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Affordable and Creative Gift: Tile Coasters DIY

Short on time with a long list of gifts to fill? This Christmas, we came up with a fairly quick homemade gift that can be done in bulk (as long as you have a free table) and is completely customizable. Whether for coworkers, aunts and uncles, or your book club, give a gift that’s as practical as it is pretty, tile coasters made by you.


  • 4″ x 4″ White Tiles
  • Scrapbook Paper (thicker is better!)
  • Mod Podge decoupage glue
  • Foam Sponge to apply
  • Waterproof Acrylic Sealer
  • Felt
  • Rubber Cement
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Wax Paper to cover surface


  1. Cut paper into 4″ x 4″ squares.
  2. Wipe off the tiles to get rid of dust with a damp rag.
  3. Using the paintbrush or sponge, apply an even layer of Mod Podge on the top of the tile.
  4. Place the paper square on the tile and center.
  5. Use a squeegee to smooth out the paper, getting rid of all wrinkles or bubbles.
  6. Allowing each layer to dry, apply at least 3 more layers of Mod Podge over the top of the tile and applied paper. Be careful to get the sides of the tile as well.
  7. When the last layer is dry, spray two coats of acrylic sealer along the top and sides of the tile, waiting at least 30 minutes in between layers.
  8. Once the tile is dry again, cut the felt into 4″ x 4″ squares.
  9. Apply a generous amount of rubber cement on the back of the tile before placing and centering the felt square.
  10. Let dry overnight. Do not stack the tiles, as the rubber cement will soak through the felt and onto the tile beneath it. If you must stack them, place a layer of parchment paper between each layer.
  11. When completely dry, stack in sets of 4, wrap with a ribbon, and viola!


Tile Coasters as Christmas Gifts

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