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Make Modern DIY Tile Coasters with Fingerpaint

Make easy modern tile coasters using fingerpaint and Mod Podge

See how to make modern tile coaters for drinks using fingerpaint! Make modern DIY tile coasters using fingerpaint. This easy fingerprint coasters DIY idea is the perfect DIY gift idea from the kids! I made these modern 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.

Elise fingerpainting

Great DIY Gift Idea from the Kids

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 a 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?  Keep reading for my free step-by-step tutorial and supply list for making your own handmade ceramic tile coasters from fingerpainting artwork –>

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Supplies for making modern DIY tile coasters with fingerpaint:

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Instructions for making modern DIY tile coasters with fingerpaint:

Step 1: Make a coasters paper pattern

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 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

Step 2: Cut out squares from fingerpaint 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.

Step 3: Add Mod Podge adhesive to the tile coaster

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

Step 4: Smooth the fingerprint artwork on top of the tile coaster

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

Step 5: Coat the DIY coasters with Mod Podge layers

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.

Step 6: Seal the DIY coasters to make them  waterproof

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.

Step 7: Cut felt squares for the bottoms of the DIY coasters and adhere

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 ruler or 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.

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Jen

Thursday 14th of December 2017

If you don't want to mess with cutting/gluing felt, you can buy little felt pads that stick right on. Four per tile—one on each corner—works great!

I got a 150 pack at Home Depot for less than $4.

Kris Boudreau

Monday 19th of October 2015

I have painted directly onto white tile with paint markers bought at WalMart. They then went into the oven to dry. This is a really neat project, as is, though... thinking Christmas gifts from school children!

Kathy Beymer

Tuesday 20th of October 2015

Hi Kris, that's a great idea. Maybe I'll try the paint markers approach this year!

Tonia

Sunday 26th of July 2015

I'm an art , homeschool art , and 3k teacher at the YMCA and I love your website . I recently had a box of tiles donated and I'm looking forward to try several of these ideas :) thank you !. I'll let you know how they turn out .

Rachana

Monday 6th of July 2015

Am new in Chicago. And I don't know where to buy material to make this coaster. (cheap by prize) Please guide me so I can make this coaster too. This will be great help.

dawnette

Wednesday 28th of August 2013

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!

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