Sunday, September 4, 2011

Scrapbook Coasters Tutorial

Here is one of my favorite new projects! We are big fans of using coasters in our household for two reasons: A) Water rings on furniture are NOT a good thing, and B) They're colorful and pretty!

Here is a SUPER cheap and fun way to make your own coasters to match any room/holiday/mood you may have!

Four 4x4 tiles (from the tile section at hardware stores) Mine cost a bank-busting 30 cents a piece.
scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Hot glue or fabric glue
Thick fabric (felt or fleece) for the backing

Let's Get Started!

Begin by cutting four pieces of scrapbook paper to fit your tiles. I made mine slightly smaller than 4" squares so I would have a small border.

Using a foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the back of your paper in a thin layer.

Make sure it's not too thick and is spread smoothly

Apply the paper to the top of the tile, being careful to remove any air bubbles or wrinkles.

Repeat on all tiles. Isn't that pretty already?? Let them dry for a bit.

Cut four pieces of thick fabric to almost cover the bottom of your tiles. This will be to pad them on your table top and keep them from scratching your wood!

Flip the tiles over and apply glue on a few of the ridges.

Place your fabric on the glue and let dry.

Once your paper is completely dry from the first Mod Podge step, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the top in an even layer.Make sure you get the edges of the paper because this will be sealing your coasters. Allow to dry and apply more coats as needed until you get the finish you want. I did three coats.

Tie up with a pretty ribbon for a wonderful housewarming gift or keep for yourself!

How cute would these be with Christmas or holiday paper, or with a monogram?? The possibilities are endless, and with a price tag of less than $2 for the whole project, you can make as many as you want!

*I've had no trouble with water affecting my cured Mod Podge, but if you're worried about it getting goey, or plan on using your coasters all. the. may want to seal them with an acrylic sealer*

Happy Crafting!

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  1. These are so cute! What a great idea!

  2. What a great idea! My mom has been looking for some coasters for their game room with no luck...this would be a great gift for her!

  3. love it! I have some paper I have been saving for something like this. Thanks for sharing!

  4. These are so nice...I have lots of paper....need to make some for the gift closet. Great tutorial, thanks!

  5. I love these and may make some for easy and fun Christmas gifts. Love it!!!
    I have also seen some made using resin but that seems alot more complicated.
    Following you now!!!

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  7. Love it! I am definitely going to try these. This will be a great gift for Christmas! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. those look great. i was wondering about it sealing also, but I'm willing to give it a try! I dropped in to tell you I featured you at my blog today!
    Have a lovely day, Maria

  9. This is a great idea for gifts. I love it.

    Hope you can visit me too at

  10. Great gift idea! Thanks...

  11. Oh wow these are fabulous.... wonderful gift idea....

  12. You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity. To see the post & pick up your award, visit:

  13. OMG these are cute! Awesome IDEA!!!

    Keep Creating!
    Angie @ Artsy You

  14. These came out so cute!! Great Job! I love making these, because they are easy to do!!

  15. Too cute! I love it! If you have time, I'd love to have you link it up to my party at Thanks for sharing!

  16. I think even this completely uncrafty mom over here could handle this! yay! Found you on tatertots! :)


    {A Mom Without Facebook}

  17. These are so cute! This will be on my list of things to make for Christmas. Thanks! -Juli @

  18. I've always wanted to try this! Thanks for this tutorial!

  19. Hi there, what a great idea to make for Christmas gift giving. Something handmade is always appreciated. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  20. These are perfect and would make such cute Christmas gifts!! Thanks for sharing! I would love for you to come share this at our link

  21. I just bought all the materials for this yesterday as I plan to make them as gifts for my kid's teachers. How great to see this here. I have pinned and stumbled this post. I am a new Twitter and FB follower from Blue Cricket Design. Vicky from Mess For Less

  22. I made these last week. Thank you for sharing. They are super easy and super inexpensive. I plan on making more and maybe making sets for all the holidays so people can rotate them out.

    Here is the link to mine

  23. These are great! I love that you can make them in any style/color you want to go with any decor! Perfect as a gift too. :)

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  24. These are really just too cute! I just bought myself a set of 4 tiles to do something similar to these. Thanks for sharing!

  25. The pattern you used on the coasters are nice. You made scrapbook paper more useful too! It's great that you thought of doing this and sharing it here. I think that this will a great gift idea too!

    Jake Grant


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