Hey, look, a new project! I know you've all been sitting around thinking "You know what my life is missing? Coasters." You don't have to say anything, I've been there, I know your pain and I'm here to help. Turn your instagrams into these fun beverage landing pads, and let the healing process begin.
- Plain tiles from the hardware store (mine were like 16 cents each)
- Mod Podge
- Polyurethane spray or other sealant
- Felt or cork for the bottom
First download your instagrams (I used Instaport) and resize them to dimensions of your tiles. Print photos and trim them to size. Note: I'd normally use a laser printer for this since I wouldn't want the ink to smear from the Mod Podge, but I only had my inkjet and didn't have any problems.
Once your photos are trimmed put a layer of Mod Podge on the tile and carefully put the photo on top, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or bumps. When you have the photo placed correctly, brush another lay of Mod Podge on top.
Now comes the hard part, leave it alone and let it dry. I know, waiting for things to dry is the worst. Once that layer dries clear, brush on another layer and then you have to let that one dry and repeat. Keep adding layers until you're happy with the look. Then I let them dry overnight just to be on the safe side. Finally, since Mod Podge isn't totally water resistant, spray them with a layer of sealant. Because you wouldn't want to mess up your awesome coasters after you let them dry so patiently, would you? (Just be aware that even though it is technically dry, Mod Podge can take a few weeks to actually cure so don't put anything hot on it for at least a month, ok?)
Your last step is to put something on the bottom of your coasters to actually protect your table. Because coasters are more than just awesome little art pieces, allegedly. You can use cork if you're fancy, or those little sticker pads you put on the bottom of your furniture, but I glued some random leftover felt squares on mine and it worked great.
And even if you aren't currently going through a serious coaster phase in your life right now, this project is still a fun way to display your (fabulous, I'm sure) pictures. Make a few and prop them up on your desk. Or, wait, make a ton and then tile your kitchen backsplash with them. I bet that would totally get you featured on apartment therapy. Someone who isn't a renter please do this...for me?