Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tile Coasters

I am so happy to start decoration my apartment and crafting again. Today I made tile coasters for my living room. I have a glass coffee table and I do not like the ring left behind by the cups. So I needed to buy some coasters for that. I just did not want to spend $5-$9 on them. So I decided to make them instead. I also went to Italy in 2008 and had some wonderful pictures from there. So I killed two birds with one stone. I get to display my pictures on a homemade coasters. :)

Items you will need:
Mod Podge
paint brush
tiles 4.25"x4.25" ( I used 4)
adhesive foam sheet
water resistant spray
pictures you want to use

I set up a templete on Pages and put 4 of my favoriate pictures in black and white. You can use any software program that lets you edit pictures. Pages just happens to be on my Mac. Each picture I made it a 4"X4". I wanted to have a white border around my picture. But you can make it to the edge of the tile.
To print it out go to any place that has a xerox printer. I went to Office Depot and printed on their Xerox laser printer. It is just a few cents for the printing. Also the quality comes out so great. Print it on a 24lb paper. If you print it on your inkjet printer at home you don't get the best quality but it still can work. 

Next you have to cut the pictures. My cutter blade was dull so I had to use my ruler and xacto to cut the picture tiles out. I hope yours works :) 
Gather your tiles, pictures, paint brush, and mod podge. 
First get one of the tiles (I bought my tiles at Home Depot for $0.13) and brush some mod podge on it. Then place one of the pictures centering it on the tile. Next apply another layer of mode podge on top of the picture and tile. This is to seal it in place. Repeat these steps to the other tiles. Next let them dry for a couple of hours. 

While the tiles are drying grab your adhesive foam sheet. This is used to stick to the bottom of the tiles so they don't scratch the furniture. I made little circles so that I can still have a lot of foam left for another project :). 

Once your tile is dry stick the circle adhesive to the bottom of the tile. 

Next you need to spray a moisture resistant spray to your tile. This is done so that the artwork doesn't mess up with the condensation from your cups. Make sure you spay this outside or in a well ventilate area. The smell is super strong. Let it dry for a couple of hours and then you are ready to use it.

Final Product I LOVE THEM!

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