How to Create Mosaic Coasters

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Coasters protect your furniture from condensation and steam, and they can add a personal touch to your decorating scheme when you make them yourself. Whether you use ceramic tiles or patterned paper, mosaic coasters are easier to create than you think.

Starting With the Simple Style

If you aren’t sure about working with tiles, begin your coaster-making journey with scrapbook paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft polymer clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter or drinking glass
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Decoupage medium
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear acrylic sealer spray

Tip

  • If you can’t find soft clay, use the regular variety and knead it until it is softened.

Step 1

With the rolling pin, roll the clay to 1/4-inch thick.

Step 2

Cut the clay with the drinking glass or cookie cutter. If you prefer square coasters, cut a template from a scrap of cardboard and then cut around it with a paring knife.

Step 3

Bake the clay according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4

While you’re waiting for the clay to cool, cut the paper to the same size as the coaster base. Then cut it into random-sized shapes, changing the direction of your cuts.

Step 5

Trim the pieces of paper by about 1/8-inch. This will leave small spaces between them on the base to simulate grouting.

Step 6

Brush the cooled base with decoupage medium. Allow it to dry slightly to a tacky feel.

Step 7

Lay the paper pieces on the base and press them firmly to eliminate air bubbles.

Step 8

Brush the surface with at least two layers of decoupage medium, allowing it to dry thoroughly in between.

Step 9

When the coaster is completely dry, spray it with the sealer to protect it.

Step up to Tiles

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap plywood
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Tile adhesive
  • Rubber gloves
  • Grout
  • Sponge
  • Felt

Step 1

Sand the plywood to remove rough edges. Paint the sides of the coaster base.

Step 2

Lay out the tiles until you are pleased with the design.

Tip

  • If you need to make some tiles smaller, use tile nippers to cut them. Be sure to wear safety glasses when breaking them up.

Step 3

Apply adhesive to the base. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if you also need to apply it to the tiles.

Step 4

Set the tiles in place, with 1/8- to 1/4-inch between them, and press them firmly. Allow the adhesive to set overnight.

Step 5

Mix the grout according to the package directions. Don your gloves and spread the mixture across the entire surface, pushing the grout into the spaces between tiles with your fingers. Wipe away the excess.

Step 6

Allow the grout to set overnight before wiping the coaster with a damp sponge to remove the lingering film.

Step 7

Glue the felt to the bottom of the coaster to protect your furniture.

Tip

  • To further protect your coasters, you may want to brush them with tile sealer.

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