DIY – Personal Coasters

Lately I have had a lot of friends that are moving out and getting engaged, married etc. and I have been celebrating so many new beginnings for people! Recently a couple that I’m close too bought a house and I wanted to give them something to get them started in their new home. I really wanted to add in something personal so naturally I thought why not a DIY project! I’ve seen a friend of mine do personalized coasters before and I wanted to try it out, I ended up loving the way they turned out so I thought I would share it with you guys!

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  • Tiles (I had also tried this with ceramic coasters that I bought already made and it worked out so you could always do it that way)
  • Cork paper/squares (Another option is to use felt)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Photos of your choice! Friends, family, pets, sports teams etc.
    *** I printed these pictures off the computer
  • Mod Podge
  • A sponge brush and tin pan, or something to put the Mod Podge in

To get started, you’re going to hot glue gun the cork squares to the bottom of your tiles. This will allow the tile to be table friendly! Like I said you can also use felt by either cutting a full square to fit your tile or 4 small squares for the 4 corners. Be generous and quick with the glue gun so they will stay!

Once they are fully dry, then you can start adding your photos!

I printed mine off the computer, and then cut them out to the shape I wanted. I put the Mod Podge in the tin pan so it didn’t spill, it is really sticky so either wear gloves or make sure you don’t get it on your hands. First I used the sponge brush and put Mod Podge all over the top of the tile making sure it was completely covered, the I placed the picture on top and pressed it down making sure all the edges and corners were sticking. This will prevent any bubbles from forming.

After it was in place I put the Mod Podge all over the top of the photo like the shown above, again making sure every part of it was covered in glue! I tried to keep my strokes consistent going side to side horizontally. It will look very foggy and like the strokes of the brush are staying but don’t panic this will all go away when it dries! You can see the difference in the photos above from when I first placed the Mod Podge and then the photos at the bottom when it setting into place.

Do this to all of your tiles until they are complete and leave them to dry! You will be able to tell when they are dry, but I recommend leaving them for at least a day or two before using them. The less glue you used the faster it will dry.

And there you have it! A sweet housewarming gift, or even a craft for your own home!

Love, Sam


  1. Hayley
    February 1, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Absolutely love the coasters! Perfect addition to our home. Thanks Sam B! 😉

    • lovesamweb
      February 1, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks Hailz, I’m glad you guys like them xo

    • lovesamweb
      February 22, 2017 / 3:38 am

      Thanks so much!

  2. jane
    December 5, 2017 / 1:30 am

    These are spectacular, you seem to have such a creative soul!!!

    • samanthaalexandra
      December 5, 2017 / 3:54 am

      Thank you! They really do make a great gift!

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