Tile Coaster Kids Craft

I definitely didn’t invent the idea of creating coasters out of ceramic tiles – there are all kinds of (awesome) tile coaster projects on Pinterest and craft blogs. For good reason – tile coasters are a cheap, easy project and there are endless ways to make them  – you can decoupage paper or fabric, paint, draw with markers, or even make photograph tile coasters. Tile coasters are a useful craft, and they make great housewarming or hostess gifts.

We’ve had a box of extra bathroom tiles sitting in our shed since, oh…when we bought our house 9 years ago, and I thought a set of these coasters would make a great gift for my mom, whose birthday was last week. Although I was dying to decoupage some of my favorite fabric scraps on a set of tile coasters (and will soon,) I wanted to incorporate my girls in making this set.

I could have simply handed them the craft paints and had them go to town, but we’ve already employed that technique on flower pots and canvases that were given to my parents as gifts, so I wanted something different.

Even though I’m not a scrapbooker, I love scrapbook paper, and I had recently picked up a pretty package from Target’s Dollar Spot. After brainstorming a bit, I decided to have the girls draw little pictures to decoupage over the scrapbook paper, essentially making it a border. That turned out to be a great idea since they both wanted to ditch their first few drawings – and it’s much easier to provide a new piece of paper than to wash craft paint off a frustrated preschooler’s sabotaged creation (been there).

So that’s what we did. I applied a few coats of Modge Podge over the scrapbook paper, let it dry, and then did the same thing over the drawings. I lightly sanded between coats to smooth the texture a bit, and used tacky glue to adhere felt hearts on the bottom of the coasters so they’ll slide easily and won’t scratch surfaces.

Even though they’ve already been gifted, as soon as I can find my red Sharpie I’m going to write the girls names and the year on the back :)

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On an unrelated note, I wanted to give a shout-out (and thanks) to MeloMomma, who chose Secondhand Fancy as her Monday Blog Spotlight this week!

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