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As a Mom, whether you are working or staying at home, it is often hard to find time to do craft projects. I don't know about you but I find crafts to be very relaxing after a stressful day. For that reason I look for projects that can easily be broken down in to smaller steps that don’t have to be done at once, or projects that are very quick and easy. A quick and easy craft project that I love is making tile coasters.
I have made these coasters so many times, for myself and for gifts. I love the quick assembly and the final product can be given as a beautiful homemade gift that didn't break the bank or take up too much time.
total preparation and assembly – less than 15 minutes
total drying time – at least a couple of hours (follow manufacturers guidelines based on product used)
Let's Make Tile Coasters
You can get ceramic tiles at the big chain home improvement stores. I found my for 0.16 cents a piece. I used one piece of felt that I typically purchase for about 0.39 cents and one piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper which runs from 0.59 to 1.99 depending on the paper you choose. I have spray adhesive on hand at all times, it is a must have product for my craft room. To make a set of 4 coasters typically costs me less than $2.00 and my time involved is less than 10 minutes (not including the drying of the spray varnish)
I am an avid crafter so I have scissors, a rotary blade and a paper cutter available for my use, if you do not have all of these tools you can use just scissors. When I use my paper cutter I am able to cut out 4 pieces of 4×4 paper to cover the tiles, very quickly. You could use a different color paper, or design on each tile, the sky is the limit.
If you are using scissors the easiest thing to do is lay the tile on the back of the paper and trace around them. If you line them up to the corner edges you only have to make two cuts. If you use a rotary cutter simply lay the tiles on the back of the paper, lining them up to the edges will mean you are only making two cuts, don’t forget to hold your tile down firmly so they don’t move.
Once you have cut out your paper, spray the adhesive over the entire surface of the tile. The adhesive I use is permanent so it holds the paper securely. I place my cut paper on the glued tile and press it down to secure it, making sure to use the pressure of my hand over the complete surface to ensure good adhesion.
I have an old box that I use as my “spray box” I place my tile in the box and then spray it with glue in there. It keeps the glue from getting all over everything. I also use it for the varnish step of my project.
I use the same process for cutting out the felt as I did for cutting out the paper. I chose to have the felt cover the entire back of my tile. For me personally I think it looks more finished. There are small felt circles available that can be used, one on each corner if you choose this option. The back of the tiles are slightly rough so I definitely suggest you use one of these options so the tiles don’t scratch tables, etc.
I again place my tile in the spray box and spray the adhesive on the back side of the tile. My box is large enough so I can put the tile in a “dry” area so I don’t get glue residue from spraying the paper previously on the front side of my tile. I place the cut felt on the glued tile and press down making sure to apply pressure over the entire surface of the tile for good adhesion.
The last step is to spray a varnish over the top of the paper. It creates a glossy covering to the scrapbook paper. I want the coaster to be protected from condensation running down the side of a glass, or spills. With the varnish covering the paper it becomes washcloth or sponge washable. I use my spray box again to apply a layer of varnish over the paper and let it dry thoroughly . The drying of the varnish is the longest step. I let it dry for several hours, it will depend on the manufactures specifications of the varnish you use.
I can cut the paper and the felt, plus glue them both for a set of 4 coasters in less than 5 minutes. Even if you aren’t crafty you could do this in minimal time. It would also be an easy project for children. I would use your judgement on the spraying of the adhesive based on your children’s age or ability. Fun steps they could do if they are little would be to help pick out the paper to use, press down the paper onto the glued surface as well as the felt. I would recommend not having children use the varnish as it is recommended to be done in a well ventilated space, and not inhaled any more than necessary. There are other items in craft stores that can be used to create a “clear coat” on the top of the tile. If you have a product you prefer that is great.
I would make sure if you give these for a gift to make it clear not to wash them in the dishwasher or submerge them in water. They should be sponge/spot washed.
These would be a great gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, virtually any occasion you can think of. It is as simple as choosing paper that suits your occasion. You can match any home décor with the variety of paper designs that are available.
I hope you enjoy a quick and easy craft project that is made with love. I would love if you would share pictures if you make your own Tile Coasters.
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