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


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.


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


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

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.


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!