This project has been a long time in the making; I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been banging on about it for months now! In fact I’ve been planning it since my DIY Curtain Hemming post which is in fact, almost exactly a month ago. In blogging terms that feels like forever!
So I got an idea in my head: I want to make coasters to match our curtains in the bedroom. I’ve seen people use tiles to make photograph coasters so with that in mind I toddled off to B&Q and bought myself some tile samples. Now these aren’t the prettiest tiles I could find but I had trouble just finding plain white ones and everything else was 3 times the price so crappy samples it is. I thought, if I want a rounder edge to it I can always give it a sand.
They then lived on a shelf in the dining room for 3 weeks gathering dust. My excuse being that I was practicing my decoupage with Jam Jar Lids and would eventually get round to it. And this week I bit the bullet and gave it a go!
To get an idea of what I wanted to do I practiced with a few bits of fabric on a scrap bit of wood. Curving it over the edge for one piece and leaving it in the centre for the second. My plan was to see if cutting the fabric would leave to frayed an edge and if it did would I be able to sand the edges like you would do with paper decoupage.
The test was very enlightening! I did sand the edges of the fabric… it did… something! It wasnt the effect I wanted but it would definitely work for another project. The piece I had stuck over the end was the more interesting: it made a lovely crisp edge but it had hung over the bottom of the wood and I was still concerned about fraying being an issue. Nonetheless I still trimmed it with the scissors and something wonderful happened! The modge podge had turned the fabric into a sturdy, cuttable material. The line I cut was smooth and neat with no sign of fraying! Plan made! I was ready to start!
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Modge Podge (bought or homemade)
Sandpaper (depending on the quality of your tiles)
Cork or felt to protect the base of the coaster)
Step 1 (optional)
Make up your modge podge. I’ve used contractors PVA (pictured right) because it was the most value per ml… Of course most people may not want to buy 5kg of pva unless you plan on decoupaging a wall! This glue did give a lovely strong finish but you can use whatever pva you have to hand.
Mix up the pva with a little water and you’re ready to go. The usual ratio is 1:1 pva to water but for this project I used 2:1 pva to water as I wanted it slightly thicker to hold the fabric over edge of the tile and it worked perfectly!
Prepare your material by laying it flat and cutting away any lining or edges. Use this time to line up exactly where you want your pattern to lie on the tile because after this, there’s no going back! Cut your material to be a good inch or so larger than your tile: you want to be able to fold it up and still have a little overhang, but not so large that it wants to fall off while your glue is drying.
Spread your modge podge onto the tile and lay over your material, making sure to line it up nice and straight and smooth out and bubbles with your fingers or a flat object such as a credit card. Make it perfect cos this is it!
Now you are going to start on the sides. Lay the tile on it’s top, we haven’t spread any modge podge over it yet so it shouldn’t stick to the surface but you can give it some time to dry if you’re worried. Spread modge podge over one side of the tile and lift the material over that surface. Spread more modge podge over that whole side of material, well over the edges on both sides to ensure that it’s definitely covered in the area you want to cut it. Leave it to fully dry, checking on it to make sure the fabric is still stuck to the side of the tile.
Once the glue is fully dry you can trim the excess fabric with your scissors as close around the edges of the tile as you can, all along the bottom and up the sides. Cut as carefully and as neatly as you can to give it a nice finish but if you trim a little too far into the tile it’s not the end of the world.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each of the sides of the tile.
Cover the entire top and sides of the tile with the modge podge and leave to dry. Repeat this step until your surface is a little shiny and hard all over. Then put a little modge podge around the base where the fabric stops to really seal it in place. Leave to fully dry.
Cover with your sealant, following the instructions on the packaging
Protect the base. If you are using felt simply cut it to size and glue in place. If using cork, cut a disc of cork, trim to your preferred size and glue in place. I used a quarter of a disc in each corner of the tile.
Make yourself a cuppa and test that mother out!!
This whole project took me a total of 4 days between work and waiting for the layers of glue to dry. Because I was experimenting I only did one coaster at a time so if you did them together over the weekend you could definitely get them done in a day or 2. Despite the fact that it took so love this was by far my favourite project I’ve done in a while! Give it a go at home because the final results are awesome!
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I still have more curtain material leftover! Have any ideas of what I can do with it? Please leave me a comment below!