Thursday, April 25, 2013

DIY Tile Photo Coasters ~ Mother's Day Gift Idea

Good morning, Lovelies!

I'm thinking about Mothers Day gifts.  I know that my Mom still loves hand made gifts!  What ideas have you come up with for Mom?  Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th ~ that's just over Two Weeks Away!

I've already shared a few other great Mother's Day Gift Ideas the past few weeks.  You might consider a Burlap Ruffle Wreath or Framing my Joy ~ Printable.  Both of those projects are fairly quick and easy ~ and inexpensive.

And today I'm sharing another fun, inexpensive, Quick and Easy gift idea ~ Tile Photo Coasters.  These are a WOW!!



Here they are all laid out so you can see the photos ~ 




Aren't they cute?!  I smile each time I use one.





You can also make them using your favorite decorative paper ~



Okay, let's get started!

For this project, you will need:

Mod Podge (I used Matte)
Foam Brush
4 - 4x4 Tiles from Hardware Store
Polyurathane Sealer (I used spray)
Brayer Tool
4 - Photos printed off a Laser Printer (not an Ink Jet), sized about 4"x4" (or decorative paper)
Felt
Glue

   





Instructions ~

1.  Wash and dry the tiles ~ just to make sure your surface is dust free.  The hardward store is dusty.

2.  Lay the tiles out on scratch paper.



3. Trim your photos to about 3-3/4" x 3-3/4".  Go ahead and lay them on the tile after trimming to measure and make sure they will fit with no edges hanging off.

4.  Turn the first photo over and apply Mod Podge to THE BACK of the photo.  Press the photo into place on the front of the tile.  If you are careful, you can move the photo around to center it.



5.  Use the Brayer Tool to roll over the photo.  Press it down flat, making sure there are no air bubbles.  (Wash the Brayer after use to get the Mod Podge off.)



6. Repeat with the remaining tiles.

7.  Allow the tiles to dry.  Don't rush these steps ~ allow several hours for the Mod Podge to dry.  You don't want any air bubbles.

8.  Using the sponge brush, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the photos (there will be multiple coats).  Brush from Left to Right ~ be careful with brushstrokes as they will dry visible. 









9.  Allow the tiles to dry.  Allow several hours.

10.  Apply coat number two of Mod Podge.





11.  Allow to dry.

12.  Apply coat number three - final coat - of Mod Podge.




13.  Allow to dry.  I let them dry overnight this time.

14.  Spray a thin coat of Polyurathane onto the tops of the tiles.  
NOTE: In this photo, I don't have these on a piece of scratch paper, but I took them outside and put them on newspaper before spraying.  This stuff has a little bit of a smell and I also didn't want to get it on anything in the house.  Follow the directions and use lots of newspaper under your project to protect surfaces.




15.  Allow to dry (a few hours).

16. Spray a final coat of Polyurathane onto the tops of the tiles.

17.  Allow to dry.  I let them dry overnight again this time.

18.  Use a tile as a template and cut a piece of felt for the back of each tile ~ about 1/4" smaller than the tile.




19.  Apply glue to the ridges of the the backs of the tiles.





20.  Place felt onto the glue and center on the back of the tile.  Press into place and allow it to dry for about 1 hour.



21.  Stack the tiles, tie with a ribbon and you are done!  







Aren't these beautiful?  What a fun gift to give for Mother's Day!  These would also be a great wedding gift (MONOGRAM!!), House Warming or Teacher Appreciation gift.

Be sure to check back for some more Mother's Day and Gift Giving Ideas over the next few days and weeks.  I still have a few tricks up my sleeve!


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