DIT Decorative Coasters

Heading to a friend, or family member's home for the holidays this year? Not sure what to bring your host? I've got you covered. In this post you will learn how to create decorative coasters; a fun, crafty, DIT (do.it.together) project that serves as a great hostess gift any time of year!

What You'll Need

Mod Podge Gloss (Found at Michael's)
Acrylic Spray Sealer / Finisher (Found at Michael's)
Foam brush
Thin cork board
Hot glue
4 - 4 1/2  x 4 1/2 bathroom tiles (Found at Lowe's or Home Depot)
Decorative napkins / origami papers (Found at any craft or party store)



Before you start, be sure you’re working on a non-stick surface like plastic or vinyl. The decoupage glue WILL stick to newspaper or card stock, after all this is what Mod Podge is intended for. Please note: The grooves on the sides of each tile can be sanded down. I kind of like they way they look as they are though. The sides can be painted, or sponged with waterproof ink before adding your paper (Sharpie sells a variety of waterproof paint markers). Alternatively, the sides can be gold-leafed or covered in ribbon at the end of the process.

1. Cut the thin cork board to the appropriate size to match the bottom of your tiles. Use the hot glue to affix the cork square to the bottom of the tile. Let dry overnight to ensure the cork adheres to the tile.

2. Cut your paper into squares 1/4″ smaller than your tile. Have a stack of these cut to expedite the process. *Each set does not have to be identical! It actually looks even cuter if you mix and match!

3. Brush the tile with decoupage glue. Use a generous coat, since you want all parts of your paper to bond permanently. You must work quickly, as it begins drying immediately. Decoupage glue is NOT very forgiving!

4. Center your paper on the tile. Press the paper to the tile firmly, beginning in the middle and working your way outwards, eliminating air bubbles. Use Mod Podge roller to ensure entirety of the paper sticks to the tile. Pay extra attention to the edges. After some practice I learned that making sure the edges adhere is really important, otherwise the paper will peel. Allow this layer to dry, 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Apply a layer of decoupage glue to the top of the paper. Make sure your brushstrokes are uniform and run in only one direction, as you will be able to see them (lightly) when the glue dries. The glue will dry clear. Allow this layer to dry 15 to 20 minutes.

6. Brush another layer of decoupage glue over the coaster. You can make your brush strokes in the same direction or the opposite direction (horizontally). The latter will produce a hatch mark effect. Continue adding layers of decoupage glue until you are satisfied with the look. I used three.

7. Then repeat the process of sealing with waterproof acrylic sealer; follow directions on the can. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and you follow the precautions on the product. Each sealer has a different curing time; check yours for the appropriate number of hours/days it will take to dry.

8. Stack and package your coasters. Tie with cute ribbon or raffia. Alternatively you can purchase cardboard gift boxes, or cellophane at any craft store and place the stack in the box with tissue paper, or wrap with cellophane and tie with ribbon. Add a tag with a printed message then gift your hostess!


DIT (do.it.together) Holiday Hostess Gift Workshop photos

Huge thanks to all of you who came out and made the evening so much fun! Mark your calendars for the next workshop scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 from 7-9 p.m. ~ DIT project to be announced soon.

Major thanks to Brittanny Taylor for capturing photos of the event. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without you!

Patsy Culp

& celebrate, 616 Hope St, Providence, RI, 02906, United States