I frequently walk through my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, hunting for unusual or discounted supplies to use for DIYs. When I spotted these hexagon tiles (for 10 cents each!), I picked up a bunch for coasters. I've been intending to make tile coasters for a while (not my original idea, I admit), and for 10 cents, I could make lots of sets. These would make a wonderful hostess gift, simply painted according to someone's colors or style!
The supply list is basic:
- acrylic paint (after trial and error, I decided to just use black for this set)
- paint brushes
- Elmer's glue
- painters tape (if you want straight lines - I didn't use it)
- pencil (optional, for tracing designs onto tile pre-paint)
- clear spray finish (matte)
Follow these simple steps:
1 // Wash and thoroughly dry tiles
2 // Trace shape of tile on felt, then cut out, slightly inside the lines
3 // Cover felt with Elmer's glue and attach to bottom side of tile (this will prevent your tiles from scratching surfaces)
4 // Tape out/pencil in/free hand your designs and then go crazy with the paint
5 // After first coat dries thoroughly, paint second coast if necessary
6 // After paint is thoroughly dry (check dry time on bottle), take outside and cover with clear spray finish (you can apply 2-3 light coats)
7 // Allow coasters to dry for at least 24 hrs, then use next time you have company, or gift them to someone you love!
For my designs, I decided to just use black paint to keep the set unified and a bit sophisticated. I had so much fun thinking up (and experimenting with) the 4 different patterns. If you're like me and aren't an artist, stick to basic patterns and shapes...not-so-straight lines, little triangles, teardrops, or just good old color blocking!