Paint Chip Coasters – a DIY project

It’s time again for another installment of something I like to call:

Since my induction into the Pinterest Addicts Club (oh, you too?! tee hee hee), I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve posted something inspired by the all-consuming pin board website. I’ve been so busy pinning that I forgot to actually DO something!

Today, to satisfy my Inner Craftin’ Goddess, as well as participate in another DIY luncheon at my church, I made several COLORFUL sets of paint chip drink coasters.

Of course, I did not come up with this amazing idea myself. I’m crediting two different websites because I used bits and pieces from both of them to create my tiles. One project tutorial, found here, is from Lindy at Itsy Bitsy Paper Blog. The other, found here, is Lindsay at The Cottage Home. They’re both the bees-knees in all things craft projects.
I spent an hour perusing both websites looking at their projects. I’m in awe.

Drink coasters have a special place in my heart because I was raised where, under no circumstances, a drinking glass was placed directly onto a table. My grandmothers would beat your tail if they caught you breaking the all-important drinking glass rule and saw a water ring on the table. You’d be in big T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

Even though I’m not super-talented or super-creative when it comes to DIY projects, I am inspired by Pinterest and the amazing talents of others. I’m also really particular about straight lines and steady with scissors, writing utensils, and a paint brush. This coaster project is also easy on the wallet! Including the tiles, this project cost less than 20-dollars.

Here are my supplies (everything from the local Wall-Marts or Home Dee-Pot):

  • 4-inch square ceramic tiles
  • paint chips, cut to size
  • Mod Podge (I used the “glossy” variety because I prefer SHINE)
  • Acrylic sealant (again, “glossy” for SHINE)
  • felt, cut into 4-inch squares (or one-inch “dots” if you run out like me!!!!)
  • sponge brush
  • Strong adhesive, such as Gorilla Glue (not pictured due to hurricane-like winds)

Notice the clips on the paint chips? The wind was blowing at Mach speed!

Using a sponge brush, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge (or MP, for short) onto the tile and carefully placed a paint chip on top, making sure to smooth flat. It’s really important, according to the Crafting Professionals, that MP dries completely … so I waited. And waited. Then waited some more.

After 10-15 minutes, I applied another coat of MP. Repeat at least 3-4 more times.

Once the tiles were covered with paint chips, and the MP had dried completely, I sprayed them with an acrylic sealant. Since these will be used as drink coasters, I thought water-resistant was an important detail.

After a quick spray with acrylic, and they were dry enough to touch, I placed the coasters on the dining room table. With the fan on overhead, they dried overnight.

Now for the furniture protection:

The bottoms of the ceramic tiles are like fingernails on a chalkboard (EEEEK!), so I purchased several sheets of felt and cut them to size. I glued a piece of felt to the bottom using a strong adhesive. Allow to dry.

Disclaimer: If the felt pieces were two inches longer, I could have cut six equal pieces from each piece. But, that wasn’t the case and I ran out of full 4-inch square pieces and resorted to smaller square pieces for each corner. They’ll still protect furniture. Lesson #4049753 learned.

Finally, these colorful creations are ready to be packaged into sets of four tied with a ribbon. These coasters, along with a variety of other products will be sold at the 2012 Lord’s Acre mission fundraiser at my church on September 22, 2012.

Other tricks, tips, and techniques for future tile coaster projects:

  • The next time I’m in Kentucky (which I hope is sooner rather than later), I want to find themed scrapbook paper with the University of Kentucky. I know a “few” folks that would proudly display some UK drink coasters on their tables.
  • Instead of cardstock or scrapbook paper, you can also use photographs. Another reason to improve my photography!
  • I’m a HUGE fan of monograms and initials and want to make a set with “H” stickers.

I’d love to know what craft projects you’ve seen or created. If you are on Pinterest, follow me! If you would like to join Pinterest, send me an note with your email address.

Happy Crafting,

P.S. I love reading your comments. Leave me a note below and I’ll respond. <3

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  1. wilma April 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Love this idea, Nicole. I think I will make a couple sets for our family reunion raffle.. Did you get the tiles from Walmart also.. Or Home Depot…cool idea too of the photos being put on them…
    xo
    wilma

    • Nicole April 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Wilma, these are really easy to make! I purchased the tiles at Home Depot (12-cents each) and the Mod Podge at Wal-Mart (it’s available at any craft store too). These tiles were plain white and glazed, I’ve also seen coasters made from natural stone and they look great (but they were more expensive). As for the paint chips, those are BEHR, the big ones that I cut to size. Next time, I will trim the paper more so it’s not so close to the edge. Just a cosmetic issue with the Mod Podge. Perhaps I’ll use the fancy stone with script-type letters for the monogrammed tiles. Just an idea.

      Happy DIY-ing!!!
      Nicole

  2. wilma April 28, 2012 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Love this idea, Nicole. I think I will make a couple sets for our family reunion raffle.. Did you get the tiles from Walmart also.. Or Home Depot…cool idea too of the photos being put on them…
    xo
    wilma

    • Nicole April 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Wilma, these are really easy to make! I purchased the tiles at Home Depot (12-cents each) and the Mod Podge at Wal-Mart (it’s available at any craft store too). These tiles were plain white and glazed, I’ve also seen coasters made from natural stone and they look great (but they were more expensive). As for the paint chips, those are BEHR, the big ones that I cut to size. Next time, I will trim the paper more so it’s not so close to the edge. Just a cosmetic issue with the Mod Podge. Perhaps I’ll use the fancy stone with script-type letters for the monogrammed tiles. Just an idea.

      Happy DIY-ing!!!
      Nicole

  3. Terri Curry April 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I’m glad you posted the pics and narrative since I couldn’t be there today. So … on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being “you shouldn’t even have to ask,” how much easier was this project than the previous DIY party project? These are really cute! I like the idea of using scrapbook paper; some of it is really beautiful.

    • Nicole April 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Terri, this tile project was MUCH easier than the ornament ball wreath but I had help today too. I purchased 24 tiles and it would have taken me all day (and night) to complete them!!!! There are definitely some things I want to try for “next time” though. A great project and a FUN day. We missed you! Hugs,Nicole

  4. Terri Curry April 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I’m glad you posted the pics and narrative since I couldn’t be there today. So … on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being “you shouldn’t even have to ask,” how much easier was this project than the previous DIY party project? These are really cute! I like the idea of using scrapbook paper; some of it is really beautiful.

    • Nicole April 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Terri, this tile project was MUCH easier than the ornament ball wreath but I had help today too. I purchased 24 tiles and it would have taken me all day (and night) to complete them!!!! There are definitely some things I want to try for “next time” though. A great project and a FUN day. We missed you! Hugs,Nicole

  5. Jody Boydston-Johnson April 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Your post was great and loved the photos of the steps involved and the finished product. However, I have a confession to make…the Sauza video was what really made it worthwhile…thanks!

    • Nicole April 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jody – these coasters are really easy and FUN to create. I’ve already planned other designs so stayed tuned ……. and bring your wallet to Lord’s Acre!!!!!

      Hugs,
      Nicole

  6. Jody Boydston-Johnson April 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Your post was great and loved the photos of the steps involved and the finished product. However, I have a confession to make…the Sauza video was what really made it worthwhile…thanks!

    • Nicole April 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jody – these coasters are really easy and FUN to create. I’ve already planned other designs so stayed tuned ……. and bring your wallet to Lord’s Acre!!!!!

      Hugs,
      Nicole

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  25. Angel Lazo January 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Simple enough! I’ll be trying this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Angel Lazo January 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Simple enough! I’ll be trying this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Kimberly Emery January 15, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Love this. I plan to do something similar with all of the beer coasters my husband has collected over the years from his brewery tours. Thanks for giving me the ‘how to’!

    • Nicole January 16, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

      What an awesome idea, Kimberly, I hope you’ll share finished pictures of your project. A friend of mine is a big international beer collector too; he has a room in his house and shelves high in the garage with bottles of beers from around the world. I got to bring back bottles from Haiti and Jerusalem for him. A cool experience, indeed!

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  28. Kimberly Emery January 15, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Love this. I plan to do something similar with all of the beer coasters my husband has collected over the years from his brewery tours. Thanks for giving me the ‘how to’!

    • Nicole January 16, 2016 at 8:20 am - Reply

      What an awesome idea, Kimberly, I hope you’ll share finished pictures of your project. A friend of mine is a big international beer collector too; he has a room in his house and shelves high in the garage with bottles of beers from around the world. I got to bring back bottles from Haiti and Jerusalem for him. A cool experience, indeed!

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  29. Stephanie January 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve made similar coasters before, using labels from beer bottles. I also had the problem of water-tightness with the modpodge on the first one I made and didn’t have access to the acrylic sealant, so on future tiles used araldite (epoxy glue) instead. This created a nice, waterproof, streak free, glossy surface.

    • Nicole January 16, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Thanks for the idea, Stephanie! I will definitely look for that epoxy glue next time. I need to make more of these tile coasters as I’ve given all of mine away!

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  30. Stephanie January 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve made similar coasters before, using labels from beer bottles. I also had the problem of water-tightness with the modpodge on the first one I made and didn’t have access to the acrylic sealant, so on future tiles used araldite (epoxy glue) instead. This created a nice, waterproof, streak free, glossy surface.

    • Nicole January 16, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

      Thanks for the idea, Stephanie! I will definitely look for that epoxy glue next time. I need to make more of these tile coasters as I’ve given all of mine away!

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  33. Connie January 21, 2016 at 1:30 am - Reply

    I think these are cute & since you mentioned using a photo I was thinking these would be cute with photos of Grandkids

    • Nicole January 21, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Absolutely, Connie! You’ve inspired me to make some photo coasters for the grandparents using Kamden’s pictures. They’ll be a hit!!!!

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  36. Jeannie January 22, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I have a friend that used Christmas napkins to make these coasters. Also monogrammed napkins for coasters. I think a stencil and a very nice napkin would work for mono grams too

    • Nicole January 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Great idea Jeannie!

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  37. Jeannie January 22, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I have a friend that used Christmas napkins to make these coasters. Also monogrammed napkins for coasters. I think a stencil and a very nice napkin would work for mono grams too

    • Nicole January 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

      Great idea Jeannie!

      Sent from my ASUS

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  42. Elaine April 22, 2016 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Nicole, your coasters look great! Another source of material to use would be out dated wallpaper sample books; from places like Sherwin Williams that will give them out freely when asked.

  43. Elaine April 22, 2016 at 12:15 am - Reply

    Nicole, your coasters look great! Another source of material to use would be out dated wallpaper sample books; from places like Sherwin Williams that will give them out freely when asked.

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