DIY Picture Coasters

by Ally Harding, 5:00 AM
Saturday I helped a friend of mine who's getting married soon make coasters for her upcoming wedding. She's putting 2 of them in each Welcome Basket. All of the pictures we used were either ones she had taken with her camera or gotten offline but they all relate to Charleston or the wedding. She bought the tile to use for the coasters from Habitat for Humanity for 10 cents each. The pictures were around 13 cents each from Costco and the Mod Podge, from Hobby Lobby, was around $8 a bottle. So it was very cheap to make. The actually sell coasters similar to these around Charleston that go for $20 a piece! 

We first had to cut the pictures to the shape of the tile. She had 4x4 square shape and hexagon shape. Wine is a must when doing arts and crafts of course.


We then used Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre and put a few layers on each tile. You then allow them to dry for about 20 minutes.


After the Mod Podge has dried, you place the pictures on the tile and put 5 or so layers of Mod Podge on the top of each picture. It dries clear so don't be afraid to put a good bit of layers on. Just think the more layers you put, the better the picture will adhere to the tile.


Let those dry for about 20 minutes and put a few more layers of Mod Podge on the picture and allow that to finish drying.


They did show the brushstrokes a bit in certain light, some worse than others I guess depending on the what the picture looks like. We did use a Mod Podge Sealant after the coasters had dried. I don't know if it made much of a difference or not.


I think they turned out awesome and were so easy to make. I have some coasters from the Market downtown that have Charleston pictures on them that I swear are no better quality than these.


Although we didn't get a chance to do this, you would need to hot glue either cut out corkboard or felt or something similar to the bottom of the tile to prevent it from scratching whatever it's laying on. Corkboard looks the best but can be time consuming to cut, so do whatever is easiest for you. Just as long as there is something on the bottom of the tile. 


These were such a cute idea. They would be a great birthday gift, wedding gift, baby shower gift, grandparents gift, the list goes on. With how inexpensive they were to make I think I'll definitely be making more of these in the future. We may even start a business ;)



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  1. Such a cute idea! I'll have to keep this in mind!

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  2. What a fun idea!! Simple way to make something more personalized with your own pictures!
    They turned out great! :)

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  3. these are so cute! what a fun idea. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Totally agree that these are a great gift idea for anyone!! Also, can you send me some suggestions of things to do / places to each in Charleston...we're headed there in two weeks for a wedding and will have a day of downtime before the events start happening!? Any picks you have are better than what I'm working with haha!

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  5. I made some homemade coasters with scrap booking paper last year and loved them, but I LOVE this idea :)

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  6. This is one of my favorite ideas for gifts! So easy to personalize and make. I love the shape of yours, and that they are Charleston themed!

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  7. These are SOOO cute! I'm definitely going to try this! I'm not a DIY person but this looks so easy - especially with wine involved!

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  8. So fabulous! My girlfriend made me some of these for Christmas! I love them!!!! xx

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  9. I made something similar to these for gifts, but I want to make some Charleston themed ones now! So easy to do and I love the way they turn out.

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  10. I've made square ones before but those hexagons are SO cute!! That's such a neat "favor"!!

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  11. Great! I need to make these!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
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  12. This is the cutest idea! Coasters can be stupidly expensive, I need to do this!

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  13. I mean an Etsy shop is really easy to start.......those are so cute! I agree they would be great for an upcoming shower. Wine is always necessary for DIY's right??

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  14. We had a craft {and wine...} night where we made these! Such a fun & easy project!

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