Wow….two crafty posts in a row for me! That might be a record! :-) It must be this time of year. It brings out the hands-on creative side of me. I just LOVE handmade gifts and decor! I guess it’s because you can make things exactly the way YOU like them, they are usually better made than anything you can buy, and there’s that personal satisfaction of being able to say…I did it!
I saw this idea for making photo coasters on Darkroom and Dearly over a year ago and have had it on my “To Do List” since then. Since we recently bought a new dining table, this seemed like the perfect time to cross it off the list.
It’s such a simple idea and yet the result is so impressive! It might just be my favorite craft post thus far!
I’m thrilled with this set I made for myself….now my mind is racing with the gifting possibilities! :-)
DIY “Polaroid” Photo Coasters
What you’ll need:
- photo prints
- 4 x 4 white ceramic tiles
- mod podge
- sponge paint brush
- clear acrylic finish spray
- small adhesive felt circles
How I did it:
For MY version of this DIY project, I used photos from my Instagram feed. I simply took screen shots of photos I wanted to use, resized them to 3.75″ x 3.75″ in a photo editing program (they are already square by default), then printed them on regular paper in my home printer. (See the Darkroom and Dearly tutorial if you are using regular prints.)
To make the photo coasters appear as “polaroids” on the tiles, you will need to trim 0.50″ from the HEIGHT of each 3.75″ x 3.75″ photo. Depending on the composition of the photo, you can trim the bottom, the top, or some of both! To be honest, I eyeballed this part of it. Not every one of my pictures are EXACTLY the same height, but you really can’t tell. :-)
Once you have your photos cut out, the “hard” part is done. The rest is easy and fun!
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto your tile and then place your photo on top. Make sure there are no bubbles or wrinkles, then paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. Because I printed mine on regular paper from my home printer, the colors wanted to run when I started applying the Mod Podge. Just make sure to apply it in one or two fairly thick and even strokes and you won’t have a problem.
(Comment from Susan M. – “Printing on a laser printer will alleviate the problem of the ink running when you apply the mod podge. Or, you can do what I do and spray your pictures with a bit of hairspray (aerosol), let dry and then apply. Voile – no more running ink!” THANK YOU Susan!)
Once the first layer of Mod Podge is dry (which doesn’t take long!) do another layer and let that dry thoroughly.
When your photo coasters are dry, spray them with some clear acrylic finishing spray. I did one thorough coat, let dry for about 15 minutes, then did another thorough coat. Sitting in the sunshine on my front step on a beautiful November afternoon, they were thoroughly dry within 20 minutes!
Last step: attach the little felt circles (one on each corner, of course) and stand back and admire your work!
I have to say, I was pretty jazzed by how these turned out.
I am already thinking about more I want to make for gifts. I think a set of wedding picture coasters for my daughter Britta would be fun! (Don’t anybody say anything to her!) :-)
What do you think? Any other ideas?