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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. Elizabeth on August 12, 2013 at 6:40 am

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

  2. NC on August 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    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

    • Genia Tidwell on June 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I too have tried different sealants. The heat like coffee causes the cup to stick. We have also had problems with sticking with cold glasses too. Love to k ow how the sealant you recommend performs.

  3. Zoe on August 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

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

  4. Paul on December 10, 2012 at 1:01 am

    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!

  5. jill on November 8, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    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!

  6. Sue D. on October 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

    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.

  7. Lucy S on October 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

    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! 🙂

    • Anita Phillips on April 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      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!

  8. Brenda on August 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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

    • Brenda on August 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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

  9. Kim on August 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    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!

  10. Pamela Pierce on June 16, 2012 at 12:44 am

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

  11. Erin on May 31, 2012 at 4:35 am

    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!

  12. Mel McCarthy on May 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

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

  13. Catherine on May 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    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!

  14. Mary on May 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

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

    • Shanty2Chic on May 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

      That is the kind of paper I used. 🙂

  15. Betsy Sears on May 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    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!

  16. Angelique on April 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

    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!!

  17. Terri on March 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    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!!!

  18. Mandi on March 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    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!!!!

  19. karen Weight on March 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    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

  20. Debbie Schaefer on March 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    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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