Friday, June 1, 2012

easy photo coaster tutorial

So, I made these for Mother's Day, but I think they would make the perfect Father's Day Gift as well! Or even a housewarming gift....Valentine's Day fact, I can't think of one holiday where this wouldn't be a perfect present. 

Presenting an Easy Photo Coaster Tutorial:

Materials Needed:
Ceramic Tiles (I used 6) Mine were purchased for a mere 10 cents each at Lowe's! Bargain!

(I chose white, but I think colored tiles would be super festive!)

mod podge
foam brush 
sealant spray 
printed photographs

Step 1) Choose and print your photos
Since my tiles were a wee bit bigger than 4 x 4, I made my photos 4 x 4. You can make them any even size you'd like as long as they're a hair smaller than your tiles.

Step 2) Cut out your photos.

Step 3) Mod Podge your tiles and place each photo on a tile.  Let them dry completely before continuing. 


Step 4) Mod Podge over your photo. This will kind of feel like you're destroying the photo during the process. There will be white mod podge lines running all over the photos. Don't worry, they will dry and become invisible. 

Step 5) Let tiles dry completely. 

Step 6) Repeat Steps 4 and 5 two more times. 

Step 7) Once everything is completely dry, spray with sealant. I applied three different layers of sealant, waiting for the tiles to dry completely between each layer. The sealant is what will keep the coasters from getting ruined when water condenses from whatever drink you have on them. 

Step 8) Enjoy!


  1. This is so nice to know. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for linking up to Flaunt It Friday! :) Hope you will come back and visit!


  2. Fabulous tutorial - I really want to try this :) Maggie xx

  3. I've been wanting to try something like this for a long time, but I never seem to get around to it. :) Yours coasters turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great tutorial! I’d love for you to share this project on Tuesday’s Tidbits @ Naptime Delights:

    Thanks so much!

  5. Hello Jennifer,
    I love the idea of making a few sets of these photo coaster, this week for Father’s Day gifts. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. ;o)
    Smiles, Paula

  6. Featuring on Thursday at Bacon Time!

  7. what a great idea--such an awesome gift idea!

  8. They turned out beautifully ~ what a great gift!

  9. This is a great idea!! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

  10. Thanks, all! Sarah, I'll head over there today! Mindie, thanks so much, I'll pop by for a visit on Thursday!

  11. Such a lovely idea! These would make a great gift!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I have done these with scrapbook paper, but I love the idea of making them with photos. Super cute!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

  14. what a great gift
    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

  15. This is such a cute gift idea. I am going to make these for my mom. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday I hope to see you there!

  16. What a smart, simple project! Thank you for sharing it. :)

  17. I have coasters, and I think I will make these for my dad for fathers day!
    I would love if you came over linked this up at Sunday Round Up!

  18. Thank you so much for share this on Dare to Share. You are being featured this weekend because this is a great gift idea for dad or grandpa.

  19. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! I've also pinned your post to my Tuesday Confessional Feature board in Pinterest. Congrats and I hope to see you again at this week's party!

  20. Gotta make these - love them! Such a personal touch to a gift!

  21. Thanks for all the coaster love everyone!!! I'm off to visit all of your parties right now!!!

  22. This is wonderful! Perfect for the Grandparents! I have a whole bottle of Mod Podge just waiting for this project. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.

  23. What kind of spray sealant did you use??? I am considering doing this as a gift for Christmas.

    THanks~ Amanda


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