Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY Photo Coasters for Father's Day

A girlfriend of mine recently taught me how to make these adorable DIY photo coasters, so I decided to make them as a gift to my husband for Father's Day. They were surprisingly easy to make and I hope to make some more soon!

-Tile (I found mine at Home Depot for 16 cents a piece)
-Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre
-Modge Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
-Sponge brush
-Paper trimmer or x-acto knife
-Photo corner rounder (optional)


My friend took her photos and roughly tore them to size to give it a rough look, however I decided I wanted a cleaner cut look. I started by cutting out a 3.5" x 3.5" square out of construction paper.  You don't have to use my measurements...these tiles are 4.25" x 4.25", so technically you can cut your photos a little larger.

I then placed that square on top of my photos to where I wanted to crop them.

I then lightly marked the photo by tracing the square onto it.  I mostly traced the corners so I knew where to cut the photo. (as you can see in the picture below)

You can use an x-acto knife, however I used my paper trimmer to cut the photos to size.

So now I have a 3.5" x 3.5" photo of my kids.

I then decided to round the corners of the photos (this is optional).

All done cutting them out! Now comes the fun part!

Take a tile and apply a thin layer of the Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre.

Then place your photo in the center of the tile.

Next apply another layer of Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre.  On the first coat make sure you go up and down. Then let it sit and dry for about 10-15 minutes.  Apply a second coat, this time going left to right.  And again let it sit and dry for about 10-15 minutes.

Take your coasters outside (believe me...you won't want to do the next part inside).  Place them on top of some newspaper or a grocery bag and start spraying a thin layer of the Modge Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer. I let it dry for about 15 minutes and then applied a second coat.  This is to seal it and protect the surface of the coasters.

I waited about 2-3 hours before I did the next step...but I think the can of acrylic said to let it dry for 24 hours. I cut out a square piece of felt using scissors for each tile.  I think these were roughly 4" x 4" in size.  I applied a layer of Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre to the bottom of the tile then adhered the felt to it.

All finished!

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