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Thursday, October 20, 2011

{chalkboard coasters}

The holidays are quickly arriving, which means wonderful times with family and friends.  I love to come up with ways to make this time of year special, and I find that the simple touches are really the things that can make the biggest difference.

These DIY tile coasters are one of those simple touches. They are perfect for your holiday table or party, and since you can make them into a mini chalkboard, can act as placards for your guests. Using colors to match your Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas tables would be darling! Looking for a fun and different hostess gift?  Anyone would love to receive these, and they are so simple to make, you will love them too!

I made a few into chalkboard coasters, then a couple with scrapbook paper to make a super cute coordinating set. I'm going to show you how to do both, using only a few supplies that you can find at your local hardware and craft stores.

  • 4x4 tiles (you can buy these at any hardware store--I bought mine at Home Depot)
  • spray paint in desired colors
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • painters tape
  • felt circle pads

1. The first step is to spray paint the tiles with your color of choice.

2.  After the paint has dried completely, tape off the tiles that you want to be chalkboard coasters with painters tape--just right around the edges.  Lay them out on a tarp or large piece of foil (enough to account for overspray), and spray on the chalkboard paint.

3. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape. If the paint has bled a little under the tape, just take a piece of sandpaper and gently remove it.
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod podge & foam brush
  • finishing & sealing spray--moisture resistant
1. You are going to follow the same first step as the chalkboard coasters, and spray paint your tiles with desired color.  Let dry completely.

2.  Cut your scrapbook paper into 3.25x3.25 squares.  I distressed the edges of my paper using Distress Ink--vintage photo. Using the foam brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the tile, then lay your paper down in the center of the tile.  Add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper.  Let dry completely.

3.  When it's completely dry, spray the top of the tile with a finishing protective spray--I use a water resistant one by Krylon.  This will protect the scrapbook paper from any water spills or moisture.

The last step for both types of coasters is to add felt circle pads to the bottom of your tiles to prevent scratching of surfaces.

That's it, you're done!  SO, SO fun!


Blogger Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

How cute! I'm a new follower-love your inspiring blog.

October 20, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Kristy said...

These are just ADORABLE! What a great gift idea! TFS!

October 20, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Jill@Barnes Yard said...

Great gift! I'm thinking for my kids' teachers!

October 20, 2011 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

Kierste .... Amazing to me where you get all these remarkable ideas! I love watching the progress a project goes through!!
Do you also work with woods and metals? Like for instance .... furniture? Maybe you can give me a few tips? I am hopefully, going to scrape & repaint very-very old children's stools my dad bought us. These stools are 60+ years old! Yes. Dad bought them for $1.00each. Amazing huh.

Your site is fab. I am learning!

October 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Mary Vaca said...

Awesome project! Can't wait to do it! Two questions though: 1) Does the coaster remain pourous (absorbing condensation) even after you've sprayed it with the poly to keep the paper sealed? 2) Do glasses "stick" to the coaster because of the poly seal? (You know when you lift a glass and the coaster comes with it, then falls, then breaks... just curious.

October 20, 2011 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Just found your blog! Such cute things! You are now a favorite link! Thanks!

October 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


I haven't had either of those issues with the paper tiles I made and sprayed. The spray I use is tough, but light and non-sticky, so it worked well. Good luck, and have fun!


I do refinish furniture, and I love it! Those stools sound fabulous, and I'd love to pass on some tips. E-mail me at, and we'll talk!

October 21, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

what is the color name of the teal spray paint you used? I LOVE the color! You have so many amazing ideas! I absolutely love your blog! Thanks! Katie

October 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Ash Crafty said...

Does the chalk stay on the coaster even when a drink is put on it??

November 6, 2011 at 5:56 PM  

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