I pin a lot random things. And then I forget where I pin them. And then I get bored and sift through my pins and get inspired.
Tom’s brother is getting married next month, and as luck would have it, I needed a gift idea. She’s already had a shower, and we’ve given them a few things off their registry, so I wanted to come up with something personal. And then I saw a pin that completely inspired me.
DIY Photo Coasters – from Oopsey Daisy Blog
DIY Photo Coasters – Materials
- 4.25″x4.25″ ceramic tiles (Mine were .16 at Home Depot. .16!!)
- Photos (I ordered 4″x5″ photos and cut them down to by 4″x4″. I also used matte photos, because the resin is high gloss… and becauseiforgottochooseglossy.)
- Glue that will adhere to ceramics (I used E3000.)
- EnviroTex Lite Resin (easily available at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby)
- Felt mounting circles
DIY Photo Coasters – Directions
1. Glue your photos to the tiles. I put a piece of paper over the photo and the straight edge of a rule to make sure I didn’t cover the picture with fingerprints and make sure it adhered securely.
2. Mix resin mixture in a disposable container using a disposable mixer according to directions. (See my notes for details.) Pour a small amount on to the photo covered tile and spread. I used a flat cake spatula to scrape off excess. Move to an area without resin mixture to let set. Blow out air bubbles through a straw if needed. (I didn’t have too many.)
3. Let set. After 10 hours, mine were soft set and no longer sticky. I also moved them to another cleaner area to finish drying. After 24 hours, they were hard set. After 48 hours, I felt comfortable putting the felt mounts on them.
4. Seriously. That’s it. It’s one of the easiest projects EVER. They dry beautifully with a gorgeous glossy sheen.
DIY Photo Coasters – Notes:
- If I had more time, I would have done these again just to deal with the small imperfections that bugged me. I did learn a few things while doing this project:
- Use a glue that is ceramic friendly. E3000 is supposed to be, but it really didn’t affix the pictures as strongly as I hoped it would.
- Mix your resin in a disposable container with a disposable utensil. It’s really difficult to clean off things, and I pretty much got it everywhere. I managed to clean it off, but it required a lot more elbow grease than I wanted to use.
- Less is more when it comes to the resin. I would also use a disposable paintbrush to apply the resin. I think it would have gone on more evenly and smoothly with the paintbrush – and I wouldn’t have used as much. Or made quite as big of a mess.
- Make sure you transfer them to a clean surface to try. If you look closely at my pictures you can see I left them sitting in the excess resin, which led to difficulties when trying to loosen them from the surface.
DIY Photo Coasters – Gift Presentation Idea
- I wrapped mine in sets of 4 and tied them up with ribbon. (I made 10, lost 1 to sticking on the surface, and didn’t want to give the awkward number of 9.)
- I’m going to give them alongside a set of mugs the bride and groom registered for.
Pretty cute if I do say so myself.