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DIY Photo Coasters

I enjoy giving personalized gifts. This easy photo gift idea only takes 30 minutes hands on time, but can be cherished for years. The photo coasters are crafted with some of my must have craft supplies in 5 simple steps!
tiles {smooth}
Clear Coat Spray Paint
Modge Podge
Foam brush
Glue/glue gun
1. Using your foam brush, paint on a coat of Modge Podge until the back of the photo is completely covered.
2. Center your photo and adhere to the tile. Tip: cut your photo shorter to create a Polaroid
3. Allow to dry for a few minutes, and then paint a thick coat of Modge Podge on top of the photograph to the tile edges. Allow to dry for an hour and repeat 1-2 more times.
4. Thoroughly coat the coaster with clear protectant coat and allow to dry 24 hours.
5. Cut felt and adhere to the back of the tile with glue.
and because I love non-traditional gift wrap…

18 comments on “DIY Photo Coasters”

  1. Such a sweet idea…and a project I’ve always wondered how to do! Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

  2. These are beautiful. Will do for Christmas gifts. Personalization is always a great gift and well accepted. TFS

  3. Hi Julie!! This is an awesome idea and I made a few which turned out beautiful. I followed the steps you listed and bought the exact same products. My only problem is after I let the top coat dry for 48 hours (a day longer than you suggested) when I touch the surface the coasters show fingerprints and do not seem ready to use at all. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can fix? Also I read other blogs and some people were saying they had problems with using the coasters for hot beverages. Do you recommend a different top coat for heat reasons? Love the idea I just want to perfect them before giving as a gift 🙂 thanks so much

    • Thanks for the feedback! I have not experienced any issues with hot beverages. Unfortunately, I’m not sure why you’re experiencing stickiness/fingerprints. Maybe the coat was too thick and it’s dry now? According to Modge Podge, they should be fully cured and safe for hot beverages in a month. Enjoy!

  4. I’ve got to try this and make some for my sister. Great idea!

  5. I love this idea! I want to try for Christmas gifts. Starting early this year. 😉 But…where do you get the tiles? Thank you for the tutorial!

  6. Another question, we’re your photos printed on photo paper or regular paper? If photo paper, did you have them printed at a photo center type place or would a laser printer work? Thanks!

    • No problem, Lindsey! I had them printed & would recommend the same. I’m not sure if ink from a home laser printer would set properly, but you could always test one! I haven’t attempted printing photos at home for years, out of laziness.

  7. Hey I am doing this for a Christmas gift and when I sprayed on the sealer it ruined the photos. They became distorted and the faces on them almost looked as though they were melting. Do you know why this might happen?

  8. My coaster has streaks from brushing the mod podge on it… is it supposed to have them? If not any suggestions on how to not have streaks from the podge? I used a foam brush as directed and let glue dry 24 hours between layers

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