How to make coasters with photos

Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

**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!Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

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)
  • Scissors
  • 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

Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

If you’re using 4×6 photos, cut them into 4×4 squares.

Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

With the glue stick, carefully glue the photos on to the center of the tiles.

Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

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).

Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

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?).

Preserve your memories AND your furniture! Learn how to make coasters using a few crafty items and any digital photos you've got lying around!

Enjoy!

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  1. Jean Bishop says:

    Thanks for this article. I will give this a go and I hope it will solve the coaster lifting up with the cup dilemma!

    • Gwen Bucknell says:

      Please let us know if it does solve the issue! We’re hoping this article helps with that, but we definitely want to hear back from you if it doesn’t.

    • Candace Smith says:

      Did you make the coasters? Did it help with sticking?

      • Gwen Bucknell says:

        Hi Candace, our contributor, Janssen, made them and the epoxy helped so much with the sticking!

  2. Candace Smith says:

    Great, thank you! I’m looking forward to trying this project…

  3. Rita says:

    I made these for Father’s Day and they were a big hit! Question: once dry, can the epoxy covered coasters be stacked on top of each other or will they still together

  4. Tiffany says:

    very hard to make with epoxy!

  5. dee dee says:

    Would you suggest tiles that are slick or non slick.

  6. Jackie says:

    Did your coasters have small bubbles after the epoxy was applied? Is there a trick to minimizing these bubbles? I tried a hairdryer on low, as well as “blowing” on them since carbon dioxide is supposed to help.

    • Gwen Bucknell says:

      Hi Jackie, you can help prevent bubbles when mixing the two parts by doing it slowly and not lifting your stir stick up (reducing the chances of adding air) – here’s a tutorial I found helpful for how to mix. If you already have bubbles once you’ve mixed your resin, there are 2 options: 1 is to apply heat via a heat gun/embossing tool, and I have read that you can spray acetone on the surface and it will get rid of the bubbles (I have not personally tried this, so I’m not sure how well it works!). I hope this helps!

  7. Jen Freeman says:

    Did you print the pictures on photo paper or just plain paper? Thanks!

  8. Abby says:

    I bought the epoxy resin you used and am ready to redo the coasters I made since there was a lot of sticking. How many coasters were you able to get out of the epoxy mix?

  9. Professional photography looks very charming .

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