Truthfully, I’ve never really been big on coasters. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever actually purchased any. I usually just make do with an envelope or something of the sort. Recently having been faced with a bedroom of newly painted furniture I adore and very much want to maintain, coasters have become a very real necessity.
I’m also kind of obsessed with decorating things with Mod Podge and scrapbook paper. It’s so unbelievably easy! It’s like I’ve found a way to bypass the ugliness of everyday objects.
This whole project was actually ridiculously inexpensive. I’m talking less than you would pay for a coffee.
- Tiles: .16 each! Even the girl at home depot thought she had rung them up incorrectly!
- Scrapbook Paper: .59/sheet (one sheet made 4 coasters)
- Felt (not pictured): .29/sheet
- On hand: Mod Podge, foam brush, scissors, pencil, ruler, hot glue gun
Considering the supplies on I had on hand, this cost me a grand total of $1.52! I should treat myself to something nice for being so frugal!
I traced one of the tiles on the back of the scrapbook paper 4 times. They are all the same size and square, which makes the measurements super easy! You then cut out the squares you traced. I would recommend cutting the squares a tiny bit smaller than your outline. Maybe I’m imagining things, but I felt like my paper expanded when I slathered on the Mod Podge.
After cutting out the paper, you want to put a layer of Mod Podge on the tile and another on the back of your paper. I applied probably an average coat, but I guess this would depend on the thickness of your paper.
You also want to do the tracing step with the felt and cut it into the squares. I made my felt a bit smaller than the tiles as well. Craft felt poking out from the bottom of my coasters was not the look I was going for.
Using a hot glue gun, glue your felt to the back of the tiles.
You want to let the paper dry a bit before you apply another layer of Mod Podge over it. I let mine dry overnight, but you want to wait at least 15-20 minutes. Apply another layer of Mod Podge to the paper and let dry for 24 hours.
And you’re done! In my opinion, the toughest part of the whole thing was deciding on the paper. But then again, decisiveness is not exactly my strong suit.
Making these with photos would make such an adorable gift! You can order 4” prints on Shutterfly for .25 each, which would be the perfect size for these.
I had purchased a couple of extra tiles in case I screwed this up. Since it was super easy and I didn’t, I had two extra tiles to try this out with a different pattern of paper! I love these too!