DIY: Tile Photo Coasters

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Since we’ve moved into our condo about a year ago, we’ve been searching for fun drink coasters for our home. Majority of our furniture have white surfaces so it’s a pain to constantly wipe off water marks from our counters. We could not find anything that we liked for various reasons: style, price, size, price, price, price. The ones we loved from Anthropologie are too expensive. We didn’t want to pay $5 or more each for one coaster regardless of how cute and pretty they are. If you want to get a set of four, that’s already $20 minimum. Not worth it in our book.

Next best thing: Pinterest DIY. We found this really great post on how to create Polaroid Inspired Tile Coasters.  We immediately went to get the materials and started our own DIY version of the coasters.

Supplies we used:

  • 4 white Ceramic Tiles ($0.89 at Home Depot)
  • 4 photos printed from Walmart  (glossy)
  • Mod Podge (glossy)
  • Sponge Brush ($0.77 at Home Depot)
  • Clear Acrylic Spray (Rus-Oleum Ultra Cover Gloss Clear)
  • 4 Cork Board squares
  • 1 pair of Scisscor
  • 1 piece of Sand Paper  (220 Grit Fine)


Step 1: Cut the photos so that it will be a little bit smaller than the tile squares.


Step 2: Use sand paper to sand the surface of the tiles. This will make the photos adhere better with the tiles.


Step 3: Using your foam brush, brush on a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the photos.



Step 4: Place your photo on top of the tile. Press down with your hands. Be careful not to let the photo slide off the tile. Adjust the photo position by pushing the photo with your fingers. Use a plastic card to swipe away any bubbles underneath the photo.


Step 5: Let it dry for about 30 minutes.


Step 6: Using your foam brush to apply the Mod Podge over the tiles including top of the photos. The glue will apply white but will dry clear. Apply the glue evenly across (left- right) and repeat the application down (up-down). Apply extra to the sides of the photo to prevent lifting later on as it dries.


Step 7: Wait for the tiles to dry (60 minutes +) and repeat step 6. You can always apply it a third time after your tile dries to really make sure the photos are glued tight on the tile.

Step 8: After you apply the final coat of Mod Podge, let your tiles dry for a few hours. We left ours to dry overnight and continue working on the project the next day. Drying time is really important. Otherwise your coasters will be sticky, the photos will lift or be damaged by the pressure of the cups.


Step 9: After your tiles are dry it still may feel a little tacky on top. Spray the acrylic sealant across the tiles in a slow left-right motion so that it completely covers the tile. Set it on a counter and let it dry for 30 minutes. Repeat the spray application 2-3 times to really ensure your coasters will be water proof. Make sure to do this in a well ventilated area. The chemicals smell pretty nasty.


Step 10: Let your tile coasters dry for at least 72 hours before using them. We left ours alone for a week. We’ve had bad experiences in the past being too impatient with paint so we’re going to give the sealant plenty of time to dry.

Step 11: Glue square pieces of cork board sheets on the back of the tile. This is to ensure your coasters will not scratch your counters. You can use hot glue gun or you can use small adhesive stickers to glue the board to your tile. Both works well.


Alright ladies and gents, the moment you’ve been working for. Here are the final results! We’re beyond happy with how these coasters turn out. We’ve got big plans for DIY coasters for future holiday presents. Not only are they easy to make, they’re personable, affordable and one of a kind. Definitely worth a try!



We hope you enjoy this DIY post as much as we liked writing it. Please share it with your friends if you like what you see. Let us know how your DIY coasters turn out and follow us for more DIY projects in the future.

Peace and Love!




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