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I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Hi Guys! Today is a super fun day for East Coast Creative! I’m sharing 12 Make-It-Yourself Holiday Gift Ideas with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan on Live! with Kelly & Michael.  Hopefully, you can watch the segment (9am EST), but even if you can’t, this is your lucky day… I’m sharing all 12 project tutorials so that you can give some fabulous handmade gifts that your friends and family will love! You can check out the other 11 projects HERE, but let’s get started on these Make-It-Yourself Tile Coasters!

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Have you ever seen plain white bathroom tile look so good!  I love this gift idea because A) It’s inexpensive B) You can customize them for any style and C) They’re easy & fun to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make a set of 3 coasters:

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Materials: 4×4 square tiles (3) | Scrapbook Paper | E6000 Adhesive | Scissors | ModPodge (satin) | Liquid Gilding |  Adhesive Felt | I picked up all of my materials at Lowe’s and JoAnn Fabrics– two of my go-to stores!

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Step 1: Place a tile onto the back of your scrapbook paper and trace around it.

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Use scissors to cut the scrapbook paper on the traced lines.

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Step 2: Apply a thin coat of E6000 adhesive on the front side of the tile- make sure to get it all the way to the edges.

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Step 3: Place the scrapbook paper onto the front of the tile.

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Press firmly and make sure to seal the edges.

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Step 4: Cut a square of adhesive backed felt slightly smaller than the tile

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Peel the backing off

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and place it on the backside of the tile.  This will prevent the tile from scratching any surfaces and magically transform it from tile to coaster!

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Step 5: Paint a thin coat of satin ModPodge onto the scrapbook paper.  This step will make the coasters waterproof.

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If you’re a modpodge rookie, don’t panic when it goes on white.  It will dry completely transparent!

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Step 6: After the ModPodge is fully dry, paint the edges of the tile with liquid gilding.  This stuff is pure gold (pun intended, but really it is)! It’s like a paint, but gives an authentic metallic gold finish- it’s far more impressive than just paint.

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Once the edges are dry, your tiles are done! Wrap them up and you’ve got yourself a totally customizable make-it-yourself gift to give this holiday season!

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Make sure you check out the other 11 Make-It-Yourself gift ideas I’m sharing today!

Click HERE to see them all!

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

-Mon

The comments +

  1. Tiffany says:

    The liquid guilding is impressive!

  2. Palma says:

    I made coasters over the summer and found that the mod podge becomes sticky and left rings on the coasters from the glasses. I used the matte finish. Do you find that happens with the ones you made? Does the finish of the mod podge make a difference? I want to try making more but am afraid I’ll have the same outcome. Any advice?

    • Monica says:

      Hey Palma!
      They make so many different kinds of ModPodge now- the one I recommend is specially designed for ceramics etc… that way you can wipe it off and it shouldn’t leave any residue! 🙂 Thanks!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Palma, I’d definitely recommend coating the coaster with some Mod Podge to seal everything in and make sure nothing is sticky. Let that dry completely before you use them!

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