How to Make Ceramic Tile Coasters

This tutorial is perfect for all ages since you start with ready-made plain tiles. What you need to bring to the table is some creativity and artistic vision.

Ceramic Tile Coasters
Ceramic Tile Coasters (Image: Sara Budisantoso )

Things You'll Need

  • Square ceramic tile (any color)
  • Wipes, paper towels or clean rags
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paint (any color)
  • Clear finish spray or mod podge
  • Sponge brush or paintbrush  (optional)
(Image: Sara Budisantoso)

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Step 1

To remove dust and debris, wash your tiles with wipes or wet rag, and then dry with a clean rag or paper towel. Be sure the titles are completely dry.

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Step 2

Trace and cut four felt circles for each ceramic tile about ½-inch in diameter. You need four felt circles for each ceramic tile giving you a total of 16 felt circles.

This is what will help protect tables and other surfaces from getting scratched by the tiles.

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Step 3

Glue felt circles to each corner of every tile.

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Step 4

With the eraser side of the pencil, dip into the acrylic paint and paint a design onto the ceramic tile. Let acrylic paint completely.

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  • You can use a stencil or freehand depending on your ability. A second coat of acrylic paint might be necessary depending on the design. Apply second coat after first coat has dried completely.

Step 5

In a well ventilated area, lightly spray your coasters with the clear finish. Two or three light coats will be plenty. Allow your coasters to dry for at least 24 hours.

(Image: Sara Budisantoso )


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