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!
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)
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….
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.
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!
Lay your tile paper side down and put a diagonal cut into each corner.
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:
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…
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.
Once dry apply another coat of mod podge to the top and sides
Once completely dry trim the excess paper from the bottom of the coaster.
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)
Slice disc for each tile off the bottom of your cork and cut each disc into quarters
Apple a large dot of PVA to each corner and stick on your corn quarters. Leave dry thoroughly before using!
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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