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While cleaning out the porch, I found this puzzle I've had for years. Some of the pieces were missing and the tray it's meant to be put together on was damaged, but I liked the design so I saved the tiles that were left to re-purpose them. I've finally decided to make them into coasters.

The instructional images are drawn in Microsoft Paint, which I realize isn't very professional. I haven't been on here in a while, so I didn't think to make this tutorial until I was almost done with the project.

I don't know if I'll be doing this again any time soon, so if any of you try this and would be willing to let me use your photos, that would be appreciated. I'll at least get some nicer illustrations up eventually.

Materials:

  • Wooden tiles, the ones from the puzzle were 3 1/2 cm squares. I used 4 for each coaster to make a 7 cm (about 2 3/4 inches) square.
  • Paper, anything you have lying around will be fine.
  • Glue, I used both an Elmer's extra-strength glue stick and Tacky Glue.
  • Felt
  • Contact paper or shellac
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrush (and another, larger paintbrush if using shellac)
  • X-acto knife (or scissors, Cricut, etc.)
  • Cutting surface

Step 1: Arrange and Glue the Tiles

Decide how you want the coasters to look, and glue the tiles onto the paper. I used the glue stick for this.

After that dries, bend the paper to put liquid glue between the tiles so they will be stiffly stuck together. Wipe off any excess glue that leaks onto the top. Let dry completely.

Step 2: Finishing

Get the exact measurements of the coasters and cut a felt square for the bottom of each one. Cover the bottom of the coaster with glue (I used the glue stick) and apply the felt. Make sure it gets stuck on well!

You can paint the edges of the coasters at this point as well. Wipe off any paint that gets on the top.

Finally, cut a piece of contact paper to fit perfectly over the top of each coaster and rub it on well, or coat the tops with shellac.

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