{DIY} #Instagram Photo Coasters

Hey there!  Its been a while!  I’ve been so busy since the 4th I haven’t been able to work on the blog.  I have been doing a few project behind the scenes, however, and here’s a quick one for you!

I, like most people, love a good #Instagram photo -I’m definitely on the bandwagon!  And since Intsagram photos are square I thought they would work great for coasters.  I used photos of my baby boy, but almost anything would be cool – landscapes, city or skyline photos, a special day, or pretty much any Instagram photos you cherish.

Instagram coaster Collage

These photo coasters are not only cute, but they were really easy and inexpensive to make.  The tiles are about $1 each at Home Depot and I printed the photos out at home on white card stock.

These would make a great gift and are so easy that it would be a great project for the kiddos too!  Here’s how I did it.

You will need 4″x4″ tumbled tiles, mode podge, a foam brush, and a spray on protective finish such as polyurethane or polycrylic.DIY Instagram Photo Coasters from The Domestic Heart

First, I printed out my photos and cut them out.  I resized the photos to 3.65 inches – you can use a word processing program or editing program like photoshop.  After cutting them I opted to round the corners a bit with the scissors.

Put a good layer of modge lodge on top of the tile.

DIY Instagram Photo Coasters from The Domestic HeartPlace your photo on the tile, pressing down firmly.  You will need to work out any bubbles that may form under the paper.DSC_0526 DSC_0528Allow the coasters to dry for a bit, about 30 minutes.  Now you are ready for the topcoat.  Simply brush the modge podge in a thin layer over the photo.  You will want to do two or three separate coats.



Allow the topcoat to dry and then spray a layer of polyurethane to increase the waterproofing (is that a word?).



Once the coasters are completely dry, you will want to adhere some felt to the bottom so the tiles don’t scratch your furniture.  I just cut some leftover felt I had laying around into small squares and then used the modge podge to adhere them. DSC_0547

Now pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy your new coasters.  Or tie them up with a pretty ribbon and pass them on to someone you love. :)

DSC_0568 DSC_0564I also made a set using a print of an antique map of Spain from the 1780s that I loved.  What do you think?  Which ones do you like better?  What images would you try for coasters?

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  1. says

    I’ve often wondered how I can increase the waterproofing (definitely a word) of mod podge so this spray is something I will look out for.
    And how can we possibly not say that the gorgeous paper photos are not our favourite! Unfair question! The maps are lovely but look at that cute little face!

    • says

      Thank you Julie, yes I am partial to the photos! :) The spray polyurethane is available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, and probably any major home hardware store. It also comes in 3 finishes so you can get the look you want!


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