Ok, I love my kids, but who’s excited school is back in session?? Raise your hand! I can’t see you, but I’m sure many of you had your arms up!! Now that I have a little more time, I am in the process of making over our family room, which includes refinishing our coffee and end tables, and I just purchased a new media console. The room is really coming together, and I can’t wait to show it to you! After all the work that I put into the tables and the money spent on the console, I’m not all that anxious for them to get scuffed up. As I keep wiping up water stains, the lightbulb went off and I realized that somehow we don’t have any coasters.
I thought coasters would be a fun and easy thing to make and they would fit in more with the decor of the room. I also had everything on hand already except for the stone tiles, so this was a really inexpensive DIY.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 in. ceramic or stone tiles
- primer (in spray form)
- matte acrylic paint (I used Titanium White)
- chalkboard spray paint or flat black spray paint
- small stencils
- felt pads
- ModPodge in matte finish (I’ve added a link for your convenience, but Target often has small bottles in their dollar section.)
I originally planned to use some of the cheap white tiles that cost about 19 cents each from Home Depot, but the store I went to was out of them. I found these stone tiles that were less than $4 for a pack of 9, and I think it worked out for the best. They are not a completely smooth surface, but I think that adds to their charm. Because they are a porous natural stone tile, I started by giving them a quick coat of spray primer to help seal them. I let the primer dry for an hour and then sprayed them with several light coats of chalkboard spray paint a few minutes apart. I used chalkboard spray paint as I already had it on hand, but I think that a flat black spray paint would work just as well.
While the paint was drying I starting working on the stencil designs with my Silhouette Cameo. My Silhouette is probably my favorite arts and crafts toy. In case you haven’t heard of it before, it’s an electronic cutting machine. It looks and works a lot like a printer, except instead of using ink to draw lines or letters it has a tiny knife that cuts them out in various mediums like vinyl or fabric. I can’t even begin to tell you how many random things I use it for like labeling school stuff for the kids with vinyl letters, making prints with the gel pens, labeling envelopes for our holiday cards, and of course, making stencils like these. I love having my Cameo, but for those of you looking for a less expensive option, there is the Silhouette Portrait. It’s a little smaller and it would probably work for most of the projects that I work on. If you’ve been thinking about getting a Silhouette, for the price, I think the Portrait is a good way to go.
I came up with 5 stencil designs that you can download here if you have a Silhouette. There is also a great selection of stencils that you can purchase here if you don’t have a Silhouette. I cut my stencils out of contact paper or stencil film and apply it to the top of the tile. Once you have the stencil where you want it, use a very small brush to apply a very thin coat of the ModPodge around the outline of your stencil. This forms a clear seal to help keep the paint from seeping under the stencil. Once that dries, use a foam brush to apply your acrylic paint to the tile.
Let your paint dry overnight, and then remove the stencil. If your paint seeps through at all it is very easy to touch up with a small detail brush. I sprayed some of the chalkboard paint onto a paper plate and used the detail brush to paint over any areas that needed a touch up.
To seal the coasters, I applied 3 coats of ModPodge over the top of the tile. I used ModPodge because it comes in a matte finish, which was the look I was going for.
Finally, I added the felt pads to the bottom of each of the coasters to keep them from scratching any surfaces.
How do you think these turned out? The natural holes in the tiles give the coasters a vintage feel that has a lot of charm. I also didn’t really worry about any spots that I missed with paint because it just adds to the look. Wouldn’t these be cute propped up for some extra artwork in the room when they aren’t in use!
I only painted these with a black background and white graphics, but how do you think they would look in reverse?
If you like it, I’d love for you to pin it!