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DIY Photo Coasters!!

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.

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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.

I emailed my trusty sidekicks, Erin and Elizabeth, and decided on the project. I used a 50% off coupon at Michael’s, and this is easily the cheapest project I’ve ever done.


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)
  • Straw
  • Felt mounting circles

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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.


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Final, hardened resin coated photo coasters!

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.

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  • erin vancura - I seriously love these! And I’m totally going to make them!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - this is fabulous! i’ve pinned these coasters before too, but props to you for actually making them! it makes me want to try them for real too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Quiddity - Lesson I’m learning right now … make sure your photos are really, really down and secured and dried and STUCK because once that resin goes on, it’ll get under edges. Good thing I got two copies of all of the pictures. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Sara Elizabeth - Quiddity – you are so right!

      It is good to have duplicates the first go around, because there are a ton of lessons to be learned!ReplyCancel