**This is an updated version of this post on how to make coasters using your digital photos, except finished with epoxy for a no-stick finish!**
I didn’t really see the need for coasters until we got furniture I actually cared about. And then I quickly understood the appeal. Who wants their table marred by a bunch of liquid circles?
Coasters to the rescue!
Not only are these DIY photo coasters super easy to make, but they’re also perfect for displaying your favorite photos and giving as gifts.
I was so delighted with how they turned out, and now I’m contemplating making them for every person I know!
What you’ll need:
- 4 1/4” x 4 1/4” ceramic tiles (I bought mine at The Home Depot for 16 cents each)
- 4×6 photos (or 4×4)
- Glue stick
- Epoxy (you can find this at your local craft store)
- Flat scraper (or disposable paint brush)
- Plastic cups, plates and spoon
- Felt pads
If you’re using 4×6 photos, cut them into 4×4 squares.
With the glue stick, carefully glue the photos on to the center of the tiles.
Following the directions on your epoxy, mix together your epoxy sealer in a plastic cup with a plastic spoon. Set some plastic cups upside down on paper or plastic plates to catch drips, then set your coasters on top of the cups.
Carefully spoon a generous amount of epoxy over each coaster. Then, with the scraper or paint brush, spread it evenly over the entire coaster, being sure you seal the edges where the photo meets the tile.
Let dry for 3-4 days (otherwise, they’ll be sticky).
Once they’ve completely hardened, cut each felt pad into four parts (or use four for each coaster, if they’re small) and attach to the back of your tiles so they don’t scrape the table top (because what good is a coaster if it protects against water stains but scratches up your tabletop instead?).