DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day! TrishSutton.comA few years ago I made a set of Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters.

They are still in perfect condition and I absolutely love them and the memories of each photograph.

This year I made a couple sets of Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters to share as gifts!  If you are looking for a homemade gift to share, follow along…

DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

Items Needed:
– Ceramic Tiles
– Digital Copies of Photos
– White Printer Paper & a Printer
– A Foam Paint Brush
Mod Podge
– Clear Acrylic Coating Spray
– Peel & Stick Craft Felt

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

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, use your ceramic tiles to judge the size of photo you’d like, leaving at least 1/4 inch of tile around the edges.  Apply Mod Podge to the back of the printed photos with the sponge paint brush to secure each photo in place on your coasters.  Rinse the paint brush so that it is ready for step two.  Allow 2-3 hours for the photo tiles to dry completely.

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! TrishSutton.com

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! TrishSutton.com

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.  (Because of the fumes I prefer to do this step outside.)  Do this 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! TrishSutton.com

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! TrishSutton.com

Ta-Da!  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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DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters make a lovely homemade gift for Birthdays, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day & Grandparent's Day! TrishSutton.com

 

About Trish

When this sleep deprived self proclaimed tea addict is not creating messes with her six year old, Trish can often be found watching ESPN whilst debating penalties and plays with her college aged son. Along with tea, Trish could live off of licorice and popcorn. Her favorite place in the world is by her husband’s side – preferably in a football stadium, at Disneyland or in San Diego.

41 thoughts on “DIY Ceramic Tile Photo Coasters

    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.

        1. 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

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

  1. 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!!

  2. 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. 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!!

    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).

  3. 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…

  4. 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

      1. 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!

    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

  5. 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

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