DIY Photo Coasters

DIY Photo Coasters are an easy way to get the kids involved in gift giving.  They are very easy to make, and grandparents love them!  These make a fun, creative DIY Christmas or Grandparent’s Day gift. The supplies are simple and it’s fun to recreate some memories when you add them to a coaster to keep on the coffee table.  The whole family can get involved in this DIY gift!

We are blessed to still have grandparents living.  Our children are growing up with great-grandparents, and we are so thankful for that! At Christmas, we love to still give gifts to our grandparents…but what do you give someone who already has and is content with everything? I whipped up these cute photo coasters, and I was so pleased with how they turned out, that I want to make some for our new living/game room in the basement.  Even the kids can get involved with this DIY gift, and before you know it, they have a personalized and sentimental gift to put under the tree.

DIY PHOTO Coasters are so easy to make!  Kid friendly, and personalized gifts great for Christmas or any holiday!  #diyphotogifts #diygifts #christmasdiy

Supplies for DIY Photo Coasters

*4 square tiles, 4″x4″ (I found these at Home Depot in the shower/tile section.  They were only about 19 cents a piece)
*Mod podge
*Printed photos, trimmed to 4″x4″
*Sponge brush
*Oil paint brush
*Clear polyurethane
*3/4″ felt pads
*Hot glue/glue gun

How to Make DIY Photo Coasters

1.  Print your photos, on regular printer paper, in black and white.  I cut and pasted mine into a Google Doc and printed them.  I chose black and white because I like the dramatic look of that, and I didn’t want to risk the color running or smearing when I applied the Mod Podge.
2.  Trim your photos so they are 4″x4″.
3.  Using the sponge brush, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the surface of your tile and lay the photo on it.
4.  Smooth the air bubbles out and repeat this for the other three tiles.
5.  Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the face of your photo.  Allow it to dry, then repeat this two more times.
6.  Let your photos dry for a few hours.  Using the oil paintbrush, apply a few thick coats of quick drying polyurethane
to the surface of your tiles.  Let this dry for 24 hours.
7.  After the polyurethane has dried, turn your tiles over face down.  Apply a small amount of hot glue to each corner and adhere the felt pads.

Tips for creating beautiful DIY Photo Coasters

Choose high quality printer paper to print your photos. You want them crisp and clean!

Use a small paper cutter to trim them to 4×4.  This assures they are even and look great!

Use adult supervision when applying the polyurethane.  Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.

You can also use resin as the top coat instead of polyurethane.

If you’d like to use colored photos, I suggest using actual photos you have printed at the store ~ not printing them in color on the printer.

PIN this idea for your holiday gift giving!

DIY PHOTO Coasters are so easy to make!  Kid friendly, and personalized gifts great for Christmas or any holiday!  #diyphotogifts #diygifts #christmasdiy


  1. these are great! i've been looking for some nicer coasters than the party ones we have. i could make one for each of us with our own pictures on it! thanks for linking up girlie!

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