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How to: DIY Sharpie “Painted” Coasters

by on Aug 19, 2016

Photo: Kayla Domeyer


It’s day three of my whirlwind adventures in guest blogging here on Curbly. Today, it’s all in the details…of home decor, that is. Sometimes in DIY home accents, it isn’t about the big, striking pieces. Often, it’s the lovely, custom details that add up to make a space. Like these DIY coasters. They can be any color, and the watercolor effect is both elegant and whimsical.

Making a set of these takes less than an afternoon, and they would definitely make great gifts. Think of how sweet a matching set would be for a housewarming party, or a patio get together!



  • 4 – 6 ceramic tiles
  • Permanent alcohol based markers (I collect Sharpies in all colors)
  • Rubbing alcohol (90% or higher)
  • Paint brushes
  • White felt
  • Craft Glue
  • Accent paint for the edges
  • Dishwasher safe Mod Podge (I got mine on Amazon.)
You'll need Markers, ceramic tiles, rubbing alcohol, felt, and dishwasher safe Mod Podge.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer



Scribble some shapes on the ceramic tile.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Begin by cleaning your ceramic tiles thoroughly to make sure that there isn’t any dust or oils on the surface. Then, begin by scribbling some of the permanent marker on the shiny surface of the tile. Not all of the colors react the same to the rubbing alcohol in step two, so feel free to experiment with a couple of shades in the pallet you are hoping to achieve.



Use a soft brush dipped in the rubbing alcohol to create a painterly effect in the marker.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

After you’ve got your colors on the tile, use a soft bristled brush dipped in the rubbing alcohol to make a painterly effect on the tile. The rubbing alcohol dissolves the ink a bit, and can make a lot of really interesting effects. I just did a straight brush across, but you could try dripping the rubbing alcohol, or using different types of brushes. If you don’t like what you’ve made, just wash off the ink with more rubbing alcohol and start over.


Once your design is dry, use a coordinating color to paint the unfinished edges. I chose silver because it really makes the color pop.

Use a coordinating color to paint the unfinished edges of the ceramic tile.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer



The ink is going to be pretty water safe, but with the moisture of condensation threatening our pretty coasters, we’ll want to add some extra protection. Mod Podge has a dishwasher safe coating that should work perfectly for this. Use a wide soft brush to coat both the top and sides of your tile. Don’t over brush it though, as you might smudge your design.



Finally, we will need something to protect table surfaces from the scratchy backside of the coasters. Trace out and cut pieces of white felt and glue them to the bottom of the ceramic tiles.

Trace a piece of white felt for the bottom of the coasters.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer


Glue the piece of white felt to the bottom of the tiles.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

That’s it! The Mod Podge takes 28 days so try not to get them too wet for a couple of weeks. After that, these should be perfectly water safe and ready for every day use!


Beautiful DIY Permanent Marker Coasters
Photo: Kayla Domeyer


A pretty woman's upper body and face looking straight while wearing a green top and brown overshirt.A little about Kayla: I’m a Creative Director for an international crafting company full time in addition to having my own crafting blog at I’m a wife and a mother, and I work really hard so that I can spend my down time in the warm company of my 15 month old son and amazingly supportive husband. I love to make printables, jewelry, decor items, and I especially adore making DIY gifts. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello on Instagram!


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