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MavenTV: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

February 16, 2009


With the help of some 4″ square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.

To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:

  • 4-4″ square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
  • Mod Podge (I used the Matte-Mat)
  • small paint brush
  • polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
  • decorative paper napkins
  • Squares of thin cork or felt, both available at your local craft store
  • Water-proof glue, like E-6000
  • A foam or stiff bristle brush to apply the water-proof glue

Check out the video below to see how they’re made or follow this jump to read the how-to.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. trishia permalink
    February 19, 2009 8:01 am

    thank you for the quick reply! I will play around with it this spring and see what we can do- I’ll share results with ya.

  2. trishia permalink
    February 18, 2009 8:20 pm

    posting again to subscribe to the follow up comments (sorry!)

  3. trishia permalink
    February 18, 2009 8:20 pm

    just thinking aloud here… but couldn’t you use these as tiles to decorate your home as well? like for a back splash for the sink???

    • diymaven permalink*
      February 19, 2009 7:50 am

      I don’t think so. The polyurethane finish isn’t durable enough to go up against grout application and wet sponging, not to mention the abuse they might be subjected to in that working environment. However, using UN-sanded grout and a marine varnish….maybe!


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