DIY Maven

DIY Maven

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Although I'm a writer by education and profession, I have a not-so-secret DIY and craft (of almost any kind) addiction. I'm the… read more

Comments - Curbly Video: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

Ellie on Aug 26, 2013:

@diy maven-- thanks


DIY Maven on Aug 26, 2013:

@Ellie—Yes and no. They create a cool, handmade texture feel. They feel more like wrinkles in fabric than wrinkles in paper. Hard to explain. :)


Ellie on Aug 24, 2013:

Can you feel the wrinkles after you have applied the poly etc.?


DIY Maven on Aug 14, 2013:

@Gemma--Wrinkles are actually normal. Plus, they give the tiles much more character. 


Gemma on Aug 14, 2013:

I have tried this and mine have came out very wrinkly why is this?


Callie on Jul 21, 2013:

This is such a cool idea! I have lots of weddings this year and Christmas of course.

We are on a budget and I like to make gifts vs buying. I am
going to try this one. How fun for landmark bdays as well-- or to use baby shower napkins or decor for a new family.


DIY Maven on Jun 06, 2013:

@Amy--Pretty sure because it wasn't completely dry. 


Amy on Jun 06, 2013:

@Maven when I tried doing that last night, the napkin tore and started to pull up.  I ended up having to run the tile under water and scrub off the napkin to start over.  Do you think that was only because maybe it wasn't dry?  Or do you think that will happen again tonight?


DIY Maven on Jun 06, 2013:

@Amy--Absolutely put on a couple coats of ModPodge first and then the acrylic. 


Amy on Jun 06, 2013:

I glued the napkins to the tiles with modge podge last night.  Should I apply a coat or two of modge podge over them this evening or should I just use the spray acrylic/sealant I bought instead? Thanks!


Luanne on Mar 19, 2013:

I am making coasters with photos on them and am using minwax polycrilic.  How do I not get the little bubbles that sometimes appears?  Some look amazing and some get those tiny bubbles that I don't notice until the coat is dry.  I've tried light coats and heavy coats and still I get some bubbles.  any suggestions?  thanks


Luanne on Mar 19, 2013:

Hello.  I am making coasters for my daughter's bridal shower.  When I apply the poly I always seem to get some tiny bubble that I just can't seem to get rid of.  I've tried using a small amount of poly and then a thicker layer, nothing seems to work.  Some coasters are perfect and some have these little dots all over them.  Is there a trick to make sure there are no bubbles so I can have smooth coasters?


thank you


DIY Maven on Jan 21, 2013:

@Anonymous--I would not recommend that as ModPodge always remains a bit sticky. The poly takes care of that problem. It doesn't have to be expensive poly--I'd try whatever you might have on hand before buying new. 


Anonymous on Jan 20, 2013:

I have seen other blogs that have put another coat of mod podge over the top and skipped the poly all together. Would this work with napkins as well? If so that would eleminate another item on my list still needing to buy. Thanks!


Kim on Jan 17, 2013:

HI, I was wondering if the water based Poly eliminates hot mugs from sticking?  I've been reading about how that is a problem with the tile coasters.


DIY Maven on Dec 20, 2012:

@Anon--I had everything on hand, except for the tile and the napkins. Four tiles set me back about 60 cents (for all three) and the napkins were a couple bucks at Target. For all the other stuff, maybe 20 bucks, but the poly and glues will be enough to make dozens and dozens of sets of coasters. 


Anonymous on Dec 19, 2012:

How much does an average set cost? ( total with tiles, napkins, all three glues and felt)


DIY Maven on Dec 10, 2012:

Claire: Yes, but only if it's printed on paper, not photo paper. (I think photo paper would be too thick.)


Claire on Dec 08, 2012:

Hi, these are great! Could you use a photo instead of a napkin?


DIY Maven on Dec 05, 2012:

@Maureen, I've used one (the black one, which is in my office) almost every day for three years, and it's standing up well. I bet the resin looks great, though!


Maureen on Dec 04, 2012:

Does the polyurethane hold up to heat from a warm mug? I used Enviro Tex resin because I heard its the only thing that is heat resistant.


DIY Maven on Dec 04, 2012:

Anon--Ace Hardware carries it, but any good waterbase poly will do. I like Minwax's Polycrylic too, and it costs less.


Anonymous on Dec 04, 2012:

where can i purchase Aqua Zar waterbased polyurethane. is there something simular i can use if i cant find aqua zar?


DIY Maven on Dec 03, 2012:

Noa--you could try Pebeo Porcelaine markers on porcelain tiles. 


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