A girlfriend of mine recently taught me how to make these adorable DIY photo coasters, so I decided to make them as a gift to my husband for Father’s Day. They were surprisingly easy to make and I hope to make some more soon!
- Tile (I found mine at Home Depot for 16 cents a piece)
- Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre
- Modge Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
- Sponge brush
- Paper trimmer or x-acto knife
- Photo corner rounder (optional)
My friend took her photos and roughly tore them to size to give it a rough look, however I decided I wanted a cleaner cut look. I started by cutting out a 3.5″ x 3.5″ square out of construction paper. You don’t have to use my measurements…these tiles are 4.25″ x 4.25″, so technically you can cut your photos a little larger.
I then placed that square on top of my photos to where I wanted to crop them.
I then lightly marked the photo by tracing the square onto it. I mostly traced the corners so I knew where to cut the photo. (as you can see in the picture below)
You can use an x-acto knife, however I used my paper trimmer to cut the photos to size.
So now I have a 3.5″ x 3.5″ photo of my kids.
I then decided to round the corners of the photos (this is optional).
All done cutting them out! Now comes the fun part!
Take a tile and apply a thin layer of the Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre.
Then place your photo in the center of the tile.
Next apply another layer of Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre. On the first coat make sure you go up and down. Then let it sit and dry for about 10-15 minutes. Apply a second coat, this time going left to right. And again let it sit and dry for about 10-15 minutes.
Take your coasters outside (believe me…you won’t want to do the next part inside). Place them on top of some newspaper or a grocery bag and start spraying a thin layer of the Modge Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer. I let it dry for about 15 minutes and then applied a second coat. This is to seal it and protect the surface of the coasters.
I waited about 2-3 hours before I did the next step…but I think the can of acrylic said to let it dry for 24 hours. I cut out a square piece of felt using scissors for each tile. I think these were roughly 4″ x 4″ in size. I applied a layer of Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre to the bottom of the tile then adhered the felt to it.
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