I know this is a total 90’s craft, but I’m bringing it back! Full force y’all!
A couple of weeks ago I was browsing Altar’d State (my favorite store in the whole entire world, send gift cards) when I was immediately drawn to these adorable coasters! They were square stones with longhorn skulls & flowers on them. I felt an urge to buy them, I NEEDED them! Then I remembered all of the coasters I have piled up at home that I never use. Seriously, the only use they currently receive is as a hot glue gun drip-catcher. They work really well for that btw. Also, that store ain’t cheap (unless you shop sale), so as much as I wanted them I had zero reason to be considering them.
As I looked further, I realized how simple the coasters were. I realized I could make them for much, much cheaper! All it took was a trip to Home Depot. I bought a mountain of supplies there over the weekend, including stone-like square tiles. These come in a pack of 9 (such a weird number) for less than $3. What a deal! I already had the rest of the supplies at home- mod-podge, a foam brush & a clear, water-resistant sealer.
The hardest part was choosing the images I wanted to use on the coasters, which wasn’t hard at all. So overall, this project is super easy! Do some image searches & look on Pinterest for pretty images to print. I searched for floral longhorn skulls & watercolor fall. Add the word “free” in for free clipart! All of my images were free. If you want to get fancy, head over to Etsy & pay for some custom art or create your own if you’re talented like that!
Once you choose your image(s), you’ll need to size them appropriately & print them out. I printed mine onto plain, white printer paper & am very pleased with the results. For the floral longhorn, I cut around the image & for the fall scenes I cut rectangles.
To make your own, apply a thin layer of mod-podge to the tile. Center cut image onto tile & press down. Cover tile with another layer of mod-podge over the image. Let dry.
Lastly, you need to seal your coasters with a water-resistant sealer, I used an acrylic spray sealer from Krylon & it has held up well. Apply 3-4 coats & test for water-resistance. Apply more coats if necessary.
Print the tutorial & supply list below.
- printed images
- square stone tiles
- foam brush
- water-resistant sealer
- Size, print & cut images for coasters.
- Apply a thin layer of mod-podge to top side of tile.
- Center image over tile & press down. Cover entire tile with another coats of mod-podge. Let dry.
- Apply 3+ coats of water-resistant sealer to top of coasters. Test for water-resistance. Apply more coats if necessary.
- Let dry completely before use.
Bundle up a set of 4 to give as a gift! The personalization options here are endless! You can use literally anything you can get onto paper. Photos are a fun idea, or sheet music, handwritten recipes, your monogram or special holiday art. Let the littles draw on some pre-cut squares of paper & use those on the coaster as a memorable gift for grandma! I’d love to see your version of these, if you make a batch be sure to share on our Facebook page here!
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