Texas Beer Coasters

We have friends who just bought a house and are having a housewarming party.  I was trying to come up with something creative and meaningful that they could enjoy in their new home.  They enjoy Texas craft beer so I thought these up-cycled coasters would be a fun gift idea!img_2723Making these was really simple.  I already had everything on hand except for the tiles, which are extrememly inexpensive ($.16 each!) and available at any home improvement store.

The good thing about this project is we’re up-cycling something that would normally end up in the landfill!  So gather those empty beer cases and let’s get crafty!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard beer cartons
  • (4) – 4×4 ceramic tiles
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Felt sheets
  • Spray sealant

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The first step is to cut down the cardboard to the same size as your tiles.  The tiles were 4×4, so I traced the tiles onto the backside of the cardboard and cut the cardboard down to size.  Do the same thing for the felt that will become the underside of the tile coaster.  For this project, I’m making 4 coasters, so you should now have 4 tiles, 4 cardboard cutouts, and 4 felt pieces.

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Take the cardboard and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back side and position it on to the top of the tile. Move it around until it’s centered and the edges are even on the tile. Apply pressure so the cardboard sticks well while the Mod Podge dries. You can place something heavy on top of the cardboard as well.

Next, turn the tile over and glue the felt to the bottom of the tile the same way you attached the cardboard. Let the coasters dry well before you move on.

Once the felt and cardboard glue has dried, now it’s time to Mod Podge over the cardboard. I used the Glossy Mod Podge and applied 4 coats letting them dry for about 20 mins between coats. Follow the directions on the back of the bottle.

Once all the coats have been applied and have dried, now it’s time to apply the sealer. I used Rustoleum’s Crystal Clear Enamel spray that I bought at Lowe’s. It’s about $3 a can. I sprayed 3 thin coats on the coasters and let them dry for about 15 minutes between coats.

Once it dries, you are all done! Tie them up with some twine and package in a gift bag. This was a super easy, inexpensive gift that the recipients loved!

Hope you enjoy! If you tried this project, shoot me a message and let me know how they turned out. Snap a picture of your finished product and tag me in your post on Instagram – @sweetestthingsbyjen

Have a sweet day!

XOXO

~Jen

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