Homemade gift for dad

A while ago I saw this pin on making some picture coasters from photos and tiles and I’ve been dying to give it a go.

With Jon’s birthday coming up I knew the perfect gift for him from his little Peanut.

The only problem is that I didn’t get pictures printed and decided to use my own printer.  And then I wasn’t sure about what photos to put on.  And I wanted something more.  So I made these instead.

I knew that I wanted to put Peanut’s hands and feet on the coasters and I knew that I wanted a couple of pictures, but I didn’t get mine printed with the “right” ink.  Instead I used my own printer and just Mod Podged them to these 16 cent tiles.  Then, since the tiles looked like they would scratch the table, I added the felt chair thingies (the ones that stop your chairs from scratching your hardwood floors) and voila!

But let’s rewind for a minute.

Because getting a toddler to participate in being hand and foot-printed is nearly impossible.

Any who, once the prints were done and dry, I got started on the tiles.  I cut the pictures into 4.25 squares to match the tiles and used a make up sponge (I have no idea where my Mod Podge sponges are…and these were around) to put Mod Podge and glue the pictures to the tiles.

Once they were relatively solid, about 10-15 minutes, I used sand paper to round off the edges of the pictures to match the tiles and to even out any areas that didn’t match up to the tile.

3 or so coats of Mod Podge on top with about 20 minutes to dry in between and the tiles were almost done.

Don’t worry – these will dry clear and even have a little “glaze” to them.

Then I popped the felt circles to the bottom and I was all done.

The whole thing probably took me about an hour or two to do, with about 15-20 minutes of actively working on these and the rest of the time letting them dry and applying another coat of Mod Modge.  The cost was somewhere around 50 cents a piece because I own a photo printer and Mod Podge.

And now that these are finished and waiting to be used, I’m antsy to make another dozen or two for everyone I know.

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