Got Gifts? Idea #2

Here is another thrifty homemade Christmas gift idea - tile coaster sets.
I actually made these last year for family and friends.  I still have supplies on hand to make a few more sets for this year.
What do you need?

  • A box of tumbled tiles. (These are sold at Home Depot and Lowes)  Mine are the more rustic looking tiles, some have a shiny slick top.  I prefer these.
  • StazOn ink pad  (I used Black and Timber Brown).  I prefer StazOn because it is a permanent ink. **I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby on 50% off.
  • Stamps  - I have a decent selection from my scrapbooking days.  However, Hobby Lobby puts them on 50% off sales pretty often.
  • Clear Acrylic Sealer - Mine is by Plaid and the Gloss (which didn't really turn out glossy looking).
  • Felt or thin cork (you can purchase thin cork in a roll at a craft store like Hobby Lobby)
  • Glue (to glue on cork bottoms.  I think I used E-6000 found in a tube)
I don't have photos of each step but they are really simple to make!  First you need to wash your tiles, because they have dust on them.  I patted mine dry then allowed them to air dry for a few hours.  I usually did this step then went off to do another project.

Select your stamp(s) and stamp 4 tiles to 'match' or mix/match for your set.
Let the ink dry.  I let mine cure overnight.  But you wait at least 30 minutes to an hour.
Spray each stamped tile with the clear acrylic sealer and let dry.
Again, I let them cure overnight; because I did each step after a work day.  You can 'test' to see if it is still sticky to touch.  TRUST ME, you want these completely DRY before you stack them!
After the coasters are dry you will want to add either felt or thin cork to the bottom.  I prefer cork, although the picture below has felt on them.

This shows the bottom.  It is a solid piece of felt (though I DO prefer cork).  The 'lines' are just my raffia ribbon tied around the coaster set once finished.

Set of 4 pretty tile coasters homemade!
Your family and friends will be impressed and they are a usable gift.

I will be linking this in to several upcoming Christmas Gift idea blog parties!
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For other DIY projects, check out DIY Day over at A Soft Place to Land
For super tips and other holiday ideas visit Works for Me Wednesday @ We are That Family
Check out Just A Girl's "I can Make That"  Christmas Gift idea party!  Lots of homemade goodies!


  1. These will make very nice gifts, Sherri. I love them. Where do you buy StazOn??


  2. GREAT gift idea and love the tutorial. I'm bookmarking it!

  3. I love this idea!
    I also love those tiles...Off to Lowe's I go =)
    Thanks for the inexpensive (but expensive looking) gift idea!

  4. Now THAT is a supercool idea! You Rawk!

  5. What a great idea. Those look so beautiful. Thanks for the idea. Hugs, Marty

  6. Hi Sherri! Oh, I love this idea and I can see what a great gift this would make. Well, it would make a nice gift for me, too! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Awesome gift!

    I love homemade over anything else!

  8. This project has been on the back burner for a year and I've really got to get to it! It's so nice to have a nicely matched set :)

  9. Thanks so much for posting this! I saw this on another blog months ago and have been wanting to make them, but she never posted the tutorial. I wanted to do several sets for Christmas. Off to Hobby Lobby tomorrow!

  10. Thank you for this good and detailed post on these! They are lovely.

  11. Oh I love these! I'm going to do some of these this this year!!

  12. Came across your blog through Life in Grace. I read the comment you left and noticed that you’ve done this project so I thought I would hop over to your to ask ya a question. I just made a ton of the tile coasters, made sure the ink was dry and sprayed a sealant over the top…’s smeared the ink into one blog blob! I snatched them up and washed everything off so I can redo them but wanted to ask you a couple questions. Do you remember the type of tile you used? The tiles I purchased look like yours but your edges are a little rougher. Did get the ones that were around .30? I saw more of a rougher type tile that looks like yours as well but they were around a $1.00 each. Also after you sprayed the sealant did you have any problems with the ink smearing? I used the same ink that you did as well but I’m wondering if the sealant I used caused it (I made sure they were dry b4 I sprayed the sealant). One last question……I promise! Did you test them out after you finished. I’m just wondering how they hold up.
    Sorry for this random question filled comment. Just thought you could help a girl out :o)

  13. Love, love, love this idea! Thanks for joining the party!

  14. Great idea!! These turned out so cute too! Thanks!

  15. My son and I made a bunch of these for Christmas gifts after seeing them on another site. I found that the sticky-backed felt was not only super-easy to work with but gave them a professional finish. Very easy and fun!


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