DIY Photo Coasters {tutorial}

It’s Monday! I’m ready for a super productive week, how about you?

I have been busy working on DIY Christmas gifts for our family and making new Christmas decor for our home. I wanted to share an easy and frugal gift idea with you today. This project cost me under $2 and took me an afternoon nap time to make (while switching laundry during dry time). I guarantee it will be a favorite gift to anyone who receives it.

Let’s get started…

DIY Photo Coasters

 

{Supplies}

-sponge brush
-scissors
-sanding block or paper
-pencil
-pack of coasters (got mine at the dollar store)
-Mod Podge
-4×6 photos
-clear satin spray paint (not pictured)

{How To}

1. Trace your coasters on the backs of each photo and cut out the photos.

2. Using your sponge brush, paint the coasters with Mod Podge and press the photos on top. Smooth them out carefully to remove any air bubbles and let dry.

3. Once dry, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of the photos. Let dry and repeat, painting the Mod Podge in the opposite direction (first time paint horizontal and second time paint vertical). In between the coats of Mod Podge, I used my sanding block to gently sand down any of the photos that hung off the edges of the coasters.

Make sure each coat is dry before applying a new one. This prevents air bubbles.
**Updated: Seal your photos with a coat of clear satin spray paint. This helps with condensation from your glass on a hot day.**

I obviously made this set of coasters for our own family. I just love the way the turned out with our new family photos courtesy of Joy Photography.

Now all you have to do is stack up your Photo Coasters and tie a piece of ribbon around it and call it a gift!

We love ours and have been using them for our hot coco mugs : )

If you decide to make these, I would love to hear about them and see them! Leave a link or email me photos.

Thanks friends!

Have a great week!

By the way, I am sponsoring a giveaway over at one of my favorite blogs! Visit Southern Lovely to enter to win one of my Vintage Rose Rings!  {Closes 12/10/11}

 

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Comments

  1. I sure love this idea! So adorable! Thanks for sharing, I have always wondered how to make these!

  2. Cute! I see a gift for the grandparents…

  3. These are so awesome! I’ve been looking for a fun personalized gift idea and these are perfect! Thanks for sharing. :)

    P.S. I got my Rose ring and I love it!! I’m gonna show it off on my blog when I get a chance. Have a great day!

  4. Those are awesome! They would make a great gift for lots on my list! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Seriously LOVE this idea- and I still can’t get over how awesome those pictures are! What a great use and gift!

  6. Beutiful pictures and I am in love with the coaster idea! Especially for a gift! TFS!

  7. How nice! They look so professional! You must get compliments whenever anyone uses them!

  8. I’ll need to visit a dollar store!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Please help!!! After letting 1 coat of modge podge dry overnight you can see all of the lines on the photo..yours don’t look like that. What am I doing wrong??

  10. What a wonderful tutorial!! I love a bit of decoupage myself and this is perfect for a personalised gift! I will definitely be having a go myself :-)

    Emily
    emilysummers-designer.blogspot.com

  11. How do these work with glasses with ice/condensation/water drippage?

  12. @Amber When I made these,
    they didn’t stand up to the
    condensation from the glass so I
    ended putting a couple of layers
    of clear acrylic sealer on top.

  13. How did the acrylic sealer work out? All better? I’m thinking I need to make these, but don’t want them to ripple!

  14. I love this idea! I’m defiantly going to give them a go! :) Thanks so much!

  15. I love this idea! I’m defiantly going to give them a go! :) Thanks so much!

  16. I’m new to Mod Podge and plan to have this be my very first project! Thanks for a great tutorial! :D

  17. really cute!!!

  18. Which way did you face your picture? With the picture up or with it turned facedown on the coaster?

  19. I just stumbled across this tutorial and love it! I think I’m going to make them for my aunts and uncles using old photos from when they were growing up.

  20. I made some tonite! 42 of them for a wedding dinner! They turned out amazing! Thx for the idea!

  21. I’ve seen other sites where people have said that modge podge runs the ink on pictures and instead suggested to use a laser printer for the photos on regular paper. Has anyone that has made these run into similar problems?

  22. My friends and I went on “photo-walk” and I’m using some of the pictures we took that day to make Christmas gifts for them. Love how professional they look, thank you!

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  24. I am making these for my grandmoms with all their grand and great grandkids on them…I’m sure they’ll love them! I’ll let you know how it goes. Thank you so much for posting this! It’s so refreshing to have a new idea for Christmas.

  25. Just discovered this little kept secret! Thanks so much can’t wait to try! ~ A.C.

  26. Will this work with pictures not printed on photo paper?

  27. Have you tried yet? I’m wondering the same

  28. Hey! I blog about tips for displaying printed instagram photos. I often look around to find cool and different ways to display photos so I can blog about it. The ideas that you have got here are awesome, thank you for sharing and thank you for the inspiration!
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  29. I tried this myself with pictures printed at target. the pictures aren’t staying on. Help!!

  30. the mod podge made the ink run? Any ideas as these are going to be Christmas gifts. I love how yours turned out. Thanks.
    Marilyn

    • MinefortheMaking says:

      Are you using regular copy paper with your photos or photo paper Marilyn?

      • I used regular paper. Will it not run on photo paper? I’ll try photo paper, thought maybe it was the printer putting too much ink on the copy. Thanks.
        Marilyn

        • MinefortheMaking says:

          Ive done it with both and didnt have a problem with ink running. I most recently did it with photo paper and it worked great! Good luck!

  31. Do you use the acrylic over the two final coats of modpodge, or is it used instead of modpodge?

  32. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve made several sets of these for family members. I used wooden coasters and real photos (from snapfish, Walgreens, etc.) rather than paper and all of them turned out great! All of the family members that I gifted them to really love them; my grandmother actually thought they were too pretty to use (even though I used a few coats of sealant spray) and instead hung them on her wall. My inlaws use theirs and condensation hasn’t hurt them at all since they’ve been sealed with the spray. This is definitely one of my favorite things to make/gift!

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