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DIY Photo Coasters

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These custom coasters make a great gift or you can make them for yourself with some of your favorite pictures.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought they would look great using some old black and white family photos.  The best part is this is a totally inexpensive craft that makes a great gift.

It’s so simple that you can definitely have the kids help you with it.

Supplies You Need:

Ceramic Tiles (I grabbed a few at Home Depot for 11¢ each)

Modge Podge I used matt finish (more on that later)

Foam Brushes I used the widest brush I had

Felt Pads I used 1-inch pads

Plaid Acrylic Sealer

Getting Started

I liked the look of black and white photos on the white tiles.  I took 4″ x 6″ photos and trimmed them down to fit on the 4″ x 4″ tiles.  I left a little white border showing all the way around.  I applied Modge Podge to the entire surface of the tile and applied the photo. I let that dry overnight and applied two coats of Modge Podge over the top of the photo.  Allow this to dry for several hours between coats.  I was busy with other things, so I just let each coat dry a full day.

I originally used glossy Modge Podge but I did not like the look.

Glossy Modge Podge leaves streaks
The glossy finish left heavy streaking across the picture even after drying.

I tried sanding it lightly with a 220 grit sandpaper.  I sanded it so much that the Modge Podge pulled off in one giant piece.  Luckily, it did not damage the picture so I was able to just go over the photo with matt Modge Podge.

Matt finish Modge Podge
The Matt finish appears less streaky.

I sealed all the coasters with Plaid acrylic sealer to add further protection.

DIY photo coasters

I gave them to my mom for a Mother’s Day gift.  It’s a great way to display family photos.

DIY photo coasters
Purple is her favorite color.

 

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