DIY Coasters and Free Printables!

Hi friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I’m so excited to share my latest project with you!  This one is super cheap, easy, and doesn’t require a power tool! Yeah!

I have been wanting some coasters to replace my old ones and finished them up recently!  I decided to make these super easy to recreate by giving you guys another free printable to make them… Whoop!

Here are mine all finished…

You only need a few supplies for these cuties…

4×4 tumbled marble tiles – I found mine at Lowe’s for around $4 for a box of 10… Pretty darn cheap!

You will also need some Mod Podge.  I used Matte, but you can use glossy also.

You will also need a sealer for your coasters.  I used another new favorite of mine…

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane with Soft Touch

I love this stuff! It’s my new favorite finish for my furniture and crafting projects.  It dries super fast, and protects all my hard work! You can check out more info on it HERE, and you can buy a small can super cheap at Lowe’s!

You will also need some artwork for your coasters.  You can search and print your own on your computer, or you can also download my free coaster printables by clicking the picture below!

If you choose to do your own artwork, just print it from your computer at home and you are set to go.

First, I put two coats of Mod Podge on the BACK of my tile like this, and let it dry.  You can use the front of the tile, but I found that it seemed to work better with the back.

Once my tiles were dry I added a coat of Mod Podge to my artwork.

Then, I put my tile down on my design like this.  You want the side of the tile you have put Mod Podge on to lay face down on your design.  The wax paper on the counter is only keeping me from making a mess on my countertop!

I used a credit card (or insurance card ;-)) to push all my air bubbles out.

Time to cook! I put mine in the oven at 170 degrees for 20 minutes.

I let my tiles after cooking.  Then, I use my finger and a bit of water to rub the paper off to reveal the design.

A few tips on this part…

You are rubbing the paper off.  The design has now been transferred to your layers of Mod Podge.  The more you continue rubbing, the lighter your design will be.  If you soak it in water rather than rubbing it off the design will come off completely.  I did mine, and then I would let them dry up for a few minutes.  Then I would see any other places that needed to be rubbed a bit more.  Hope this makes sense.  It’s kind of like distressing.  You decided how worn and weathered you want it.

Once those dried I added my Rust-Oleum sealer.  I used 2 coats because we use our coasters lots!

I also added some felt circles to the bottom of my tiles so I wouldn’t scratch the furniture.

Want to see them all finished???

I love the look it gives you!  They almost look stamped and aged.  Super cute and custom!  These would make a great teacher gift, birthday gift, you name it!  I made my set for under $5!

Hope you love them!  These really are soooo easy to make, and they look like I got them at Anthro or somewhere.  Too cute! My kind of DIY!

I would LOVE for you to PIN them like crazy below ;-)  Have a great week!

~Whitney

  • Tara

    I cannot get the link to work for the printables!! can you please update !!
    Thank youuu!!

    Sincerely,
    Would love to try this!

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  • Sarah Yeager

    Hi there! I adore these coasters and want to make some for my friend for Christmas. However, the download link for the coaster images no longer works or was removed. Anyway you could repost the artwork?? Thank you SO much!:)

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  • Rosemary Dailey

    Made these with a map which I had enlarged 4X16… now that I am at the rubbing off stage..there seems to be a white film on the tile. When I wet it , it goes away and the image is more vibrant. Is this normal or do I keep rubbing. I thought m aybe when I applied the poly it would solve the problem?

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  • Sandy

    I also LOVE this project and the designs, but can download the printables. Is there another place to access these?

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  • Meaghan

    Do you still have a link to the printables? The one posted does not work? I would like to make them for mothers day, i love them!

  • April

    Wonderful snow day craft! Made these, and my husband and teenage son even commented how nicely they turned out. I’m partial to farmhouse style, so I used photos of farm animals. So sweet and simple, but very upscale, and so much nicer than the decoupage look. This was the easiest craft ever, and had no issues using my inkjet printer. Did wait to Modge Podge an hour after printing, just to be 100% sure my print job was dry. Used cork bumpers, and wrapped/tied in a bow with jute rope. 5 coasters for just under $5! The printable link didn’t work for me, but that was ok, because it got my creative juices flowing. Once again, you ladies have outdone yourselves!

  • Shaina

    Would it be possible to re-post the link for the free printables?

  • Teri

    There are 9 tiles per box, not 10. :)

  • Corey

    The printable patterns are no longer working, can you please email them or repost?

  • Kelly B

    I have a quick question- I tried to click on your design so I could print them off but it wouldn’t work. Could you send the link where you found the printable design?

  • Sara Kathryn Olson

    I did these with colored sports team logos (getting a head start on Christmas gifts) They all turned out wonderful. Used both ink jet printers (a more distressed look to the finished project) and laser (brighter color for finished product. THANKS :)

  • Julia

    Such a great idea, thank you for sharing! I really like your prints’ design, but it seems like the link to them has expired. Could you please re-post or email it to me it if it’s not too much trouble?

  • http://www.RocksNoSaltMommy.com/ Elizabeth

    Just came across this via a Google search and I LOVE this tutorial! What beautiful coasters!

  • NC

    I have tried this project with several different sealants, but have found that most are not resistant to very hot mugs. The heat will either melt the sealant or turn the clear sealant a foggy white color. Is the sealant that you used resistant to hot mugs? Thanks

  • Zoe

    do you have to use this sort of tile, or does a ceramic tile have the same effect?

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hi Zoe! I haven’t tried any other tile but my guess is that it would work well!! Please let us know your experience:)

  • disqus_OZEiT3OXTe

    Hello, help please, I ve tried downloading the images several times with no luck. Ive done it through ILIVID with no results. Any other suggestions ?

  • Paul

    Newbie here: This may be a dumb question but I was wondering why didnt you add an extra layer of modge podge after you peeled the paper off and before you added the polyurethane? Ive seen other DIY sites (where baking wasnt involved) where they loaded up on the modge podge several times before adding the polyurethane so just curious. I’ve never made these before and I want them to be as moisture resistant as possible.

    THANKS!

  • jill

    These look so doable! Thanks for the post! My only question that needs clarifying is: “Then, I put my tile down on my design like this. You want the side of the tile you have put Mod Podge on to lay face down on your design. The wax paper on the counter is only keeping me from making a mess on my countertop!” Do you mean you apply the modpodge in the beginner on the bottom of the tile. Then when it’s time to put the paper on you put modpodge on the top of the tile and also on the art side of the paper? Or paper on counter with modpodge, then put the tile (with MP on it) on top of the paper. Then turn it over to scrape the bubble out? Sorry if none of this makes sense.. I guess I could try all the ways I asked about. Can’t wait to try these!

  • Sue D.

    Great idea! Have some leftover tiles in my garage that have been waiting for just the right idea to come along. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Lucy S

    Do you think you could use paint on a tile like that instead of doing a transfer? I want to make coasters for bridesmaids gifts and paint a design on. Thanks! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/anita.phillips.921 Anita Phillips

      Yes, I stenciled on tile and baked it in the over for 30 mins on 350 degrees. Let it cool, then spray or paint a couple of coats of polyurethane on them. Good Luck!

  • Brenda

    I love your coasters! Do you think I can print photo’s and use them or would they be to distorted?

    • Brenda

      Actually I saw from a link someone else posted that you can use photo’s!

  • Kim

    I made these today but instead of your printouts I printed maps from Google Maps of places that have significance to me. I had to print the maps in reverse to workbut luckily i figured that out before starting. They turned out fantastic!

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  • Pamela Pierce

    I made these today & absolutely LOVE them! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Erin

    Mine just dried up from last night and they are a crazy green color!!!! Not sure how that happened but I love it! Thanks for a DIY that actually looks like you paid good money for it!

  • http://melstampz.blogspot.com/ Mel McCarthy

    Gorgeous, Whitney. Love how they look like the texture of the transfer cement with patterns!

  • http://babycurean.com Catherine

    LOVE these! Will this work for color designs/printed pictures as well or does the black work best? Planning on making these with our baby’s foot prints from the hospital for Father’s Day!

  • Mary

    Has anyone tried this with photos printed out on regular copy paper?

    • Shanty2Chic

      That is the kind of paper I used. :-)

  • Betsy Sears

    Have you tried this method on wood? Like transferring a picture to wood like this: http://www.photobarn.co/Default.asp . My friends and I have tried several methods and none seem to work. Apart from possibly burning the house down by putting wood in the oven, we think this might work. Thanks for the “how to”. Also, if anyone has tips on image transfers to wood pass them along!

  • Angelique

    I absolutely LOVE you guys! There isn’t one thing you’ve done that I haven’t fallen in love with! I had a quick question though bc I love the greyish shade of the coasters. Did you print it out in black & white or was it a grey color you chose? I just want to make sure mine look as close to yours as possible :) Thanks!!

  • Terri

    I just made these coasters! I absolutely love them. Your instructions were super easy to follow, but instead of printing something off i decided to use scrapbook paper i had. It worked excellent!! My one tip though is to use contrasting colors such as black and white on your designs (like your picture) i tried to use pretty light colored paper and the design wouldn’t show up at all so i had to re-do six of them… I painted those six white so i wouldn’t have yo soak the whole image off from before and it showed up great, a lot brighter but less natural than the other three i didn’t have to fix (i initially used black and white designs on those). Thanks for the idea i love them!!!

  • Mandi

    Love this idea. I tried it today..the only trouble I had is that the ink would run every time I put the mod podge on my design. I did manage to get one mod podged without too much running, but when I rubbed of the paper, my design was still pretty blurred due to ink running. What settings did you use on your printer (I used every day printing and normal paper setting). Did anyone else have problems with this? THANKS!!!!

  • http://www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com karen Weight

    Hey, I just wanted to let you ladies know I made these coasters the other day and I love the way they turned out!! Thanks so much for sharing the printable! I appreciate it:) Here is the link to my blog post about them:
    http://karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com/2012/03/shabby-diy-coasters-and-star-redo.html

  • http://ordinarycreative.wordpress.com Debbie Schaefer

    I tried your transfer technique last Friday after falling in love with your project. The instructions were easy to follow and illustrated perfectly. I loved that the supplies were simple, in other words all the supplies were items I had “in stock” in my creative room! I linked to your site from my blog illustrating my twist on your project! Thank you for the inspired project…. Official Shanty fan!
    http://ordinarycreative.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/photo-friday-image-transfer/

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  • http://www.missyscholl.blogspot.com missys

    I am making these right now! They are coming out good, but I needed to give my finger a break! Can’t wait to see them 100% done!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

    • Shanty2Chic

      Agreed! I got tired doing mine too :-)!

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  • http://savedbylovecreations.com Johnnie

    This is great! I have never used the rustoleum poly before, and I am excited to try the transfer technique. It is similar to one I do with polymer clay. Love the prints too. Do you mind if I share this at Printable Decor, with one picture and a link to you and your post?

    • Shanty2Chic

      That’s great Johnnie! Don’t mind at all :-)

  • Sarah .M

    what an amazing diy love it so much, can yo please tell me what sort of paper you used to print on. Thanks

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you!! Just regular print paper!

  • Shanty2Chic

    I think it would if you ran the drawing through a copy machine and used the copy. Hope that makes sense!

  • Joyce

    I have been looking for coasters for awhile and haven’t found any that I liked. I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for this great idea! I also pinned it.

  • Kim

    Love it!! Could you do pictures too?

  • http://www.sosimplerooms.blogspot.com Sonya @ So Simple

    I absolutely love it…..a definite piece of AWE-SOME-NESS! That’s my favorite word right now when it is over the top awesome. A for sure on my list of things to do. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Lisa

    I LOVE your coasters!! I tried some mod-podged coasters a while ago and sealed them with a spray polyurethane and I still had problems with them sticking (especially when I put a hot mug on them.) Before I run out to buy the Rustoleum sealer, I wanted to ask if you had any issues with a hot mug sticking on your coasters? I am so excited to try these!!!! Love you guys!

  • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan

    Love them. My sister made some like this for me for Christmas. They make an awesome gift!

  • Linda Jarraf

    So cute. I used Modpodge to make some coasters and it was very tacky. Even after it dried I could not stack the coasters because they would stick together. Have you had this problem?

    linda

    • Shanty2Chic

      No because I finish them with the Poly and not the Mod Podge. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.mudpiestudio.blogspot.com Lori

    I have a question on your craft … did you you an ink jet printer or a laser printer to print your designs? I think that would make a difference as ink jet printer ink seems to run when it gets wet. I also had the same question as Sarah above, but I realize your wax (or freezer?) paper is just a work surface and not involved in the craft…right?

    • Shanty2Chic

      Yes! Just protecting the countertop. And I have an ink jet printer. It works great! Didn’t run a bit.

  • Sarah Webb

    Ok, I have leftover tiles from something I did a few years ago. You say put it down on paper like this….what is this paper?! It looks like wax paper?! Is it transfer paper?! Thanks~~can’t wait to try. Soooo many possibilities.
    Sarah

    • Shanty2Chic

      Sorry… The wax paper is just protecting the countertop. I mean attach your design to the tile like shown. Hope this helps!

  • Kellie

    This is TERRIFIC! I love this project and many thanks for the printables! :)

  • Debbie

    This is a great project. I pinned it and can’t wait to try! Love it!

  • http://petalsandchalk.com Stacy D

    Love It!! I pinned it, too. this is great. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • june

    This is great! Thanks for this, I’m filing this under my To-do list. Btw, there’s no hyperlink for the Rustoleum product.

  • http://gatheredinthekitchen.com Stephanie

    p.s. I pinned it!! :-)
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  • http://gatheredinthekitchen.com Stephanie

    These are seriously awesome!! I love your designs too! I am adding this to the list of “must makes!” Thanks!!

    • Shanty2Chic

      Thank you Stephanie! :-)
      ~W

  • Brittany

    Would this work with scrapbook paper, And transfer the design onto the tile too?
    Did you just use regular printer paper and stick the design side down on the mod podged side of the tile?

    • Shanty2Chic

      I don’t know about scrapbook paper Brittany. And yes that is what I did. It was kind of hard to explain, sorry! :-)