I’ve always seen these amazing marble coasters and boutique shops and wine stores etc. they usually cost about $40 for a set of 4. I was determined to figure out how to make my own with my own images. Thinking these will make great gifts as well as great coasters for my house. My cost $6/set + time.
Well, it’s actually a SUPER easy process and the finished product is really wonderful. they look just like he store bought ones, only at a fraction of the cost. My favorite part is that the tile comes through in the white spaces of the art. because the image is essentially fused into the tile vs. just gluing on paper and covering it with sealant.
The key to these coasters is “Botticino Marble Tiles 4×4” they used to sell these at Lowe’s but they are no longer in stock. So you have to buy them from a tile outlet or online. I got mine on amazon and am very happy with the quality.
Here’s the tutorial, as always, leave a comment if you have questions or want more information on steps or supplies.
- 4 Botticino Marble tiles – Buy here
- Mod Podge MATTE, (you want Matte so it matches the look of the tile) – Buy here
- Foam Brushes, you can pick up at any craft store or – Buy here
- round cork furniture protector sticky things – Buy here
- 4 images that you want on the tiles, that are then printed or copied via a Laser copy. (do not use inkjet, it will just bleed and not work).
- Matte Spray finish – Buy here
- Wet paper towel, dry paper towel
- Prepare your images: you want them to be no wider than 4″ and no taller than 4″ if you want the full image to be on the tile. so use your image viewer/edit to adjust size.
- Flip your image “horizontal” so that you basically have a mirror image. if you don’t do this your images will show up backwards on the tile so “flip horizontal” to get them in mirror image.
- Put the images into a document as close together as you can (this saves on lazer copy costs later). I often can get all 4 onto 1 page. Print them out on your printer in full color “best” setting.
- Take them to FedEx office or somewhere that you can get full color laser copies. Make 2 copies of each so you have a back up in case one of the tiles doesn’t turn out the way you like. then cut around each image, they are now ready to apply to the tile!
- Get your tiles ready, lightly wipe the tops of them with a damp paper towel to get the dust off.
- do a light coat of matte mod podge on the tile and on the image (do NOT get mod podge on the back of the image, or you won’t be able to get the paper off later) just put light coats, you don’t want mod podge oozing out from under your image. Then place the image face down on the tile exactly where you want it.
- let it dry completely (I usually just set them out until the next day)
- bring tiles to your sink, run COLD water (if you use warm or hot water, the mod podge will “melt” and you’ll rub off the image). and start rubbing, rub off the paper completely. Let it dry and rub all the remaining flaky paper off.
- once it’s all dry and the paper is all off, Spray with a light coat of Krylon Matte Finish spray (this keeps it so that hot beverages don’t stick to the mod podge) this seals it in nicely and keeps the matte finish of the tile.
- let dry and then add your 4 cork furniture protectors to the bottom of each tile
Images of Steps:
Ideas for images:
- Vintage clip art (like what I’ve used)
- Subway style art that you make.
- Family names
- travel posters
- abstract art
- If you don’t like how an image turned out, run the tile under HOT water, it will basically “melt” the mod podge and you can rub the image off completely, and remove the mod podge completely,then use the tile again.
- You can use felt, or full cork sheets and glue them on the back of the tile as well, if you don’t like the cork furniture protectors.
Let me know what you think! I’d love to see images of the ones you create,
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