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Monday, August 6, 2012

Ceramic TIle Coasters - DIY

Buzz & I are planning a party for the newly weds in our family and want to give them a few handmade gifts.  With that in mind, we're always on the prowl for projects we think they'll like. 

Case in point, we ran across a good deal on a box of 80  4x4 ceramic tiles at Habitat for Humanity Restore the other day and immediately thought of... 
Ceramic Tile Coasters 
(experimental stage - starting with some for us)


I tried decoupaging them directly to the tile but it didn't work
 with the product I had on hand, so I went to 
Plan B
  • I applied a coat of bonding primer to the surface of the tile
  • Allowed  it to dry for about an hour
  • Followed with another coat of bonding primer, brushing in the opposite direction (I wanted the effect of linen)  and this worked.

Once the tiles were completely dry I added the labels.


I've used this decoupage process before...see my "Spring Banner" post under the My DIY tab to see how I did it.
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 Our newly weds were married in Vegas so I used this flamingo graphic 
(also from The Graphic Fairy) for their coasters.
Aren't they cute! 
I'll probably do another set though...I'm a silly perfectionists and see to many things wrong with these.  Ha!

No worries... I have 72 tiles left!
":o)



28 comments:

  1. Geneva- Don't you DARE re-do those--they are just darling just like they are. Fantastic job and what a find on the tiles! xo Diana

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  2. Geneva- wow, I love vintage graphics and had thought about ordering some tiles similar to these for a kitchen backsplash. You just made it easy peasy! How beautiful!

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  3. Those are so flipping cute!! Definitely pinned that one!

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  4. You are just plain talented..creative...and I love these tiles!!!

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  5. They are absolutely wonderful. I love this idea and wouldn't have known about the primer step. They are really nice!

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  6. Will this hold up to moisture when used as a coaster? That finish doesn't seem real durable...

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    1. I think so... there are three coats of sealer on top. Since this is a new project, I'll be watching how they hold up and follow up with you if you'd like. If you wanted a more durable surface you could probably apply a heavy duty sealer of some kind.

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  7. Nice job Geneva, those look great and what a perfect gift idea for newlyweds. Have a good day.
    Ciao,
    Mary

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  8. Those are so adorable!! You are so creative and crafty....Love it! I just might have to try this as a Christmas gift. I might be able to do something with all the photos I take! :o)

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    1. Stephanie...you definitely need to do this with some of your beautiful photographs! I'm like you, I think they would be great Christmas gifts! Thank you for your sweet comment!!!

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  9. I love how it turned out! I've got to try this.
    Brenda

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  10. Really Cute! The process didn't look to bad either. You can make many different types with 70 more coasters! Thanks for visiting my blog and I am your newest follower!

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  11. Love the vintage spin on these. Just super!

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  12. Geneva, What an awesome gift...and way to upcycle those tiles!! Hmmm...wondering if I could pay you to make a set for me?! I'm all about English Cottage and it's pretty hard to find coasters to go with the feel I like for my home. (You'll have to let me know)
    Have a blessed day~

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    1. Thank you Patty ... What a sweetie!!! I'm actually planning to open an Etsy store pretty soon, and will let you know when and if. I need to do a little bit more tweaking on these before I actually offer them to someone I don't know...ha! Thank you again for your sweet comment!

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  13. love, love, love the ditressed look of the first set, geneva! great newlyweds gift idea, too:)

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  14. I think they turned out great! I like that they're big enough for a large coffee mug.

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  15. How fun...I have to check out that flamingo! Love your ideas.

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  16. Hi there! It's nice to meet and follow you!
    They turned out lovely!

    Ciao Bella
    Sensible Sarah

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  17. Cute as can be, and how treasured they'll be knowing they are hand crafted! Lucky newlyweds!

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  18. What gorgeous coasters you've created! You've used some of my favorite graphics, too:) I've always wanted to try my hand at making some. Sounds like you'll have lots of fun creating more with your huge stash of tiles:)

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  19. They are so cute, love the coasters. The lucky newlyweds are getting a great gift. They are also a great size! You work is always so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – it helped to make make the party a success! Love the stars that show on the screen as I move my mouse over, feels special!

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  20. Geneva! you did it again girl! LOVE these. I can think of these as great Christmas gifts - personalized! I will be featuring your post on this week's Home and Garden Thursday! I appreciate you sharing,
    kathy

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  21. Wow, this is amazing!! I would love for you to drop by My Dream Canvas. I am also hosting a giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to HomeGoods. Do please enter the giveaway if you like :)

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  22. What a cute idea Geneva. I like how you personalised them for the couple. I especially love the set you made for yourself! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Your tile coasters are beautiful, Geneva--perfectly vintage looking, and I love that they are pretty inexpensive to make as well. I'm going to take a look at your earlier post where you outline your decopage technique, so I can learn! Thank you so much for sharing this great project with us.

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