Turn your favorite comics into coasters! I wanted to add something up-beat that would get people to smile to my living room without going overboard and coming off as tacky or cheesy, so I came up with this. This project looks great and is super easy and low-cost, so there is no reason not to try it out!
Step 1: Getting supplies
To start, you just need to choose the comic(s) you want to use. You can get them from a comic book, newspaper, or print them from the internet. I chose to print mine from the internet.
Also, you need to get 1 ceramic tile for each coaster you want to make. I used 4.25" tiles I got for 16 cents each at my local hardware store.
Step 2: Cutting
Next, trim the comic(s) so they fit on the ceramic tile(s) you have ready. Since my tile was 4.25" wide, I cut my comic to be 4" wide.
Step 3: Mod Podge
Next, use a foam brush to brush a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile. I used glossy because I wanted mine to have a shiny finish.
While the Mod Podge is still wet, place your comic where you want it to be and let dry. Make sure to rub over the top of your whole comic to get any bubbles or creases out.
Step 4: Finishing layer
Once your Mod Podge is dry and your comic is secure, paint over the top of your whole tile (and comic) with another layer of Mod Podge. The Mod Podge may make it look creamy for a minute, but it will dry clear. Make sure your brush strokes go the same direction so it looks better when it dries.
Step 5: Back
Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, turn the tile over and stick on felt pads (which can also be purchased at the hardware store) on each corner. This will protect your table from the ceramic of the tile when you use your coaster. Cork pads would work as well.
Step 6: Finished product
That's it! Super easy, and at 16 cents a coaster you can't beat the price.