Saturday, December 8, 2012

Easy to make Photo Coaster Gift

A set of four doesn't take much time at all to make.  Even the kids can get involved.  Later, I am helping Grandson make a set for his Mom for Christmas.


 You will need (4) 4 x 4 ivory tiles I believe they are called tumbled marble. (Lowes sells them for $3.19 for a bundle of (9) A bottle of Mod Podge and a spray can of Mod Podge sealer. (available at Walmart or craft store)  I get the Matte finish.  I think glossy would show every flaw plus allow a drink to slide off easily.  A small sponge brush or regular small paint brush.  Your chosen photo's cut to about 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  I printed mine from the computer using card stock paper.

Some thin cork.  I purchased a small roll from the craft store for less than $3.00 and will get over 20 pieces from it.





 Begin by coating the back of the photo with a thin layer of the Mod Podge






 Press your photo down firmly to the front of the tile.  If there are indention's in the tile along the side of the photo, just press the photo down into the indention.  Let this dry about 15 minutes.



 Now brush a layer of the Mod Podge on top of the photo.  Yep...it looks like you are painting on Elmer's Glue!

Let this dry completely. 
 


 Our humidity is up today so I hurried things along with a blow dryer.











 Didn't take long to dry with the blow dryer.






 When Photo has completely dried .  Give it a light spray with your Mod Podge acrylic spray sealer.  I let mine dry 15 to 20 minutes and sprayed again with a light coat.   Use outside or in a well ventilated area.  Let this dry completely.



 Cut a piece of the cork slightly less than 4 x 4.







 Brush the back of the tile with glue.  I used Elmer's Rubber cement. Brush the back of the cork.






 Then stick the two together pressing firmly.







 Lay on a firm surface and allow for glue to dry.  That's a picture of my Dad before he died doing what he loved to do....deer hunt.





 If you are putting them under a tree for someone, they don't even have to be wrapped.  I cut up an old Christmas Card from last year to hide the real pictures and tied a ribbon around the stack.

5 comments:

  1. What a great idea. Thank you Mamma Bear!

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  2. Thanks DFW!...I am enjoying making them for family and friends. There are some web sites selling these for $30.00 a set plus shipping and they are not that difficult to make. The hardest part for me is deciding which picture to use!

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  3. I can imagine these with pictures of art, like Picasso, Matisse. Or, special photos could be taken. This is a great idea and excellent instructions. I often see tiles at yard sales, surplus from a diy job.

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  4. Thanks Linda and yes...These would be pretty with art or any of your favorite photo's. I had a lot of tile left over from a remodeling project and I did get mine a little cheaper at Surplus Warehouse.

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  5. i find that when i use mod podge and the sealer that it never seems to dry and it usually stays a little tacky.....is that the case?.....i have not tried it on this project

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