DIY Travel Photo Coaster Tiles

DIY Travel Photo Coaster Tiles

I love decoupage, but I hadn’t tried it myself and wanted to start off simple. The opportunity arose when my friend didn’t have coasters and wanted ones that reminded her of her home country. I was surprised how easy the project was and how well it turned out. So I made my own, using photos from our travels. Here’s how.

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Materials, Supplies, and Tools

Materials, supplies, and tools for "DIY Travel Photo Coaster Tiles"
  • Ceramic tiles (4.25″X4.25″
  • Electronic travel photos
  • Thicker, glossy printer paper
  • Cutting mat, cutting utensil, and ruler
  • Water-based glue, sealer & finish
  • A foam applicator

Preparing

4-inch by 6-inch copies of travel photos printed on glossy paper

I purchased my friend’s coasters at a thrift store and found tiles online. I cleaned both before applying glue.

I selected electronic photos to use and printed 4”x6” copies on thicker, glossy printer paper.

Printed travel photo cropped into 4-inch by 4-inch square

 

Using the cutting mat, cutting utensil, and ruler, I cropped each photocopy into 4”x4” squares.

Decoupaging

Decoupage glue poured on ceramic tile and spread out evenly with foam applicator

I poured a nickle-size amount of glue on a tile and spread it out evenly, using the foam applicator.

Decoupaging 4-inch by 4-inch travel photo square to ceramic tile

Then, I placed a 4”x4” square on the tile and smoothed it over, pressing down any air bubbles and removing any excess glue. I repeated these steps, using the remaining tiles & squares, and allowed them to dry.

After at least 30 minutes, I poured another nickle-size amount of glue on each tile, spread it out evenly, and allowed the tiles to dry completely.

Finishing

Finished set of "DIY Travel Photo Coaster Tiles"

The glue is also a sealer & finish, but a spray can be used, too. Backing, such as cork, can also be added to the bottoms.

The tiles can be used as coasters, displayed on a stand, or hung. Enjoy!

Published by Scout

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0 thoughts on “DIY Travel Photo Coaster Tiles

  1. A simple and easy technique to add value to your kitchen table and upcycle some photos whilst re-living memories. Well done!

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