My mother always complains that she doesn’t have enough pictures of the kids. So one Mother’s Day I decided to change all of that.
These are coasters that I made for my mother about a year ago, and I think they turned out great! When the glass is on the coaster, and the condensation drips down, it does not mess up the picture AT ALL. What a neat way to capture memories and yet be functional at the same time. Did I mention they were so CHEAP to make!? Here’s what I did.
Buy tiles of your choice at your local home improvement store. I chose white tiles because the pictures had a white border, and no one would notice if I messed up!!
Plus it looks more like a polaroid which I think is cool. I have even seen people write the date or the event at the bottom of the tile, but I have heard mixed reviews about doing this so I decided to leave it off. I bought 1 dozen tiles at Home Depot for $0.50 each, a total of $6.00. I only made 10 coasters, but I wanted a few extra for practice.
Choose your photos and print them out at CVS using their fantastic photo center.
I LVE the photo options at CVS. You don’t have to have the photos on a disk, nor do they even have to be your own photos. You can print photos from your Facebook that you have uploaded or have been tagged in, and you can print out photos from your friend’s Facebook pages. And now CVS has an app where you can upload your pics from the comfort of your own home and pick them up the same day in the store. This saves so much time. This is the link to the CVS Photo Shop .
I printed out 4 x 6 prints, which were $0.19 each; and since they were so cheap, I opted for double prints. In case I made a mistake, I had the assurance of a backup picture. So for less than $4.00 I had twenty pictures printed in excellent quality.
Total So Far: $10.00
Cut photos and prearrange on tile before you start spraying clear adhesive spray. After I do a practice, dry run with the photos and the tiles, I set the photos aside and begin spraying each tile with Mod Podge.
I bought my spray at Michael’s for about $7.00; I used Mod Podge Matte Acrylic Sealer. I use matte because the glossy spray makes it hard to see the photos. Spray each tile and then place the picture down on the tile where you want it. You have a few seconds of wiggle room before the picture sticks. Allow for pictures to adhere and spray to dry. I usually wait at least 30 minutes.
Re-spray the tiles and photos again. This seals the picture from the outside and prevents water stains on your picture. Allow to dry, and you are finished!
The total cost of this project is $17.00, and you can use the Mod Podge Spray for many more projects. This is such a winner. Every time my mother has guests over, people comment about how much they like the coasters, and she gets to show off her beautiful family. Personalized, functional, cheap. This makes for the perfect mother’s day gift!