Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DIY Photo Coasters - My Favorite Finds

Hi Everyone, we are so excited to have Carrie from "My Favorite Finds" here at the Cafe today....


We are blessed to still have grandparents living.  Our children are growing up with great-grandparents, and we are so thankful for that!

 At Christmas, we love to still give gifts to our grandparents...but what do you give someone who already has and is content with everything?

I whipped up these cute photo coasters, and I was so pleased with how they turned out, that I want to make some for our new living/game room in the basement.


*4 square tiles, 4"x4" (I found these at Home Depot in the shower/tile section.  They were only about 19 cents a piece)

*Mod podge

*Printed photos, trimmed to 4"x4"

*Sponge brush

*Oil paint brush

*Clear polyurethane

*3/4" felt pads

*Hot glue/glue gun


1.  Print your photos, on regular printer paper, in black and white.  I cut and pasted mine into a Word document and printed them.  I chose black and white because I like the dramatic look of that, and I didn't want to risk the color running or smearing when I applied the Mod Podge.

2.  Trim your photos so they are 4"x4".

3.  Using the sponge brush, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the surface of your tile and lay the photo on it.

4.  Smooth the air bubbles out and repeat this for the other three tiles.

5.  Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the face of your photo.  Allow it to dry, then repeat this two more times.

6.  Let your photos dry for a few hours.  Using the oil paintbrush, apply a few thick coats of quick drying polyurethane

to the surface of your tiles.  Let this dry for 24 hours.

7.  After the polyurethane has dried, turn your tiles over face down.  Apply a small amount of hot glue to each corner and adhere the felt pads.

I think these will make cute gifts for Grandparents Day, birthdays, and Mothers/Father's Day.  
I am sure that before too long, all the grandparents and Godparents will be the recipient of a set of coasters.


  1. Carrie these are so cute! Thank you for the great tutorial and you are right...they would make awesome gifts!

  2. I love this idea and think I am going to have to make some for mother's day!!! Great share!

  3. This is very cool, simple and easy! i will definitely make some of those that!

    oh, does it matter what kind of printer? laser or ink?

  4. Wow... I am so doing this.. wish me luck..

  5. Hi Carrie, these are adorable, and such a great idea for any type of photo theme. I think I'll be making some of these!! ~ Amy

  6. Very cool idea! I am definitely going to give this a go!

    Great post!

  7. Fantastic idea Carrie - love this idea! Thank you so much for visiting with us today - please come back again soon xx Nat

  8. This is the best tutorial, Carrie! Thank you so much! Your coasters turned out wonderful! I have always wanted to do this with some postcards I have...think I'm going to finally give it a try...all I need are the tiles :) Thanks for the great share at the Cafe and inspiring me!

  9. Oh this is awesome I would love to make these for mothers day presents!