Handstamped Tile Coasters By Candy McSween
Turning a home-improvement store tile into a beautiful coaster is an easy project that makes a great gift as well. They can be stamped in a variety of ways to coordinate with any décor.
- 4 inch Tumbled Tiles (from your local home improvement store)
- StazOn Solvent Ink (in black)
- Decorative chalks
- Chalking tool (or cotton swabs)
- Acrylic Stamps (I used these CTMH stamps – No Peeking, Rustic Flowers, Alfresco)
- Acrylic Block for stamping
- Facial Tissues for blending chalk
- Aerosol Hairspray (the cheap kind)
- Silicon or felt "bumpers" for the bottom of your coasters
- Prep your tiles by wiping them with a damp paper towel to remove any manufacturing dust. Allow to dry thoroughly.
- Ink your stamps thoroughly with StazOn. Stamp image on your tile. Be very careful as you stamp as the surface may be slippery and your stamped image might smear. ** Hint: Inking your acrylic stamp with VersaMark ink first may lesson the staining of your stamps.
- Allow the ink to dry. Use the chalks to color in any areas you desire. Layer the chalk until you achieve the look you prefer. Use a tissue to blend chalks to your liking.
- Spray the tile lightly with the hairspray. You want to seal the chalks, but still allow for some moisture absorption. Allow to dry.
- When dry, attach the bumpers to the bottom of your coasters to prevent scratching of your tables.
There are some variations to making these. You can use colored permanent markers (i.e. Sharpies) to color your stamped image. You can also use dye based ink pads to stamp your images, then bake the tiles in your oven to heat set the inks (350° for approximately 30-45 minutes). Another way to personalize the tiles is to add a photo to them. You will need to seal the photo with a sealant (such as Mod Podge). Keep in mind that the stronger the seal over the coaster, the less absorbent the tile will be. And finally, you can use larger tumbled tiles to make coordinating trivets or decorative plates.
These coasters are so easy and inexpensive to make, you’ll want to experiment with different colors and styles. Use your imagination and have fun with this impressive craft.
Where do you get the chalks to color with.
Hey Barbara! I used chalks similar to these. http://amzn.to/2xp0V6j
Thank you that helps.
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Thanks for replying! It was only about maybe 2 – 3 weeks after my friend bought it from me. It was a Christmas gift for her husband. I was devastated! After selling it to her and then to have that happen. Since then, I've experimented myself with the tiles I have and, low and behold, the design came off! I wonder how many others that I sold to have had it happen!
I wish they made a tile that was water absorbant! I asked at Lowe's and they don't. So, you use the tiles that have no coating on them. Is it the ones with the holes in it, like shown on this website? I started out using them and found myself correcting more then just stamping. I'll have to experiment with that kind. I guess you have to put up with the holes rather then losing the picture!!
How long had the coasters/hot pads been used when it was brought to your attention? I'm stunned that it was completely worn off.
I have coasters that have been heavily used/abused for years and are still beautiful. My only thought at this point is maybe it is the type of tiles you are using? I am very careful to use only unsealed tumble tiles – otherwise, the design wouldn't stay.
I'm sorry it isn't working for you. 🙁
Hi there, everyone! I am having the same problem as Ellen! I was selling coaster and Hot pad tiles for different holidays, etc. But someone came to me with one that had worn completely off! I have tried several ways, i.e. baking, spraying with silicone spray and hairspray and nothing at all! Everything I do seems to come off after a time!! I use Stayzon ink and chalk colors, sharpies, colored pencils and it still comes off! Help me please!!!
Hi, I live in Bali where we do not have tubled tiles. what else can I use? Is it possible to use ordinary tile and sand them first on the top?
You can also bake the coasters @ 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. That will help seal them.
I have some little octagon pieces of wood, I plan on painting them in wood paints with the crests of different soccer teams and using them for coasters. Do you think they should be sealed with something after that, to preserve the painting. What would one use to seal a wooden coaster? I have looked online and cant seem to find any info. I thought of like clear paint but don’t know if that would mess up my artwork?
I love how these look. My husband and I are considering tiling a row of tiles to make a backsplash behind our kitchen counter. What I see out there is pretty expensive and I love the idea of doing it myself. Someone here said they’ve had coasters for years. Would this technique work on something like a backsplash? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Have you tested a stamped tile that has no chalk? Should we still use hairspray? I was using Valspar indoor/outdoor sealer with stazon ink however it is coming off. I’m going to test but thought I would ask what your experience has been as it appears from your directions that you use hair spray only on the chalk. Has the other areas remained in good condition?
Thanks for sharing your expertise, after reading this entry i have become obsessed with altering coaster. Thank you for inspiring me!
I haven’t tested a tile with no chalk. My coasters are years old and are used daily and the Stazon and chalk are holding up fine. I would try it without sealing – it may be that the sealant is reacting with the solvent ink in Stazon, resulting in the Stazon coming off. 🙂
Let me know what happens!
I have always wanted to make these coasters thx for the tutorial. You did a wonderful job on all of yours.
Thanks Janet! 🙂 All those flower coasters were gifts for my children’s teachers.
Just took your VC Class. Thanks for the link to your blog. WOW, you have stamped a serious number of coasters!
Good job. Love the ideas!