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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

DIY Photo Coasters!

When I saw this picture posted on Pinterest the other day, I couldn't wait to make my mom a set for her birthday! Lee La La has such a great tutorial, they were so easy.


I headed to Home Depot and picked up 9 4"x4" Travertine tiles for $4. I only used 5 tiles for this set so there is plenty for another one.

I already had the Modge Podge, tissue paper, and felt on hand, but those are also very inexpensive.

To start, I selected 5 pictures I wanted to put on the coasters. I ended up using pictures from our wedding since there was  good variety and they were fairly recent.

I loaded them into Word, cropped them so they were also 4"x4", and changed them to black and white.

I had never printed on tissue paper before and was surprised how easy this was, worked the first time! I cut down a sheet of white tissue paper to 8 1/2"x11" and adhered it to a piece of cardstock using my favorite tape gun (but you could use any type of adhesive). I only taped it on the top and bottom and made sure the pictures wouldn't print over where I taped.



After they printed, I used my rotary cutter to cut out each 4" x 4" picture.



Then I spaced out the tiles, put a good coat of Modge Podge on them and carefully placed the tissue paper photos.


It's very important to let them dry completely so you don't rip the tissue paper. I let them sit overnight and sanded the edges to take off any excess tissue before putting 2 more coats of Modge Podge over the top.


After they were completely dry, I flipped them over and added a 4"x4" piece of felt to the bottom of each one so they won't scratch the table.


Packaged them up and added a fabric flower I posted about here. They are all ready for my mom!

How cute and fun are these? I will definitely be making some for Christmas presents!

I'm linking up to the Pinterest Challenge and

19 comments:

  1. SO cute and surprisingly EASY! I foresee everyone getting set for Christmas. LOL

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  2. These turned out great! Found you from Bear Rabbit Bear's link party. I'm your newest follower! :)

    http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/

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  3. Does the Mod Podge keep them from getting mess up when drink sweat? Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  4. You did a great job with these! They would be awesome Christmas presents!! I've made ones like this...and I found a quick layer of a "protective spray" helps to protect that tissue paper too!

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  5. Fabulous!! I'm pinning them!! :)

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  6. And I'm making them a favorite from last week's Show & Share!! Hope you'll grab a button!

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  7. What a great idea! Definitely on my todo list for christmas.
    Hope you have a good day.

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  8. I love love love these coasters! I have seen them and wondered how they were done. They look like the photo was original to the tiles! Great job. I posted a photo and link on my blog's Friday Friends. Thanks for all you great ideas.

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  9. I have always wanted to do these and now I know how. Thanks so much
    Traci

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  10. ooh, I have never used Modge Podge and this looks like the perfect thing to try with it!! Thanks for linking to our $10 or less blog party!!

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  11. Hi! Im trying to make these as a xmas gift but am wondering if the modpodge on the top of the photo is enough to keep the drinks from ruining the pictures? Thanks!!

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  12. So far, so good! My mom uses they quite a bit and they are holding up well, but an extra coat of clear spray wouldn't hurt!

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  13. also just saw these on pinterest! thanks for the instructions! I don't know if I will have time to make them for Christmas gifts but my daughter's b-day is in Feb and she would love a set I'm sure!

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  14. Hi. Great project idea. I used vellum paper for a few of the coasters and it turned out great as well. Thanks for the idea. I used it for a gift for someone moving away. I printed all pictures of things that were important in the current city and the city she is moving.

    Thanks for the idea!

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  15. Just a question. I tried this but used a smaller picture and my tissue paper is showing up on the outide of my image. Do I just need to cut down to the edge of the image so no paper shows, or is there a way to hide the edge?

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  16. I love this idea! I was just wondering if you've used matt or gloss modge podge? I'm in the UK so don't know if it's different to what you've used. Fantastic idea!

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  17. I have been researching different methods and have noticed on some it makes a difference if you you toner v. inkjet or laser. If so, what did you use - does it matter? Also wondered if I could speed up the process by putting them in the oven for a bit instead of having to wait overnight? Have the tile & felt - going to the copy shop (I think?). Wish me luck!

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