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DYI Memory Coasters!


With Christmas upon us, here’s a meaningful gift that won’t break the bank and can help jog the memory of your loved ones. The best part is that you don’t have to be a super crafty person to make this wonderfully practical gift!

Here’s what you’ll need to create some cute and personalized photo coasters:

  • pictures

  • square tiles
    (ideally a tile with a rough surface)

  • Mod Podge

  • small paint brush

  • felt

  • spray adhesive

  • clear top coat spray

  • newspaper or magazines

Step 1:  Prepare your pictures

Find clear pictures that distinctly show the faces of individual family members. Use a free app like “Phonto” to add your names to the photos. You can print your photos at home on computer paper. You may want to use a photo paper or laser printer if you’d like to ensure the best quality for your photos. Cut the photos to the same size as your tiles. They don’t have to fit perfectly on the tile, since the Mod Podge will ensure the photo adheres well to the edges of the tile.

Step 2:  Glue photos to the tile

Pour a quarter-size amount of Mod Podge on your tile and use the paint brush to spread it across the top of the tile. A thin coat should be fine because a little bit goes a long way.  Then, Place the picture of top of the tile and pressed it down so it adheres well. Make sure you smooth out any bubbles and then let dry.


Step 3:  Seal the photo


After the glue was dry, pour another quarter size amount of Mod Podge on the top of the picture and spread it across the surface. Spread it all the way to the very edge of the tile to make sure the edge of the photo adheres well to the tile. Use enough that the surface of the tile looks white and the photo is no longer visible (It dries clear, so don’t worry!). Let it dry completely until it is dry to the touch.

Cover the photo with a second layer of Mod Podge to make sure it’s good and thick.


Step 4:  Add felt to bottom of the tile

Cut out felt squares to be slightly smaller than the size of the tile so that it won’t be visible when the coasters are turned over and being used.

Spray the adhesive onto the back of the tiles (if possible do this outside to ensure proper ventilation) and then place the piece of felt right on top. Press it down to make sure it adheres well. Lay the tile down with felt up in the air and let the adhesive dry about an hour or so before continuing. Otherwise, you might have sticky fingers!

Step 5: Add a protective layer

Spray a thin and even layer of the topcoat over the top and edges of the tiles.  Let this dry for an hour or so. Spray a second coat on the tiles to make sure they are well protected.  Let everything dry well overnight.

Once they are completely dry, you are ready to use them or give them away!  Stack them on top of each other and then tie them up with some burlap twine.

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