do not look bad tho! Love how they turned out!

    3. Well, shucks! I’m sorry the color isn’t exactly what you thought you were getting but I am happy to hear that you love them anyway. 🙂

  7. I made these and love them, however after even more than four layers of acrylic sealant the cup still leaves an indention on the coaster…….how can I prevent this??????

    1. Oh no! Kim, I am sorry to hear that. My tile coasters are five years old now and have never shown an indention. Were you using acrylic spray or paint? Also, what type paper did you use? I’m grasping on both counts but I’m trying to figure out the difference between mine and yours…

    1. Hi Misty! I purchased the tiles at Home Depot however any home improvement store should have similar ones. 🙂 They were in a pack of either 8-9 and super affordable (can’t remember the exact cost, just that I thought it was a great price).

  8. These are pretty. I’ve been wanting to make some tile coasters. I even have the tile, I just haven’t made them yet. How does the mod lodge hold up to sweaty glasses. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Linda! The condensation never reaches the Mod Podge thanks to the Clear Acrylic Coating Spray that goes on last. I’ve been using the same set at my house since 2011 and they still look like the day I made them. Thanks for stopping by!!

  9. Such a great idea! I was just considering how I would make some DIY art. I love how easy and simple this is! Happy to be co-hosting Home Matters linky pary with you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Richi. I second the Mother’s Day idea. 🙂 I’d love to hear how they turn out if you do give them a try.

  10. Love your coaster you shared at my last party! congrats you are a feature! stop by tomorrow to party!

  11. Your coasters are lovely. I made some for my SIL, I wish I’d seen your post about cut and stick felt, I cut my own and glued my own, that took a lot of time. Agreed, these are very easy gifts to make. Thanks for the tip about the cut and stick felt. Merry Christmas!!

    1. 🙂 That’s what we did with them. I absolutely love ours… though it’s time I make another set for us with updated photos! Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Hi Shannon! I’m so glad you love these!! I found my tiles at Home Depot. It was quite a while ago but I believe they were in an 8 or 10 pack for around $7-8. I hope you are able to find some you like. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂 Trish

    3. Ok thank you 🙂 I looked online and only seen 4×4 white ones but they might have more in store thank you!

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