- Tiles (I got mine for like 20 cents each from Home Depot. They are 4.5″x4.5″)
- Decorative (Scrapbook) Paper
- Matte Mod Podge
- Hard Coat Mod Podge
- Photographs (You’ll take them, then you’ll need to have them printed)
- Cute kids
- Cork board
- Adhesive Spray
Let’s get started!
This first thing we need to do is make our cardboard letters. I opened up a giant box, then freehanded the letters GRANDP onto the cardboard. I chose to use the A twice, for the first and last A, but you could draw A twice, as well.
You do want your letters to be fairly big, as they have to be very visible in a photograph.
Now you need to cut out all of your letters. Please excuse the background of this photo. My husband was on call, blah, blah, blah.
Now we need to cover the letters with decorative paper. I used a different paper for each letter. Lay the letter on the backside of your paper, then trace it with pencil. You want to use the back of the paper so that your pencil marks don’t show on the front. Then cut the letter from the paper. Coat the cardboard letter with Matte Mod Podge, then lay the paper on top. Smooth out all of the air bubbles. Let it dry. Then paint a layer of Mod Podge over the letter/paper. Some of my letters were too big to fit on my scrapbook paper. I just fit what I could tracing, then cut out enough to cover the rest of the letter from the scraps.
This is what you should have!
Okay, the letters are done! Here’s the fun part: Go out and shoot some adorable pictures of your kids holding each of the letters, one letter at a time. We did some funny shots and some normal shots–Do whatever Dad/Grandpa would love the most. Choose one picture of each letter and have it printed in a 4×6. I did some cropping before I had the photos printed, just to be sure that the kids/letters were big enough. Be cautious, though, as you’ll have to cut about 1.5″ from the top or bottom of your photo to make it fit on the tile. (I ended up cutting my kids feet off in every photo.)
To crop my photos, I placed a picture on its tile, then made a crease along the bottom edge, where I wanted to crop. Then I cut along that crease with my paper cutter.
This is what your photo should look like after cropping.
Okay Mod Podgers, it’s time to pull out your Hard Coat Mod Podge! This Mod Podge is water resistant and not tacky, just right for coasters.
Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge onto your tile. I used a soft bristle brush, but you could use a foam brush, too. Lay the photo onto the tile, centering it and smoothing out all of the air bubbles. I didn’t have any trouble with air bubbles after drying, I think because the photo paper is so thick, but I worked pretty hard to rub out any bubbles with my fingers as soon as I placed the photo onto the tile.
After using the Mod Podge, both here and once you paint it on top of the photo, check the ends of your tiles to be sure that there aren’t any drips. You can just wipe the Mod Podge off when it’s wet, but once the it dries, well, at least your coaster will have some texture!
Repeat the previous steps until you have all of your photos cropped and adhered to the tiles. Once the Mod Podge is completely dry (if you go too early, your photos will slip out of place–Don’t ask me how I know that), paint a layer of decoupage medium over the top of the photo. Do this for each tile. Use long brush strokes, going from top to bottom or bottom to top, so that you don’t have smudge marks from the Mod Podge in the middle of your tiles.
Let the Mod Podge dry (about 20 minutes), then give the coaster another coat (x5!) The directions on the bottle said to use five coats, so that’s what I did. When you don’t know what you’re doing, just follow the directions!
The top of the coasters is done – sweet! Since the bottom of a tile is not exactly smooth, and thus isn’t very good for a tabletop, I decided to put a layer of corkboard on the bottom of each tile. To do this, lay your tile on the cork board and trace around the edges.
Cut out the square.
I used adhesive spray to glue the cork board to the tiles. This stuff makes a HUGE mess, so be sure to cover your entire work area (cover a bigger area than you’ll actually need). Also be careful not to lay your tiles, picture side down, on an area that has just been sprayed. You will end up with sticky tiles! Again, just trust me. Spray the top of the corkboard with the adhesive spray. Lay the tile over the corkboard.
It won’t stick without some pressure, so you’ll have a little bit of time to move the tile around before it’s adhered for good. Repeat until all of your tiles have a cork bottom.
Guess what? You’re done! Now wrap those suckers up and give them to the Daddy/Grandpa in your life. Thank you so much, Amy, for inviting me to Mod Podge Rocks today. And thank you Mod Podge Rockers for checking out my Father’s Day coaster tutorial! Come visit me at Martha Shmartha to see an amazing tutorial from Amy, and also lots of other snazzy crafts!