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Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader Heather…

This is a hip and frugal homemade gift idea for the holidays.  Super easy and inexpensive!

Ceramic Tile Coasters

Step 1. Gather your materials:

*4 1/2 inch ceramic tiles (purchased from Home Depot for 12 cents each!)
*Scrapbook paper, cut into 3 3/4 inch squares
*Mod Podge
*sponge brush
*adhesive felt dots

Step 2. Apply adhesive felt dots to underside of ceramic coasters.

Step 3. Using a sponge brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to underside of square scrapbook paper and press down onto ceramic tile, smoothing out any air bubbles. Allow to dry completely.

Step 4. Apply thin layer of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper with sponge brush.  Let dry completely, then apply another layer of Mod Podge.  Repeat two or three more times, allowing Mod Podge to dry completely between layers.  (You may choose to spray an acrylic sealer over the top of finished coasters, this gives them a better seal and will make them more waterproof).

Step 5. After coasters dry completely, wrap up in a decorative ribbon and they are ready to gift! This project could be done with photos if you want to make a more personalized gift!

Happy Holidays!

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Comments 56

  1. Ashley

    Love it! Do you think this could be done with pictures printed on regular printer paper?

    • Leila

      That would even be cutier to use pictures.

      • Kele B

        I made a beautiful wall hanging this way with photos on wood.


          yes! and if you want extra sharp clarity on top( i found) that modge podge can leave brush strokes ) i used polyurethane from home depot. smooth clear and cute!

    • Sarah

      I just made these for Christmas gifts, printed in black and white on regular printer paper and it worked great and they look so cute. I made 5 sets for different people, some with photos, some with sports/game logos. Bought the tiles at Home Depot for $.13 cents a piece, so for a set of 4 coasters it cost around $.50!!! Cant beat that price for an adorable Christmas gift 🙂

    • Alisha

      You can do pictures that are printed on photo paper. I have. I make these all the time and sell these at craft fairs

  2. Melanie

    oh my – i love this idea with photos! Thanks SO much!
    Will definitely be doing this! Happy Holidays 🙂

  3. Sher F.

    Yes it can. My stepdaughter did it at school a couple years ago.

  4. Jen

    These are so adorable! Love the photo idea.

  5. Heather J.

    Thank you SOOOO much Collin for sharing my project!!

    • Ashley

      Thank you for the great idea!

    • Kathy

      Thanks for sharing your idea – super cute, fun and frugal!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I agree! Thank YOU for sharing your awesome gift idea. I LOVE it! Also, your Amazon gift card will be emailed soon. 🙂

    • Sarah

      Heather, if you dont mind me asking, where did you find your felt dots? I saw some at Home Depot but they were small and kind of pricey.

      • Heather J.

        I bought them at Hobby Lobby in the framing/picture department. 99 cents for a big pack!

        • Sarah

          Genius! I would have never thought to check there. Thank you for replying, off to Hobby Lobby I go for the hundredth time this holiday season, haha 🙂

      • trudy

        elt Dots for this project are much cheaper at Menards.

      • trudy

        Felt Dots for this project are much cheaper at Menards.

    • Kristen

      Hi Heather, Can you tell me what section of Home Depot you find the tile in? Thanks!

      • Heather J.

        Look in the tile department. I just searched among them all until I found these. I’m pretty sure you can have someone who works there point you right to them. Hope that helps!

        • Kristen

          Found them! Thanks!!

  6. Fuzzy Wuzzy

    This is WAY better than buying a bunch of ipods, tvs, and so forth. Homemade is cheaper and means so much more!

  7. D

    It’s the point of coasters to soak up water so it doesn’t run all over the table? These are water proof so the water will run all over.

    • terri

      Hi D, the point of my coasters is for my glass/cup not to leave a wet ring on my table, not for the coasters to absorb water…just to keep moist things off furniture.

  8. Ariel

    My sisters and I are actually doing these this afternoon. But we are using photos. If you print the photos on reg paper, I think they look alot better. Use a laser ink printer, not an ink jet printer. I have seen on Pinterest people actually print the photos on tissue paper. It’s looks super cute!

  9. Carie

    Can you get the sealer at Michael’s or would you have to purchase at Home Depot?

    • heidi

      They have it at Michaels!

  10. Marlena

    LOVE this idea ! I will be making some for Christmas gifts 🙂

  11. Mir

    I was going to ask if anyone had any idea how to make absorbent ones? Totally love the posted idea – you could even decorate some boring tiles in the bathroom or kitchen like that (in areas that don’t get too much scrubbing perhaps) or tiles that would be just decorative, hanging on the wall or kids rooms but for coasters I’d prefer the ones that are absorbent. I’m afraid there’s no making those 🙁

    • babs7881

      you can buy tumbled marble tiles at any home improvement store (just make sure that you buy the natural unsealed tiles). they are relatively cheap as well. you can stamp them with staz-on brand ink and any stamp. then bake them at 350 for a while. i usually bake for an hour or so. they are not “thirsty stone” absorbent, but they do pretty well. i put cork on the bottom of mine. the staz-on ink is the most expensive part, but with a 40% off coupon, it can be had for a few dollars at hobby lobby. i’ve heard you can also use sharpies for accents on the stamps, but i haven’t had very good luck with that.

  12. Jenn

    Thanks for the great idea! I will be attempting to make these for teacher gifts and family as well!!

  13. Donna

    Thanks so much. All my Coasters are broken AGAIN.

  14. Michelle C

    GREAT DIY idea!

  15. Michele

    I love this!!! I’m going to try to personalize it to CHRISTmas 2012!

  16. maflies1

    Would these work under hot dishes, like from the oven?

    • gohogsgoinar

      Since they are ceramic tiles I would be cautious using them as trivets. Probably need to get something a little more sturdy

    • Megan

      I don’t think so. I just made some and put my hot coffee mug and it left and indent. I am not sure why, the ceramic sealer shouldn;t melt….

  17. Faith

    I will be making these for my family this year. I just ordered the dots online, now I need to get to lowes or home depot. I can’t wait.

  18. jamie

    I received a set from a student a couple of years ago. They used Christmas napkins for the design. Great gift!

  19. Leann

    I’ve made these before too, except I used printed Christmas napkins.

  20. Lorie

    Thanks for the great idea. Has anyone tried making these with fabric?

    • carri

      No thanks, yours are a lot more then what I could make them for. Cute though.

    • Ashley

      Super cute!

  21. Char

    I made these for end of the year gifts for my kid’s teachers last year. I cut out felt squares the same size as the tiles instead of using the felt dots.

  22. Cynthia JM

    Awesome!! I have been in search of some nice coasters and could not fine any now I’m going to create one myself thanks for sharing.

  23. Latasha

    I just finished building my house and made myself some with our address and a heart repeating across the page. One regular sized page gave me the 4 coasters I needed. I made one as a tester using a glossy magazine page cut to size and it worked well too. I did the mod podge directly on the tile and then put the paper down and then used an acrilic sealer after two top coats of mod podge. Look so good!

  24. elina

    What a great idea

  25. Keri

    I made these this year as Christmas gifts, but with pictures as well. I did the same thing you did, but then added a picture. I printed the pictures on photo paper (regular paper made the ink run when using the mod podge) and I used spray mod podge rather then the regular stuff. I did the spray in layers – totaling aabout 3 layers when all was said and done. They came out great!!

  26. Bridge

    This is a great idea! I love getting these tiles at dollar stores and I was using them as coasters but the mugs were sticking to them when wet and they broke. Now this idea might work with the felt bottoms.

  27. Brittany

    so can we use regular pictures that are printed from like walgreens on there? if so how?

  28. Suzan YH

    Hello, guestion do you think it would hurt anything if I laminate the pictures before adding the mod podge?

  29. Megan

    Why did my finish melt/ dent when I put a hot cup on it?

  30. Pat Burks

    Just finished one — a printed photo on 24 pound paper. I seem to have dodged the fading ink problem by letting it dry and by putting the mod podge on the tile and laying the photo with a brayer. I did have a problem with using a regular brush (brush marks) instead of a foam brush. I used a spray polyurethane on this one; will try spray mod podge on the next one. Wish I had thought of this before — I have several dozen tiles.

  31. Chris

    Using the acrylic sealer is key. Don’t skip that step, otherwise they get sticky and it ruins them. I had one stick to a glass and when my guest picked up the glass, the coaster came with it, then fell off onto her infant’s head and cut him!

  32. renee carney

    i am hoping someone can help me, i used alcohol ink before i stamped on my tile then added a coat of mod podge and my stazon ink keeps sticking to the tile when i lift it off, i let it dry long enough but am wondering what i am doing wrong, thanks for any info you can give me on this- i have ruined so many tiles trying to get this right

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