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Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

I made these tile coasters using ceramic tiles, Glossy Mod Podge and my two-year-old’s fingerpainting artwork. Making your own decoupage tile coasters is crazy easy, I love how they turned out, and Elise got to dig her hands into some goo.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

These handmade ceramic tile coasters were a DIY birthday gift for my sister Krista who just redecorated her TV room to be more modern and mostly white with turquoise accents. She got help from a super affordable online-only design service called CopyCatChic.com that charges a nominal fee for a custom design board, product links and a scaled floor plan to your room’s dimensions. Here’s Krista’s custom board:

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

So for Krista’s birthday I got her this West Elm cream throw for her couch and Elise and I made these ceramic tile coasters – they add to the room, yes?

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

I like that this ceramic tile coaster gift is warm and personal without looking TOO handmade if you know what I mean. The key with using kid’s artwork on stuff like this is to keep it simple, like Elise’s monochromatic fingerpainting shown here. Otherwise these tile coasters would scream “kiddie artwork in my adult room” – not the goal.

I first saw the make your own tile coaster idea at Style Me Pretty and Prudent Baby has a version with really great instructions and photos. A good idea is worth gifting.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

WANNA MAKE IT? Free step-by-step tutorial instructions and supply list for making your own handmade ceramic tile coasters from fingerpainting artwork –>

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Please post a comment if you use this project and let me know how it works for you. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Whenever I’m cropping from a larger piece of artwork or fabric I like to make a pattern to help figure out what areas to crop. To make your own pattern, trace a paper square the same size as your ceramic coaster tile. Draw a square inside with about a 1/4″-1/2″ border.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Now you have a little window to use to figure out what piece of the artwork you’d like to crop and cut for your coaster.

And here’s a tip: Fingerpainting can make paper pretty bumpy. I actually had Elise fingerpaint onto acid-free 90 lb. watercolor paper (I used Canson) and it didn’t actually stayed pretty flat. And it’s more of a matte finish which I prefer over the slick shiny fingerpainting paper.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Cut out the square using a metal ruler (or ruler with a metal edge), X-Acto knife and self-healing mat.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Here are the four squares that I cropped for the coasters from Elise’s fingerpainting artwork.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of the ceramic coaster.

Now before you do this, you can paint the edges with white paint to cover up the unfinished sides. I didn’t do this but next time I will.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Place the fingerpainting artwork square on top of the Mod Podge, carefully smoothing out all the bubbles, being careful not to tear the artwork (see the tip above about reducing bumps in fingerpainting artwork).

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the artwork. Brush in one direction because you’ll be able to see the brush strokes, the thinner the layers the better. Let it dry completely, about 15-20 minutes or so.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

I wanted the coasters to be as smooth as possible so I sanded between coats. Sanding worked on my decoupaged custom fabric covered baby wipes popup container but honestly, I don’t know if it really helped that much on this project but it Elise liked helping. Maybe it was because I used Outdoor Mod Podge instead of the regular Matte. Anyway, I brushed on the Mod Podge in the same direction each time but if you brush opposite directions if you want a cross-hatch pattern Repeat the thin Mod Podge layers until you like how it looks; I did four layers of Mod Podge.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Spray polyurethane or Beacon Decoupage Sealer or other spray sealer on the top of the coasters according to your sealer’s directions. From what I’ve read yes, you really have to do this step to seal it all up for hot drinks. Do really thin coats – I did three.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

Cut felt squares (or thin corkboard) for the bottom of the tiles the same size as your tile using self-healing mat, rotary cutter and clear plastic ruleror good fabric scissors. Glue it on the bottom using Elmers glue or other craft glue – spread it out really thin with your fingers (or  you can just use your Mod Podge, this occurred to me after I already glued them on). Flip over and let dry.

Making decoupage tile coasters - how to make with ceramic tiles, Mod Podge and kid's fingerpainting artwork

From what I read at Prudent Baby you’re supposed to wait a whole month to put a hot drink on these coasters to let the Mod Podge and sealer fully cure. In the meantime they look great in Krista’s new TV room.

COPYRIGHT NOTE: You’re more than welcome to use free pattern and how t0 step-by-step tutorial for your own personal use. Contact me for any commercial use – this includes etsy sellers.

Please post a comment if you use this project and let me know how it works for you. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group. Craft and pass it on!

 
 




11 Responses to “Make modern tile coasters {the fingerpainting edition}”


  1. dawnette Says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. I have a project I have been thinking of doing for a friend that has just adopted three siblings – I wanted to do 8 x8 tiles and have their hand prints on them but I didn’t know how to do it and get the paint to dry on the ceramic tiles. didn’t think about doing it on paper and putting them on the tiles. So excited to get working on this project!

  2. Laura Says:

    Hi Kathy!

    I just tried this idea but used black and white photos instead of watercoloring painting.
    I made 26 tiles which we are using to create the frame of a mirror for a school fundraiser.

    They look pretty awesome!

  3. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Cool, I can’t wait to hear how it works out. Would be great to be able to skip a step!

  4. Ashley Says:

    I’m thinking of borrowing this idea as a gift. Will let you know how it goes! (I’m wondering if the paint will just bead up …)

  5. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Ashley, you know, it didn’t occur to me to try that. The tiles are fired so pretty smooth on top but I wonder what it would look like and how it would dry. Now I’m curious! I guess one benefit of doing it on paper first is that you can choose the best bits to make into coasters, ha, but I think you have a great idea to try.

  6. Ashley Says:

    Hi. Is there a reason that you didn’t have Elise paint directly on the tile? Would that make a difference?


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