When the rainy season comes, it often means we finally have time for all those indoor projects we’ve been planning. If you’ve been looking for a way to spice up your décor, customized coasters are a great afternoon project. These DIY works of art also make a great gift! 

What You’ll Need 

4 – 4”x4” tiles (lightcolored, ceramic, flattopped work best) 

4 – Printed photos or artwork, cut to 3.75” x 3.75” 

Mod Podge 

Small 1” foam brush 

Self-adhesive felt pads 


  1. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the front of the tile. Make sure to cover the entire front of the tile, all the way to the edges. A thin layer is best and will ensure that no bubbles form. 
  2. Place your photo or artwork on top of the wet coat of Mod Podge. The photos should be cut to slightly smaller than the tile to ensure the edges lay flat. Smooth the photo with a dry paper towel, gently pushing out any bubbles.  
  3. Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge with the foam brush, waiting 15 minutes between each coat. Apply each coat as a thin layer, making sure to wrap around the sides of the artwork.
  4. Stick felt pads to the bottom of each coaster. Rough and uneven surfaces are common on the back of tiles. The felt will keep your furniture scratchfree and elevate your tile from the surface.
  5. Allow to dry for three days. It’s normal for Mod Podge to feel tacky until it’s had proper time to dry. For best drying, leave the coasters in a warm and dry location. 

Love this idea, but not sure what to use for artwork? Here are some ideas: 

  • Maps that showcase important locations 
  • Photos of family and friends 
  • Artwork that matches your décor  
  • Cards or postcards you’ve received  
  • Wedding invitations  

For more DIY projects, check out our Habitat section here.