Photo Coasters and Placemats (edited With Directions)




I made these coasters and placemats for my boyfriend's birthday. I meant to take pictures along the way, but didn't.
I used my photos, Kaiser Craft wood coaster and placemat bases, modge podge, scrapbook paper, felt backing, sticker lettering, and spray varnish.
I don't think they require a complete "instructable", as the project is very simple and elementary.
Here are the basic directions:
1) Gather materials listed above
3) Cut Felt to fit the backs of the wood pieces, just a little smaller than the wood
2) Adhere the felt backing to the wood pieces using spray glue
3) Cut the colored paper to fit the wood pieces (you can leave the corners, and sand off once you have glued and let dry)
4) paint a thin layer of modge podge on the wood piece and one the colored paper - stick together -repeat for each color set
5) Once dry, paint thin layer of modge podge on the back of the photo, and on the center of the colored paper - stick together - repeat for each set
6) When completely dry - apply layers of modge podge over the top of the photo and paper. Make sure the texture is what you want as modge podge will show streaks and bumps - DRY BETWEEN LAYERS - I put 4 or five layers on
7) Let dry for at least a day. Spray varnish on the set, following the directions on the can. I put a few layers on (drying in between of course) (this helps get rid of the tacky/sticky feelign that modge podge has)
If you have questions, please let me know.

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    4 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    So simple I could visualize each step perfectly - except for one thing. Were these actual photo prints, or did you print them from your computer (and if so, did you use laser or ink-jet)?

    1 reply

    I meant to mention a couple of things:

    1. To minimize brush strokes in Mod Podge, use a foam brush and apply alternate coats in opposite directions (horizontal, then vertical or vice versa).

    2. Use a brayer to get the best contact between the colored paper and base, and between the photo and the colored paper.

    3. Wait at least 72 hours before applying the acrylic lacquer to seal the coasters. You will not get a good waterproof seal (very necessary with coasters!) if the Mod Podge is not COMPLETELY dry.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It is a simple project but I find it always helpful to see the steps.  It would be great to see a full instructable.  Thanks, though, I think I will make these!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    neat idea, but you need to do the steps involved for it to make sense. I make these and would like to know more about how you made them.....