Last June (…the 2011 June…) I posted about my very first Pinterest inspired craft: coasters! That was just a sneak peak and I promised I’d put a tutorial up soon. Unfortunately, in some France-induced excitement last summer, I deleted my memory card and lost all the step-by-step images. But, never fear… yesterday I undertook project “Coasters Take II”. This time I downloaded my images before I had the chance to delete them. This time I also, somewhat appropriately, used beer labels from our around the world beer label collection!
The bottom four images are the labels I selected for this project. I love the colour and style of the African beer labels! I selected: Safari Beer (Tanzania), Mosi Beer (Zambia), Tusker Beer (Kenya) and Kilimanjaro Beer (also Tanzania).
And it’s easy! All you need is 4×4 ceramic tiles from your local hardware store, Mod Podge (or DIY Mod Podge), a paint brush or foam brush, art for your coasters (pictures, beer labels, leafs, whatever you dream up), felt and craft glue. Polyurathane or Polycrylic is optional!
Step 1: Paint the tile with a thin layer of Mod Podge, place your art in the desired location then cover with a second thin layer of Mod Podge. Let dry for 15-20 minutes.
Step 2: Apply a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth) thin coat of Mod Podge to the tile.
Step 3: (optional): Apply 1-2 coats of a poly finish (I find this helps the coasters be less sticky).
Step 4: Once final coat (of either mod podge or poly) is dry, cut out 3.5″x3.5″ squares of felt, apply craft glue (I prefer the box + x method) and glue to the bottom of the ceramic tiles.
Step 5: Enjoy your newly made coasters! Easy-peasy.