May 11, 2011

Picture Personalized Coasters

I keep a file on my computer of homemade gift ideas. Awhile back I came across these cuties on Chameleon Girls

I've been waiting for the perfect occasion and I found it. I thought they'd be a perfect thank you to my wonderful father and his wife for having us to Cali and graciously providing a family vacation. 

At Lowe's I decided on these gorgeous glass tiles.

I love the inspiration tissue paper but wanted a more personalized look and something to fit their aesthetic.
In the end I had my Pops send me a few of their favorite photos. I converted them to pdf and cropped them down to 4x4in. 
Then the tricky part- you want to print them on tissue paper so they will be very thin and look more a part of the tile. I taped tissue paper to a regular 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and stuck it in the printer that way.

Cut them down to size and then modge podge them onto the tile. You don't want to apply modge podge to the back of the tissue, only to the tile. Wait to out it on the tile until
the tile looks dry and feels tacky.
Lay the tissue paper where you want it, then put a piece of wax paper on top and then rub out any bubbles. (I didn't really have many.)
After 15-20 minutes you can apply the second coat of modge podge.

When everything is thoroughly dry, I waited overnight, you can lacquer the tiles. You don't want to skip this step if you're planning on using the coasters because they aren't waterproof without it.
I used light grey felt on the bottom of mine- but you could use cork if you wanted to.

 I love being able to give a personalized gift-
and it's especially perfect for those people who are able to purchase the things they need/want!

Thanks for swinging by!

- Becca -
Cherished Treasures”=

Partying here this week and more specifically here and here.


  1. thats a great idea and they came out looking lovely. i love me some mod podge1 i just did a table with it a couple weekends ago

  2. That's a great idea. Does the tissue paper get stuck in the printer ever? I have to try this. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  3. As the recepient of the gift, I can say they turned out awesome. Actually almost too cute to put wet glasses on! We have them on display like small photos!! Thanks Bec!!! -Sue/Dad xxoxo

  4. Such a cool personalized project! I also like the felt idea better than the ole cork :)

    Delighted Momma

  5. Loads of comments got deleted when blogger went down this week- but thanks so much for all the interest in this project!

  6. GREAT idea! I've been meaning to try these for a while. I think I'm going to make a set for my inlaw's anniversary this year. Thanks so much for sharing the HOW-TOs!

  7. These are super cool. The personalized pictures would be a perfect gift! Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn

  8. what a cute idea! and a definite way to personalize your home or create gifts for others. have never tried modge podge, but after reading so much about it on soooo many blogs, i'm going to give it a whirl! following you now. stop by sometime and say hi:) andiejaye @

  9. love those! just added those to my "to-do" list!

  10. Great idea! I need to remember this at Christmas. (came over from TipJunkie)

  11. so im like in love with your blog!!! stinkin cute

  12. That is such a cute and personal idea! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing this as well! :)
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  13. Beautiful! I'm very impressed with how professional they look.

  14. those picture coasters are beautiful! love the idea.

    im a new follower!

  15. Beautiful! Love the temple picture. :) (Came over from Sugar Bee Crafts) New follower. :)

    Just started my own link up party over at

    Would love to have you link up. A giveaway is involved. :)


  16. I love the idea, Thanks. I have tried something similar with mini tiles with magnets on the back. Now I'll try the big glass ones which I never knew they had.

  17. These are so sweet! They would make perfect hostess gifts too!

  18. Your coasters are great, love how you used pictures rather than just scrapbook paper! Thanks for linking up, this is one I'll be making very soon!

  19. Beautiful coasters! What a neat idea!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  20. So I am CRAZY about your blog! So many cool ideas! tfs and I would love to "follow" but cant find the link? thanks!

  21. Love this idea! They are really cute!

  22. These are just too cute! What a great gift idea!

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  24. This is a wonderful idea. What do you use for a lacquer? Lou


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