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Photo Gifts (Part One)

A little while ago, I told you that I would post pictures and directions for the photo gifts that I recently created for a mini class. This is the first project - if you have any questions, please email me at the link on the left.

Photo Tile Coasters
Approximate Cost: $3-$6 for a set of four
Time to Create: about 2 hours (total)


(4) 4" Tiles (I like the rounded corners of these tiles - I got them at Lowe's)
(4) 4x6 photos that can be cut out as squares
Paper Cutter
Corner Rounder (Optional)
Mod Podge (I used the Gloss-Lustre)
Sponge Brushes
Clear Acrylic Sealer (I used Krylon Spray)
2 Pieces of Felt (I used Black)


1. Cut photos into 3.5" squares, and round the corners, if desired.

2. Using a sponge brush, apply a generous coat of Mod Podge the tile, then place the photo on the tile. Take special care to smooth out any air pockets and make sure the photo is properly centered on the tile.

3. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge over the photo.

4. Wait 15-20 minutes, then apply another generous coat of Mod Podge over the photo. (The first coat of Mod Podge will still be wet and appear white - don't worry!) Wait another 15-20 minutes and apply another generous coat of Mod Podge. Repeat until you have applied 5-6 coats.

5. Allow the Mod Podge to dry thoroughly. (I left mine overnight.)

6. *Important!* Apply the clear acrylic sealer. I got the kind that only takes 10 minutes to dry, and I applied 10 coats of sealer. If you don't apply the sealer, pieces of dust, hair, etc. will stick to the Mod Podge and make the surface ugly.

7. After the acrylic sealer dries, cut out the felt to be slightly smaller than the tile. Use a moderate/thin coat of Mod Podge to stick the felt piece to the back of the tile. Allow to dry completely.


Staci said...

Along with NameFrame idea over at 2Peas...this is a great idea for upcoming holiday gifts! Love it! I have seen the ones to do with transfers..and seemed so complicated...this is easy! Can't wait to do.

Michelle said...

So cute, yet easy and inexpensive. Thanks :)

Melissa said...

great tutorial and awesome idea!c

MandaKay said...

I have made these a couple times now and LOVE them. Always get compliments on them and I try to update them yearly!

Jim Poor said...

How long does the acrylic have to dry before you can actually start using the coasters?

Cass said...

Hey these look wonderful!
Am going to make these for a christmas pressie and was wondering if you just printed the photos on ordinary photo paper?
Thanks for the fab website :)