These diy drink coasters are really fun to make, I first saw the idea on Pinterest and thought 'What a great present that would make?' I gave it a go and as it was so much fun I thought I would share it on my web site. They make cheap budget decorating ideas and look really nice and were really easy to make.
How To Make Drink Coasters:
1. Collect all your materials. If you do not have a 'proper' cutting board just use a plastic vegetable cutting board from the kitchen. I do, and it works very well. You can also use spray varnish instead of brush on varnish.
2. Decide on whether you want a border on your tile. I chose to draw up 8 x 8cm squares as I liked the white border. If you don't, cut the paper to the same size as your tile.
Then using a steel ruler and cutting knife cut up your squares.
3. Then brush the glaze paste all over your tile, making sure you use brush strokes going the same way. Place your paper tile on top and being careful not to get the glaze on the paper or your fingers press the paper into the tile with your fingers- this will remove any air bubbles.
In this picture I began using a foam type brush but stopped because it left small black spots on the tile. I then chose a normal mid price paint brush. (Just make sure the brush does not shed hairs.)
4. Then let the tile dry - about 15 minutes depending on air temperature. Then brush on another 2-3 coats of glaze paste, letting it dry between coats.
As you can see the glaze makes the tile look white, but it dries clear.
5. Once dry, varnish the tile. I then bought a packet of sticky surface savers from the hardware store, cut the sheet into small squares and placed them on the back of the tiles. They can be found in the hardware section which sells items for protecting legs of furniture on wooden floors.
If you can't find them, just buy a piece of felt and cut and paste a square section on the back of the tile. This method will work just as well.
Then put your 4 tiles together, buy some ribbon and BINGO, you have a lovely present to give to a yourself, a friend, or a housewarming gift.
I hope you enjoyed this page about how to make diy drink coasters, let me know what you think by sending me a comment below.