Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Coasters by Kathy Page...

Good Morning! Today I have a very easy and inexpensive gift idea to show you. It is to make coasters out of tiles ~ these are so easy yet I think they look gorgeous and would be a great hostess gift or even a teachers gift!
First off you will need the following:
~ cleaned tiles (I got mine from Lowe's for .32 cents apiece)
~ Black Staz-on (and other colors you would like)
~ Self adhesice furniture pads (I got 200 for $1.99)
~ Some type of permanent protective finish (I used Krylon Matte Finish)
~ stamps that you want to use (I used these cute Santa images by Elisabeth Bell)
*Optional ~ distress ink and sponge

1) To start off I cleaned off my tiles with warm soapy water and dried throughly. Make sure when selecting tiles you like the way the top looks. If you want a vintagey distressed look it doesn't matter but if you want a smoother look be sure to get some without many grooves on top.
Ink your image with the Staz-on and stamp on clean tile. You can see in the photo where the distressing is from the tile grooves.

2) Next I added a sentiment on with some Blazing Red Staz-on ink.
3)At this point you can either let your tiles air dry or heat set them with a heating tool. *If you want to add some distress ink for a more vintagey look it is very important to make sure the tiles are completely dry. Here is a comparison of the distressed and non-distressed tile:
4)Next spray the tiles with a finish to protect them and make the image permanent. I like the look of the matte finish but if you like the shiny finish that works too!
5)Add 4 protective furniture foam pads to the bottom of the tiles:

To finish it off and make it presentable I just stacked them and tied some lace around it! I plan on giving these to the girls teachers with some mugs filled with gourmet Hot Cocoa. (I have made one full set distressed and one regular ~ but showed both in picture)

Well thanks so much for stopping by! This was my first tutorial so I hope you found it understandable and enjoyable!
Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Camilla's fabulous tutorial!!


  1. Great tutorial Kathy!!! Love your project, you make it look pretty easy!!
    :) Irina

  2. Fabulous tutorial great idea and I have some tiles in the shed, guess what I will be trying over xmas, thanks for the inspiration.
    Christine x

  3. What a fab idea and so simple. Great little present from me to you houses or to take as a tree present when visiting!

    Thanks for the inspiration

  4. This is a fabulous idea, I love it and will definitely be trying it out. I accidentally broke my favourite coaster last week which was shop bought and had just resigned myself to buying a new one but now I can make my own. Thank you. Dawn Marie.xx

  5. A great idea and a great tutorial Kathy. You'd never know its your first. This is definitely an idea I'll be using in the future. Happy Christmas and I'm already looking forward to more tutorials from you.
    Lauren x

  6. Wonderful tutorial Kathy and love your brilliant idea perfect!
    kim x

  7. Fabuloso trabajo, tiene unas posibilidades increibles para muchos soportes, gracias. me encanta. Felicidades

  8. Great idea! It is such a nice way to make a lovely gift. Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs Yolanda


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