Sunday, December 16, 2007

Altered Christmas Coasters

These fun tiles are easy to create and make great gifts! They are easily adaptable too, just change out the napkin to a different season or theme and you're good to go!

Supplies needed:
  • Four 4” x 4” tumbled stone tiles (why? because they are more forgiving than smooth tiles)
  • One to two decorative napkins (approximately 5” x 5” folded)
  • Decoupage
  • Flat paintbrush
  • Toothpicks or shot glasses
  • Spray Sealer (like Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear)
  • Felt or Crafters Foam (for bottom of tiles)
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Craft mat
  • Bone Folder
  • Wet paper towel


1. Cut one decorative napkin into four different sections.

  • In the corner on one of mine, the words “all rights reserved” were printed so I cut another section out of an extra napkin.
  • If you want, you can trim the napkin down so it fits the face of your tile plus ¼” extra on each of the four sides.

2. Coat top of tile and sides with decoupage.

3. Gently lay one of your napkin pieces on top of the tile, centering it as best as you can.

  • Most likely you will not be able to pick up your napkin without ruining it so if you need to move it a bit, gently pull the edges in the direction you want the napkin to go.

4. Once the napkin is where you want it, use your fingers to smooth it out on the top of the tile and around the edges.

5. Carefully pick tile up. Use your wet paper towel to clean up your work surface if you need to.

6. Apply another layer of decoupage to the top and sides of the napkin.

  • You can leave the excess hanging from the tile (if you chose not to trim the napkin) and cut it off later - this is what I did. Or-
  • You can add some decoupage to the underside of the tile and then press the napkin down using more decoupage. If you add the decoupage to the underside, make sure you set the tile something like a shot glass to make sure it doesn’t glue itself to the surface it is drying on.

7. Set tiles on toothpicks (or shot glass) to dry.

  • You might need to go back and press the sides of your napkin down if they’ve flipped up.
  • I like to set projects that need to dry on an old cookie sheet so I can move them to a different location and not take up space on my workstation.

8. Wait about an hour for your project to dry… wait longer if you still see the decoupage.

9. Trim excess napkin away from tile if you need to. Hold the tile on its side and use a craft knife to cut the unwanted portions away.

10. Add a second coat of decoupage to top and sides of tile (and underneath if you went that route). 11. Let dry for about an hour or until no decoupage is visible.

12. Take tiles outside and spray with a sealer. Use one or two coats, follow directions on container. Let dry again.

13. Cut felt pieces (which is what I used) or craft foam to fit on the backside of your tile… you don’t want to scratch up any tables. Glue felt or foam to back of tile using decoupage, use a bone folder to press to the back of the tile. Let dry.

  • I cut my felt a bit bigger and rounded the corners with scissors to cover as much of the surface as possible. You could easily just cut the pieces smaller and skip the rounding part if you wanted to.
  • I use a bone folder to press the felt down because I’ve been known to get carried away in the decoupage department and I’d rather the glue get on the bone folder than my fingers.

14. Ta! Da! You are done! Wait at least 24 hours before you stack them up and wrap them pretty with ribbon!

Have a wonderful week!


{Susan...Seriously.} said...

cool idea...have a great week, too!

Greta said...

very cool idea...i stamped mine with staz on and them colored my image in with the SU markers and put in the oven for a bit and VOILA!!

the napkin will be my next venture...that was way cool!!

Craft Gal said...

I love this idea and think it is very doable with the kids. I will be posting this interesting find on my blog: if you don't mind. Thanks.

GiftGuru said...

Hey me again! Just wanted to share some great posts I came across:

Christmas Napkins

How to Set the Perfect Christmas Dinner Table

Christmas Cocktail Pearl Cocktail Napkins

I am not associated with any of these people, I just thought they could be helpful for ideas on Christmas crafting.

budletsmom said...

Thanks again for a cute idea. Wish I had seen this before Christmas. I tried stamping on the smooth ceramic ones and well didn't have any luck. I guess I will have to try this method. These are really cute. Now I just have to get some of the non-smooth tiles. Thanks again