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

Noa on Dec 03, 2012:

Instead of using napkins could i paint ñames on it to personalize it. How is that done


DIY Maven on Nov 23, 2012:

Tara--Just unfold the napkin and use as is. If it's 2 ply, 3 ply or whatever, use both. Don't peel them apart; just stick 'em on. :)


Tara on Nov 21, 2012:

I am just unfolding the whole napkin and cutting one sheet. An I supposed to use two sheets or just one. It is two ply. Thank you


DIY Maven on Nov 21, 2012:

Tara--yup, that's completely normal!


Tara on Nov 21, 2012:

I think I am too anxious. When I put the napkin down one side first ad smoothed it out then let mod podge dry overnight it wasn't as wrinkly. There are little wrinkles but that is normal right?


DIY Maven on Nov 21, 2012:

Tara--wrinkles happen when you apply the Mod-Podge. As for it getting even wrinkler and bunching up when you apply the poly, that shouldn't happen. You might need to apply a bit more Mod-Podge so it soaks through all plys of the napkin. Also, make sure the Mod-Podge is completely dry before you apply the poly. If you do those two things, the poly should have no effect. 


Tara on Nov 20, 2012:

Once I apply the polyurethane the napkin gets wrinkles and bunches up. How do you avoid that. Am I missing something.


DIY Maven on Oct 18, 2012:

Hey Anon...if I remember correctly, I bought my napkins at Target. Probably 2-ply. I think any 2-ply napkin would work. As far as the bubbles are concerned, it best to ease the napkin on to the tile going at it from one edge and then pressing lightly as you go up the tile. If you just plop it straight down, I can see winding up with a lot of bubbles. Be aware, however, that mine may look flat, but they have wrinkles, which I like. It makes the tiles look like they were hand made. 


Anonymous on Oct 18, 2012:

how Does your look so flat once its been applied, mine had all little air bubble type bits in it when i put the napkin on :-( . Also your napkins seem thicker than mine do you use all the layers or seperate just the top one off? i had been using all the layers just because it seemed very flimsy without the other layers and yours seems thick in the video/pictures. Please advise on the best napkins to use.


Thanks again


DIY Maven on Oct 18, 2012:

Anon--if it's water based poly, it's about 2 hours or so between coats. I'm not sure about the acrylic sealer, although I'd probably give it a try on one tile and see. 


Anonymous on Oct 18, 2012:

How long do you wait for the polyurethane to dry between coats?  Can you use acrylic sealer instead of the polyurethane?


DIY Maven on Oct 18, 2012:

Anon--I'd think you'd be able to find Mod Podge, but if you can't, the PVA will work. Although, regular white glue, like Elmers, would work too, and it's much cheaper. The only thing to keep in mind using Elmers and the like is that it is acidic, so it could effect the look of the napkins after time. But, that's a quibble. 


Anonymous on Oct 17, 2012:

thanks for that, I managed to track some down in my local hard ware store. now im just trying to find mod podge! Any ideas if i can get it in the uk? will PVA work instead of that? what is mod podge?! makes me giggle! it sounds funny! :-)


DIY Maven on Oct 17, 2012:

@Anon...I've never used PVA in this context, but I don't think it would work. I'm guessing if it got damp it would get sticky. Same thing if it got hot from the bottom of a hot mug. Any polyurethane will work--waterbase or otherwise. I just used my favorite. ;)


Anonymous on Oct 17, 2012:

Will pva glue work the same as polyeurathane or is it not the same thing? I live in the uk and am not sure where I could get the products you use.


Tina on Oct 07, 2012:

i buy my coasters at thrift stores..you can pick up a pack of 4 for 50 cents if you get lucky...Thrift stores are great places to look when all you want to do is decoupage the item..


 


Shelly on Oct 01, 2012:

How do u do photos?


Shelly on Oct 01, 2012:

How do u do photos?


Anonymous on Aug 30, 2012:

How long do you wait for the polyurethane to dry between coats?  Can you use acrylic sealer instead of the polyurethane?  Thanks!!


DIY Maven on Aug 13, 2012:

@Fadona--Sure! Anything decoupage-able. 


Fadona on Aug 12, 2012:

A nice idea . I am wondering if you could use material rather then a paper napkins ?


laura on May 25, 2012:

answer to cork question:  I bought a 12x12 sheet of the thin self adhesive cork at Michaels..I think it was in the scrapbook paper section.  I then cut a square to back the tile and used Fabri-tac glue. 


As far as a sealer:  the one used by crafter on this page is very expensive at Ace Hardware, she offered alternative found at Home Depot (a water based sealer which dries clear not yellowish as an oil based does).


Jackie on May 24, 2012:

sorry! the link about the polyurethane at Ace store wasn't correct... here we go now: http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12664446&kw=polyurethane&origkw=polyurethane&searchId=61542476373


Jackie on May 24, 2012:

I've been having some trouble to find the polyurethane. In some stores (like Blick) I found only in spray or I found this one http://www.dickblick.com/products/jo-sonjas-water-based-polyurethane-varnish/. at the Ace hardware they don't have of the 2 suggested here...Do you have any other suggestions/ brands that worked out okay? The one I found I wasn't sure http://www.acehardware.com/largeImage/index.jsp?LargeImageURL=http%3A//ACE.imageg.net/grap ...


Do you have any clue if any of these are going to work? Thanks :)


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