Every year I decide to make my family homemade gifts because I enjoy making things. My gift for Christmas 2012 was to make decoupage tile coasters. A year ago I had no idea what decoupage was, until I found Pinterest. But for those who don’t know decoupage it’s akin to an arty version of Papier-mâché.
For this you will need:
- Tiles – I found 25 tiles for around £8 in B&Q, these tiles were white and didn’t have a smooth surface.
- Mod Podge – This is an American brand which is both glue and varnish, I couldn’t find a UK version so ordered from Ebay, which at the time was cheaper than Amazon.
- Varnish – any non-yellowing varnish is good.
- Sponge wedge / Paint brush – for glueing and varnishing
- Paper – to print out your pictures
- Scissors – to cut out your pictures
- Cork – I bought cork tiles from Wickes and cut them to the size of the coaster
- Super glue – I used super glue to fix the cork to the bottom of the tile.
So after finding my pictures, I put them into photoshop, make them black and white, and cut them into the right size. I measured the tile and knew which size to cut my pictures. This was a subjective process by what I think looked suitable.
After that I saved them as JPGs and saved all pictures on a word document so I could cut the out.
Then I carefully put on a picture and gently rubbed the air pockets out.
The next big is important, let it dry properly between every layer. I found if I didn’t I got wrinkles!! Once it dried I put another two layers of Mod Podge, I let it dry between every layer.
Once done I used regular non-yellowing varnish to put on 2/3 layers on top. Actually it was the same varnish I used in ‘How to paint pebbles…’. It may have been over kill but at least I knew my coaster would resist water marks! In putting on lots of layers I also found to couldn’t feel the edge of the paper.
Once it had dried I got my (wonderful) other half to cut out the cork. I then used super glue to fix them on on to the back.
I’ve had a wonderful response from my family, they seemed to really like them, which is good. Phew!