DIY Tile Coasters: Pretty Paper and Wine Corks

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There’s a time in everyones life when they say to themselves: I absolutely do not have enough coasters! Right? No? Just me then? Well trust me, you do not have enough coasters! I’m not talking about those flimsy cardboard coasters you get from the shop that stain the instant a drop of something greasy gets on them. I’m talking real, hardcore, tile coasters. With feet on them!

So my guest room is a constant work in progress- yes I know! I told you last week it was finished right? Well I lied! The important part was done, you could sleep in it. It still needed a TV unit, a curtain for the cupboard, the wall inside the cupboard covering, shelves up… and coasters, of course. jeez guys you make me sound obsessed! The truth is I’ve already done a coasters post, however this time I didn’t have any leftover curtain material, so craft paper it is!

Want to join along? Here’s what you’ll need!



Tile Coasters

Supplies Needed

Blank tiles

Craft paper bigger than your tiles (doesn’t all have to be the same, I made mine matching but I think mismatched would also be super cute!)

Mod Podge (or in my case 1 part pva glue 1 part water)

Small scissors (big will do but small ones with be easier)

A brush (I used a paintbrush but foam brushes are ideal)

A credit card or something similar (not necessary but useful, and not just for buying your supplies)

A cork

A knife

PVA glue

Method

Step 1

Line your tile up with your paper so you get your pattern where you want it. If you like you can draw around the tile on the back so you can get it exactly right… I went freehand! I’m living on the edge….

Marking it out would be a good idea

Step 2

Apply your mod podge to the tile and lay your paper over it exactly where you want it, be very careful to get it right. There’s no moving it after this step.

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Step 3

Rub the surface of your paper to get any bubbles out. This is where the credit card comes in useful to gently ease out the bubbles. Any bubbles you have now will be there forever so do your best to get them out!

I was not completely successful at this stage

Step 4

Lay your tile paper side down and put a diagonal cut into each corner.

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Now apply mod podge to the edges of the tile, folding up each side and trimming the excess paper off the side of the tile. I neglected to get pictures of this so this is what it looks like when it’s finished:

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And this is what it looks like when you remember your forgot to take pictures but you’ve already covered it in mod podge and you try to pick it up anyway…. numpty…

Every darn time!

Step 5

Balance your tile on top of something such as a glass of jar to keep it off your surface and cover the whole top and sides in mod podge. Wait until it dries thoroughly and DO NOT touch it! Look at the picture above to see what happens if you touch it…. ruined.

Look at those darn bubbles!




Step 6

Once dry apply another coat of mod podge to the top and sides

Step 7

Once completely dry trim the excess paper from the bottom of the coaster.

Step 8

Seal with your favourite sealant (I like to used plasticote which take a good 5 or so coats before I feel it’s nice and strong but it’s dead easy to spray on)

Step 9

Slice disc for each tile off the bottom of your cork and cut each disc into quarters

It would help if I cut it neater next time

Step 10

Apple a large dot of PVA to each corner and stick on your corn quarters. Leave dry thoroughly before using!

Dab dab

 

Almost finished!

And that’s it! All in all it took me maybe an hour of work minus waiting for layers to dry. This is a really quick project that you could whip together for new decor, special occasion or a gift!

Things that went wrong

What didn’t go wrong? I did pretty much everything wrong in this project, they still turned out okaaaaaaay but I’ll probably remake them and be more careful:

  • Remember step 1? Where I kindly suggest that you make mark out where you want your tile to lie on the paper? Yeah I didn’t do that. I rearranged the paper 3 or 4 times before I decided it would do….. my tiles are off centre, ah well.
  • Pushing out the air bubbles didn’t go to plan either, as I coated the tiles in mod podge more bubbles started appearing, seems I was less than thorough about getting rid of them. As each layer dried I rubbed the bubbles and slowly they went down! Phew, crisis averted!
  • Remember my fiddling urge in this project? Well you’d think I’d have learned, but noooooooo, I just can’t get through a decoupage project without touching the wet paper and ruining it all. So one of my sides is now only ever allowed to face the wall….
  • The first time I made coasters the cork cut perfectly and made the most lovely little feet. This time around the cork did not cut as smoothly as I would like resulting in…. eek… wobbly coasters. That is not on! I’ve seen a tip where you should boil or steam your corks making them easy to cut so I shall try this next time!

Give these a go and show me what you’ve made! I’ll even pin you to me crafting board, check it out below:

 

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Comments

  1. Mommy says:

    ah they are lovely, and yes, coasters are always in short supply ! (they’re usually under the couches somewhere lol) and the softer “leather” ones we bought spoiled very quickly. be careful with the card as i’ve ripped paper like this lol too eager lol and you’re faffalogical like me haha and i’ve not learned my lesson yet

  2. I love making coasters. They are easy and make great hostess gifts. Yours are simply lovely.

    1. Aren’t they so much fun!! I’ve got the bug now, everyone will be getting coasters for christmas! Thank you so much <3

  3. OMG these are so adorable! I would love to try this!

    1. Ah thank you, they are surprisingly easy! I hope you give them a try <3

  4. These are so very cute! I am in need of some coasters and love to craft, I’ll definitely have to try these!

    1. Thank you! I am in love with them! I’d love to see yours if you make any!

  5. Leanna says:

    These are adorable and with so many varieties of craft paper you can do them countless ways. I like you have trouble using mod podge. Its air bubbles or I push too hard and rip something. Your project turned out really really nice.

    1. I keep looking in my craft paper collection and itching to make more! I’m going to have to buy more tiles. I can’t have a mod podge project without something going horribly wrong and breaking something lol. Fortunately by the end you can’t always tell XD

  6. Sally says:

    That is a great idea. Things like that don’t always turn out perfect the first time. We need to try things a few times to get better at them.

    1. Thanks! And you’re absolutely right! My problem is I’m a fiddler and I almost always ruin the paper by touching it!

  7. Amber Harrop says:

    Love your coasters and I adore those cork corners

  8. Lisa says:

    These coasters are adorable. I love the color and pattern you chose, super sweet!

    1. Thank you so much ❤️ they go perfectly in our guest room

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