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« on: November 16, 2009 12:28:00 PM »

I've recently become OBSESSED with making tile coasters! Which is quite nice since i'm a broke college student and Christmas gifts will definitely be handmade this year lol.

Just purchased tiles - found pretty paper - sealed with mod podge then coated 3 times with a polyacrylic to make them last...any flat paper I come across is now a potential coaster!



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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009 12:40:08 PM »

Those are really pretty and a great gift! 
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2009 01:29:28 PM »

quick, easy, inexpensive... great idea!  Those ones are pretty Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2009 01:30:46 PM »

Oooh. My godmother was just asking me what could she do with her left over tiles from remodeling her bathroom! What a great idea!

And your set turned out beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2009 01:42:25 PM »

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! I'm inspired to go  home and get straight into the mod podge lol
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009 02:20:25 PM »

Those are fabulous! What weight of paper did you use?
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2009 02:58:05 PM »

Velkos - it was just random scrapbook paper I picked up at Joanns. I can say that it was a bit thicker then average and it worked perfectly...I tried using some thinner paper and it is a bit harder to get it on perfectly even (bubbles and what not).
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2009 06:09:44 PM »

These came out very pretty.  Nice work.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2009 11:36:26 PM »

You say you sealed with poly-acrylic, is this water proof? Where do you get it? Is it expensive?

This looks like a great project!
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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2009 07:54:26 AM »

Really handsome coasters...

Did you use spray on polyacrylic sealer or brush on? Was there compatibility between the Modpodge and the sealer? I guess I always wonder about mixing mediums one on top of another.  Huh  Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2009 01:58:13 PM »

Those are such an awesome idea!!  I have some great ideas to use for Christmas.

Were the tiles expensive?  Did you just buy them from a Home Depot or something?  How many did you buy at once?  Like, do they sell them individually?

And I have to repeat the other questions too, what kind of sealer did you use, and was it expensive?

See, you can't post such an awesome project and not get peppered with detail questions!  Smiley

Thanks for the great inspiration and any additional info you decide to post!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2009 07:40:37 AM »

Thanks for the responses everyone!

Polyacrylic is a sealant that you can get from Home Depot (I bought a gallon on sale for $25) that is water-resistant. It works fine on top of the mod podge (and the tutorial I used to make these suggested combining those two mediums). I use only a tiny, tiny amount so the gallon I have would seriously last for thousands of tiles!

The tiles you can buy individually from Home Depot/Lowes for .16 cents each.

I brush on  both the mod podge and polyacrylic with one of those small foam brushes and do it alternating in directions....one coat vertical, the next horizontal. It gives it a subtle 'hatchwork' pattern that looks nice.

I tried doing all the brush strokes in the same direction and it left vertical lines that wern't perfectly straight and my OCD just wasn't having that lol.

Hopefully this clears up some of the questions - please don't hesitate to ask if there is anything else!
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2009 09:01:51 PM »

That was great! Thanks so much!
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« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2009 09:28:37 AM »

Yeah, that clears up the questions I had!  I'm definitely going to try this, thanks again for the great idea Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2009 07:12:56 PM »

ooo, pretty. I make these too, and I was sealing with Mod Podge and then Triple Thick Glaze, and then spray acrylic sealer.  But that Triple Thick stuff is kind of expensive. I was thinking varnish, but that smells bad, right?  How does the polyacrylic smell?  Can you use it indoors? Also, I use a small sponge roller when I do mine, and it gives kind of a subtle pebbly texture.  I'm about to post a set of mine on here too!
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2009 07:23:43 PM »

need to make- must resist urge to break into home depot to get tiles (or tear them up in the bathroom)
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« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2009 07:48:20 PM »

cute, cheap and easy to make- I like it.
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« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2009 08:15:01 PM »

These are awesome!  I think I've found something I can totally make for gifts this holiday season.  I was wondering, though: do you put anything on the bottom of the coaster?  I'm worried that the tiles might scratch wooden surfaces.  Would there be a way of gluing something like a piece of felt to the bottom of the tile?
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2009 08:15:22 AM »

They are pretty, but beware tiles do not work well as coasters for cold beverages.

I made one at a craft demo a while back - we actually printed a picture onto tissue paper and decoupaged it onto the tile.  I was so excited to run home and make tons for family gifts.  Until I put it to use.  Sadly, the water condensation literally dripped off the coaster and onto the table I was trying to protect.

I wound up using it as a spoon rest and that worked better.

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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2009 08:18:33 AM »

I put adhesive cork on the backs of mine, katherine8504
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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2009 08:20:45 AM »

These are awesome!  I think I've found something I can totally make for gifts this holiday season.  I was wondering, though: do you put anything on the bottom of the coaster?  I'm worried that the tiles might scratch wooden surfaces.  Would there be a way of gluing something like a piece of felt to the bottom of the tile?

You will need something on the bottom.  We used cork dots on the one I made.  You can find cork and felt dots that are self adhesive at most hobby and home improvement stores.
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« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2009 10:03:49 AM »

I also used little felt feet I bought at home depot (like $3 for 100).

I haven't had any problem actually using the coasters! Some water will pile up on them if the drink is left on it for a while but it doesn't affect the quality of the coaster and I think is to be expected somewhat.
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« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2009 11:49:50 AM »

OMG! These are so awesome! I LOVE them.  Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2009 09:36:03 PM »

I did this too as a starving college student...ok, not starving, just anemic.
I got free tiles, really pretty, from a business park that was clearing out a warehouse from a bankrupt pool builder.  Lots of them were glued to presentation boards, the kind they showed to buyers.  Naturally, they were the prettiest out there so it was worth my time to soak them off the boards.  For the biggest (8 inch tiles or larger) I used rubber-cement to apply cork to the bottoms and beveled the edges by hand. Nothing else needed! Years later, several friends are still using those on their dining room tables to put hot pots on direct from the stove. 
I also got a few pounds of navy and white one-inch round dot tiles at the same time.  I put green felt on the backs of the dots, stitched drawstring bags out of some old legs of jeans, used a magic marker to make tic-tac-toe and Nim patterns on either side of the bags, put a handful of each color tiles into each bag.  These were great game bags to give to kids.
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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2009 07:12:16 AM »

I made some of these yesterday and my mom and I hot glued felt to the bottom of the tiles. I also found some cool scrapbooking stickers that I had socked away and used them on top of scrapbook paper. I'm really pleased at how they turned out.

The pink and white ones are for my brother's girlfriend and the travel ones are for me. Smiley I plan to make two more sets for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Super easy, cheap, and quick.





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« Reply #25 on: December 15, 2009 08:32:54 AM »

These are awesome!  I think I've found something I can totally make for gifts this holiday season.  I was wondering, though: do you put anything on the bottom of the coaster?  I'm worried that the tiles might scratch wooden surfaces.  Would there be a way of gluing something like a piece of felt to the bottom of the tile?

When my husband makes these for gifts he uses thick craft foam, one sheet is more than enough for four of those $0.16 tiles.  He just glues the foam square to the bottom of the tile, and then the whole bottom of the tile is covered with soft foam. 
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« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2009 02:21:16 PM »

I make these also but I cheat a bit because I have a vinyl cutter so I can cut things. I put kanji symbols (red with a gold center) on black tile and sport balls (golf, football, socker etc) on white ones. I'm working on designing some with chess figures and musical symbols at this time.
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« Reply #27 on: February 02, 2010 01:02:09 PM »

Does it matter if the tiles you buy to use are glossy? What size tiles are you using, the ones I have been looking at buying are all either too big or too small...I was looking for some 4 by 4's...
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« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2010 05:48:32 PM »

This is a great project.  Anyone have any idea how it would work with fabric?
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