How to Make Your Own Coasters | Project Using The Sweet Life Papers!

Note: I wrote an update post about the effectiveness of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge here!

Before I share this project, I just want to note that Super Cute Kawaii is currently running a Kelsea Echo giveaway - be sure to enter for a chance to win yourself some goodies! I just added new rings, earrings, and hair combs (in a new mini size) to the Sparkle Skull collection, so you'll have plenty to choose from! :)

I've been following Jenny and Aaron's adorable, sugary, pastel corner of the blog world (Everyday is a Holiday) for over two years. In addition to being incredibly talented (I have quite a few pieces of their artwork), Jenny and Aaron are two of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. Being a bit of a paper supply hoarder, I was thrilled when they released their Sweet Life scrapbook paper collection, via Melissa Frances, earlier this year!

I've also been on the lookout for pretty, reasonably-priced coaster sets for a while now. Finally, I gave up and just decided to make my own! This also gave me a chance to test out the new dishwasher-safe Mod Podge. I decided to make two sets of four coasters.

Materials List
+ Four ceramic tiles - I purchased plain white, glazed tiles at Home Depot for a few cents each
+ Original Mod Podge (any finish is fine - available at Amazon, Michaels, etc.)
+ Dishwasher-safe Mod Podge (available at Amazon, Michaels, etc.)
+ One 12x12" paper (or large enough to cover the tile set) - I used pages from DCWV's Shimmer Stack
+ One 6x6" paper - I used a page from The Sweet Life 6x6 paper pad
+ foam brush - I used Loew Cornell 842 foam brush set, 1-inch (available at Amazon)
+ X-Acto knife (available at Amazon)
+ 16 small self-stick pads - I used Waxman 3/8" self-stick felt pads (available at Amazon)
+ Scissors
+ Pencil

Step 1: Trace & Cut Bottom Paper
Lay a tile on the 12x12" paper ("bottom paper"), glazed side down. Trace the outline of the tile onto the 12x12" paper. Try to make this close if possible, but if the paper is slightly too big, we can trim the edges in a later step if necessary. Repeat this for as many coasters as you want to make. Cut out your tracings from the paper.

Step 2: Trace & Cut Top Paper
On the back side of the paper, measure 3" in to each side of the 6x6" paper ("top paper") and make a small mark (should be the halfway point on each page). Use a ruler to connect the marks on opposite sides and draw a line (should split the page in half). This will split the page into quarters. Cut out the squares.
The Sweet Life papers are double sided! Pictured above are the back side of the 6x6" papers used.

Step 3: Adhere Bottom Paper to Tiles
Use the foam brush to apply a layer of Original Mod Podge to the glazed side of the ceramic tile. Place the bottom paper on the tile. Carefully smooth out any bubbles beneath the surface by pushing them to the edges. You may want to hold the edges down to ensure the paper adheres effectively. Let it dry for 20 minutes, or you may end up with air bubbles between the paper layers.

* Remember to wash off your foam brush between steps, as the Mod Podge will dry on your brush too while you're waiting for the surfaces to dry!

Step 4: Adhere Top Paper
Using the foam brush, apply a layer of Original Mod Podge. Place the top paper on top of the tile.  Make sure you place the image so that the four tiles together form the picture you want. Carefully smooth out bubbles from beneath the surface. Let it dry for 20 minutes.

Step 5: Trim Edges
If there is any paper sticking out of the tile edges, flip over the tiles so that the paper side is down. Use the X-Acto knife to trim the edges carefully.

Step 6: Stick on Felt Pads
While the tiles are still flipped over, stick the felt pads to the corners of the tiles. This way, the tiles won't scratch table surfaces or leave chalky residue.

Step 7: Apply a Layer of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
Using the foam brush, apply a layer of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge ("DSMP") over the paper on the tiles. Be sure to cover the entire surface. I ran the brush along the sides of each coaster, just to be sure any cracks between the paper and tile were fully covered.

Step 8: Let it Cure... for 30 Days
Yep, this is the toughest part! That's how long DSMP takes to cure fully. If you absolutely can't wait, you might use Original Mod Podge instead. I just figured this was a great chance for me to test out the Dishwasher Safe version (which is a newer product) in hopes that it would be extra water resistant. I don't plan to actually wash my coasters in the dishwasher.

That's it! These coasters sets would make great housewarming gifts, if you have the time to plan in advance. I'll be using these coasters around the house and will be sure to add an update on how they hold up, sealed with DSMP. I did do a very quick (and not at all scientific) test by running water onto one of the coasters for a few seconds. The water formed droplets and dripped off nicely! :)

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  1. Ahhh! I can't take the cuteness! This project is fantastic! Love it!! And geez, thank you so very much for the super sweet words! So kind. So happy you love the papers! One of my fave projects using the collection!! For sure!! Thank you doll! Xo jenny

    1. Thank you for YOUR sweet words! <3 I'm super honored, as I imagine you guys have gotten to see lots of awesome Sweet Life projects! :) I love getting to see your artwork every time I take a sip of water or coffee. It makes me smile! :)

  2. So cute Kels!! Such a nice project, and I love Jenny and Aaron's paper collection. What a great use for them :) xx

    1. Thank you, dear Susie! <3 I have lots more Sweet Life papers and am trying to think of more projects to use them in! :)

  3. Oh I love these! The Sweet Life papers are so pretty!
    You did a great job Kelsea! and yay, giveaway!!


    1. Thanks, Jessica! Yes, I'm totally in love with the whole collection! <3

  4. Love these! What a fantastic idea

  5. Omgggggg this is just too cute! That's a perfect idea to use pretty paper for :D

    1. Thanks, Crissy! I have sooo many pretty papers... need to come up with more ideas! Hehe :)

  6. These look great! Do you have an update on whether or not the dishwasher safe modge podge works to make the coasters water proof? I'm concerned about spills and glass condensation ruining the pretty paper.

  7. Sorry if this posts more than once. I was wondering if you had an update on the dishwasher safe modge podge and if it succeeded in making the coasters water proof. I had gotten an epoxy to seal my coasters, but the modge podge would be way easier. Are your coasters water proof with the dishwasher safe modge podge? I am concerned about spills or glass condensation ruining the paper.

    1. I was just thinking I need to post an update on this - you beat me to the question! The dishwasher safe mod podge has actually worked pretty well! The only time there's an issue is if I put a really hot cup on it (like a mug of boiling water while the tea bag is steeping) - sometimes the bottom of the mug sticks slightly to the coaster. My boyfriend managed to create a ring on one of them, though I haven't tried to wash it out yet.

      Anyway, it's not 100% perfect, but it works pretty well! The paper itself hasn't had any issues. :)


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