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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

75 Comments

  1. missys on March 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    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 on March 4, 2012 at 6:08 pm

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

  2. Justine on March 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Stopping by from the Weekend Wrap UP Party!!! http://queenofsavings.com

  3. Johnnie on March 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    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 on March 3, 2012 at 11:48 am

      That’s great Johnnie! Don’t mind at all 🙂

  4. Sarah .M on March 3, 2012 at 2:34 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on March 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

      Thank you!! Just regular print paper!

  5. Shanty2Chic on February 28, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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

  6. Joyce on February 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    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.

  7. Kim on February 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Love it!! Could you do pictures too?

  8. Sonya @ So Simple on February 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    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.

  9. Lisa on February 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    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!

  10. Megan on February 27, 2012 at 10:03 am

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

  11. Linda Jarraf on February 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

    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 on February 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

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

  12. Lori on February 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

    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 on February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

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

  13. Sarah Webb on February 27, 2012 at 7:20 am

    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 on February 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

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

  14. Kellie on February 27, 2012 at 6:24 am

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

  15. Debbie on February 27, 2012 at 6:09 am

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

  16. Stacy D on February 27, 2012 at 4:52 am

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

  17. june on February 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

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

  18. Stephanie on February 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    p.s. I pinned it!! 🙂
    gatheredinthekitchen.com

  19. Stephanie on February 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on February 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you Stephanie! 🙂
      ~W

  20. Brittany on February 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    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 on February 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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

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