Have you ever wanted to make more than just a scrapbook page, tag or an album? I have a stall at a local monthly craft fair and have been wanting to sell more than just cards and albums so decided to try my hand at making tile coasters. There are some gorgeous kits in the store, so what could be easier than printing some paper from a kit and then adding tiles, glue, varnish and cork? Well, it turns out that it really is as easy as that to make unique tile coasters!
This is the kit I used:
Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s one of the Boutique collabs from the Digichick designers and there are some wonderful papers in there, really full of rich colours and textures. I decided one of these was just just perfect for this project :).
Such a beautiful paper and so full of texture – you could almost reach out and touch all those peaks and troughs in the paper!
In addition to the kit or papers you choose, you will also need:
- Paper for printing the papers;
- Ruler and/or craft knife, scissors or paper trimmer;
- Brush or sponge;
- Small tiles – the ones I used were approximately 4″ (10 cm ) square;
- Modge podge or PVA glue; and
- Varnish or waterproof sealant.
After printing two sheets of the paper, I cut them into 4″ squares, ready to fit onto the tiles.
Then I used a mix of PVA glue and water (half water and half glue):
This mix was then brushed all over the tile:
I placed a square of the printed paper onto the tile and then once it was placed correctly on the tile, I brushed it all over with the PVA mix. I made sure to cover all the printed square, even going over the edges to ensure it was completely adhered to the tile:
I allowed a day or so for the papers to dry before adding the cork matting to the tiles.
I cut the cork matting into 3¾” square pieces (a fraction smaller than the tile) and I used 100% PVA glue (not the 50/50 mix) to cover each mat:
You can actually see the pen lines above where I marked out the 3¾” squares prior to cutting out the cork.
I did have to use thick layer of glue as is soaked into the cork fairly quickly:
I then placed the cork on the back of the tile:
As you can see, I got quite carried away making the tiles!!! Well, since I had gone to all the trouble to cut out the cork (which was a real pain, to be honest as the cork (which was in a roll) kept rolling back up as I was trying to cut it out;) !) I thought I may was well use the whole box of tiles
Anyhow, this was the first lot of coasters I made, ready for the drying:
There were actually a further 12 tiles as I made these into Christmas gifts for friends and family, although I did use Stampin’ Up! paper on the other tiles.
The tiles needed to be pressed down really hard to ensure that the cork adhered firmly to the tile. I placed the tiles underneath a large (and heavy!) wallpaper book and left them to dry. You do need to use something heavy to keep the cork matting flat underneath the tile as it took about a week to dry the tiles. Mind you, my office is not necessarily the warmest of places so chances are, the tiles would have dried sooner in a warmer location.
When I was sure the tiles and cork were 100% dry, I covered the front of the tiles with a sealant.
The sealant dried clear and was to form a waterproof covering. I also brushed over some clear varnish just to make absolutely certain the tiles were waterproof.
All I had to do then was tie some ribbon around the tiles ready to give as a gift:
These make a lovely gift so why not give them a try? They really are extremely easy to make, they just take time, mainly due to having to wait so long for the glue to dry 😉 . I would love to know how you got in if you make these so please do post some pictures in the gallery so we can all enjoy the fruits of your labours 🙂 .
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016