How to make a coaster from tile

Need a quick gift for someone special? Drink coasters are an easy, inexpensive option. They only take a few minutes to create; however if you live in a humid area like I do, you will want to set them aside for a day or two to dry.


  • Designer Series Paper ("DSP"); our 80# card stock is too thick. The two tiles that are standing show images stamped onto our Newsprint DSP, while the one laying down shows Comfort Cafe DSP without stamped images.
  • Ceramic Tile: samples are 4-1/2" tiles from Home Depot. (Only 16 cents a piece!)
  • Tombow Multipurpose Glue (alternate: decoupage glue)
  • Crystal Effects
  • Foam Brush
  • Cork or Heavy-Duty Floor Care dots/pads

Here's how they came together:
  1. If stamping on your DSP, stamp images and set aside.
  2. Using a foam brush, spread Tombow Multipurpose glue over the tile - make sure you get it all the way to the edges. If your adhesive is thick, you can water it down a bit for easier spreading. Just a few drops of water will do, too much will cause bubbles in step 4.
  3. Next, lay a piece of DSP over the tile. (Samples use 4" square pieces.)
  4. Using the same foam brush, brush over the card stock and press the paper into the tile. 
  5. Optional: If you see bubbles under the paper, use the edge of a Bone Folder to press them out. Start in the middle of the coaster and work your way out toward the edges.
  6. Set the tile aside and repeat these steps on the remaining tiles in your set.
  7. Apply a nickle to quarter size pool of Crystal Effects to the center of the tile.
  8. Using the same foam brush spread the Crystal Effects, covering the entire tile. This is basically the sealant/protective outer coat.
  9. Set aside to dry.
  10. Once dry, apply cork or care pads to the bottom of the tile to help protect furniture from scratches. If using cork, cut to the same size as your dsp and adhere using Crystal Effects. Set aside to dry with a weight on top; I used a jar of sauce ;)
Note: I recommend these coasters for hot drinks or with double-walled cold drink cups. For cold drinks (in regular glasses), I would recommend stamping onto tumbled marble tiles instead. (See the technique HERE.) Basically, the permanent ink will not run when wet and the texture in the tile will help absorb and retain the moisture. With the technique used above, any moisture is likely to roll off the edges and onto your table...


Product Supply details (not listed above):
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron Classic Ink
Other: Bone Folder (you may not need it)
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