It’s easy to make DIY Tile Coasters and you’ll love how they add a pop of color or decor to your living room or any room you need coasters. They’re also practical (good-bye water marks!) and a great way to add stability to something like a cushy ottoman.
DIY Tile Coasters also make excellent inexpensive homemade gifts!! I made these four tiles for about $4!
- 4″ by 4″ white tiles – I got my at Lowe’s for $0.16 each
- 4 Different Scrapbook Paper Designs – cut into 4″ by 4″ squares
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
- Hair Dryer
- Felt cut into 3″ by 3″ squares
- Tacky Glue
First, make sure your tile is nice and clean and dry before you get started. There could be some streaks or dust on them from shipping and sitting on the store shelves.
Pick out four different scrapbook paper designs that will go together, but not necessarily perfectly “matchy matchy.” You could mix up some floral with some chevron patterns as I have done. I recommend using a paper cutter for perfect edges, and cutting your paper into 4″ by 4″ squares.
Use your foam brush and put on a nice but smooth amount of mod podge onto your tile. Then place your scrapbook paper down and evenly press the paper until it is smooth, with no air bubbles. This may take a couple of minutes to smooth out air bubbles and wait for the glue to start to dry.
You will then place another coat of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper – apply a thin layer, and be sure it is spread evenly! Even though Mod Podge dries clear, you can still see the texture of it if you have it globbed on your tile unevenly.
Now you can either let it sit over night and let it dry, or pull out your hair dryer to speed up the drying time. You will need three full coats of Mod Podge on your tile to be sure it is waterproof. If you want to complete this project in the same day, then use your cool setting on your blow dryer and dry it for about 10 minutes in between coats. If you use the hot setting on your hair dryer, the paper is likely to bubble and leave you with a bumpy finish.
When you’ve let your 3 coats of Mod Podge fully dry, you can then flip over your tile and use tacky glue to glue on felt. You’ll want to be sure the felt is on your tiles so that it won’t scratch any surfaces on your furniture that you places these on.
I would not advise using just Elmer’s glue for this – it won’t stick well enough. You really need a craft tacky glue for the felt.
These are my DIY Tile Coasters that are currently in my family room. I like to place them on my ottoman – they make a hard surface for drinks or snack bowls on the uneven, cushioned ottoman top.
Want to use DIY Tile Coasters as a homemade gift? Tie them in some simple twine and add a gift tag. They’ll make great end-of-year teacher gifts. But you could also gather the supplies now, and get crafting for Christmas as well. This is a unique, fun-to-make homemade gift that won’t break the bank either!
These are so cute! I’ve made coasters similar to this before and I love the ability to get exactly what you want! They also make a perfect housewarming gift!
I love these! I especially like that you made each one different! What a great idea — and easy enough for me to do! LOL.
This is such a great project! It’s got everything I love. It’s pretty, it’s useful, and it’s easy.
What a cute way to spruce up your house. I would put furniture sliders on the back so they don’t scratch my table.
Mama to 5 BLessings says
These are awesome! These would make great gifts. I am so doing these!
Debi- Lifestyle Blogger says
That is so cute. I love how easy it would be to make the coaster match the room.
These are so pretty! I need coasters, my kids have been leaving drinks all over this summer.
Seattle Travel Blogger says
I would love to try making my own coasters. I use Mod Podge any chance I get.
I made these with napkins, later was able to peel them off. Should the shinny tile be sanded first?
I think using more mod podge would be better than sanding. Maybe add 2 more coats and let it dry in between.
Very cute! I love how easy this is and it really adds a nice touch to any home. Thanks for sharing!
If an air bubble develops after Mod Podge dries, is there anyway I can remove it or is that tile lost?
I used photos. Thanks
These are great, thank you for sharing, but please can you tell me what mod podge is and where I can get it?
It can act as a sealer or glue. You can find it at craft stores, even walmart in the craft section.
Do you think you can use fabric in place of scrapbook paper?
Hi Billie, I am not super crafty (one of my writers shared this post a few years ago) so I don’t want to point you in the wrong direction, but I *think* if you used very thin fabric it would work.
Hey I was wondering how you make it heatproof, how long do you leave it before putting hot tea or coffee please
Hi. Love your coasters just wondering how they will be with a hot cup of tea or coffee on them. Will the cup stick?will the Modge Podge come off. I want to seal mine with something that isnt water based but dont know what i cud use