Mod Podge...I wish I would have found you sooner! Mod Podge is one of the coolest things ever! Who knew! I didn't. So I got it into my head to make some cool drink coasters. I found various tutorials on the internet for making them, but they were all slightly different, and most of them used scrapbook paper. I can't even remember all the different blogs I read regarding this, but here's what I did to make my coasters. Bear in mind that I was a Mod Podge virgin, so this is just how I did it and what worked for me.
- 4x4 ceramic tiles (I got mine at Lowes for .18 each, I got the plain white glossy tiles)
- jar of Mod Podge (I got the 8oz. jar of Glossy at Joann's for $4.99 minus a 40% off coupon. I know there is also a Mod Podge Fabric, but they didn't carry it)
- 1 sheet of colored felt (on sale for .25)
- fabric scraps, cut to 4"x4"
- paint brush
I used 4"x4" fabric scrap squares for this project. I know the tiles are 4x4, but when I actually measured them, they came out to be around 4-1/4", so if you cut the scraps to 4"x4", they will be the perfect size so that you will have a little bit of white border around the edges.
I started out by brushing a layer of Mod Podge on the actual ceramic tile, making sure to brush it all the way to the edges. Then, I immediately centered the fabric scrap on the tile. I pressed it down gently with my fingers, starting at the center and working my way to the edges. This will help smooth out any bubbles.
The first few tiles I made, I waited 20 minutes to brush a layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric, but I found that if you brush it on right away without waiting, it seemed to decrease the amount of bubbles that I had to deal with. Again, I'm new to this, but that's just what happened with me. Again, make sure you brush the Mod Podge all the way to the edges so it seals the fabric in. It helps to brush the sides vertically and the top and bottom horizontally, because this will keep the frays in check.
|Goldfish Bags and Tufted Tweets.|
Some of the tutorials I read instructed you to use 1 layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper/fabric, and others up to 6. I did 3 layers, waiting 20 minutes for it to dry in between each layer, and then I couldn't take the smell anymore, so I stopped. Three layers seems to be adequate. By the way, it looks white when you paint it on, but dries clear.
Also, a couple tutorials also mentioned spraying on an acrylic sealant when you're finished. This is because when the Mod Podge dries, it still feels sticky or tacky. However, if you wait about a month (or so I'm told), the Mod Podge will cure and you can avoid using the acrylic sealant. I'm really sensitive to sprays/air fresheners/candles/perfume, so I opted to wait the month. The fumes from the Mod Podge bothered me a little bit as it was. I suppose I could have done them outside, but I work on projects from around 9pm until midnight most nights, so I didn't want to be abducted or anything (this is Chicago, after all). I don't really need to use them right away.
|Alice and Wonderland for my daughter, and a Scooter|
I let the tiles dry overnight, and then cut out 4"x4" squares of the felt. I used super glue to glue the felt to the bottom of each tile.
|Mix tapes, and of course Superman for my son|
This was a super-fun project! I can't wait to explore more with Mod Podge. I only used about .75 cent's worth of Mod Podge on these, so my total expense was about $1.60. Cha-ching! My husband thought the tiles would make a really cool wall hanging if I made a ton of them and hung them individually. Or maybe a border in a small room, like a bathroom. The nice thing about them is that you can Mod Podge anything...covers from cd liner notes, post cards, scrapbook paper, anything. You can even sew some patchwork squares, press the seams open, and use them like that. The possibilities seem endless.
|The felt on the bottom of the coaster|