Make Coasters Using Tile and Gift Wrap

Let’s make coasters to give to someone special!

Re-purpose gift wrap from birthdays or past holidays to make DIY tile coasters that you can give to someone special as a gift.

A stack of blue, yellow, and white coasters made out of tiles and gift wrap
Make pretty tile coasters to give as gifts.

How to Make DIY TILE COASTERS

If you happen to have old drink coasters (or ones your mother-in-law may have given you five years ago) and some holiday tissue or wrapping paper, then you have the makings of the perfect upcycled Christmas gift that your toddler and preschooler can craft all by themselves. If you don’t have old coasters to use, then use square tiles like we did.

We used gift wrap on our tile coasters, but you can also use tissue paper or scrapbook paper.

Related: Kid-made coasters using yarn

You will need square tiles, gift wrap, Mod Podge, and scissors to make DIY tile coasters
Gather square tiles, gift wrap, Mod Podge, and scissors, and let’s make tile coasters.

Supplies needed to make tile coasters

  • Old coasters or square tiles – we used square tiles
  • Tissue paper or wrapping paper
  • Mod Podge (sparkle, matte, or gloss) – we used matte
  • Brush or sponge (for applying the Mod Podge)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Sealant (optional – for putting cold drinks on)
  • Felt (optional – to put on the bottom of each tile)

Instructions for making tile coasters

step 1 for making tile coasters is to trace around the coasters on the gift wrap with a pencil.
Put your coasters on the gift wrap and trace around them with a pencil.

Step 1

Place your gift wrap face down on a table. Put the coasters on top and trace around them with a pencil.

step 2 for making tile coasters is to cut out the paper square you will be gluing onto your tiles
Cut out the paper squares that you will be gluing onto each tile.

Step 2

Cut out each of the gift wrap squares you will be gluing onto the coasters.

step 3 for making tile coasters is to glue the paper to the tile using Mod Podge
Glue your gift wrap squares onto the tiles using Mod Podge.

Step 3

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto your coaster. Place your square of gift wrap over the glue and make sure it is completely stuck down. Continue this process until all of your tiles have paper glued onto them.

Craft tip:  The thinner the coat the better, but of course, young children won’t have a great handle on the brush or even want to put on a thin layer. Don’t worry, if you use the Sparkle Mod Podge or make yours in a collage style, the wrinkles won’t show as much. Plus, it’s the thought that counts, and your coasters will carry that made-with-love look!

Craft tip 2: If using an old coaster that has a vibrant pattern and you’re making the tissue paper collage coaster, you’ll want to add an extra tissue paper square layer or two that covers the whole coaster to form a more opaque base that blocks out the original color or pattern.

step 4 for making tile coasters is to add layers of mod podge over the paper
Brush Mod Podge on top of your paper, allowing each coat to dry before doing another.

Step 4

Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the top of your paper. You will need to do about three coats in total, allowing each coat to dry before moving onto the next one.

Craft tip 3: If your recipient is going to use the coasters with cold beverages, make sure to spray a sealant over the top to waterproof the coaster.

Craft tip 4: If you are worried that the tile might scratch a surface, cut out a square of felt to put on the bottom, or use round circles of felt that you would put under chair legs.

When your coasters are dry, trim any edges that need to be tidied up, tie them with a ribbon, and you’re ready to give them as gifts! These are such a quick and easy craft that you will want to make these for everyone on your list this holiday season.

Our finished DIY tile coasters
Make coasters using square tiles and gift wrap
Make these fun DIY tile coasters to give as gifts.

Here are other examples of coasters made by kids. These ones were made using old coasters, tissue paper, and gift wrap.

Christmas coasters made by kids using gift wrap and tissue paper.
Homemade coasters using Christmas gift wrap and tissue paper.
Yield: 5

DIY Tile Coasters

DIY Tile Coasters

Use square tiles and gift wrap to make tile coasters that you can give as gifts.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Square tiles or old coasters
  • Tissue paper or wrapping paper
  • Mod Podge

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Instructions

  1. Place the gift wrap front side down on a table. Place a coaster on top, and trace around it with a pencil.
  2. Put a thin layer of Mod Podge on the coaster, cut out your square of paper and stick it on.
  3. Add at least three more coats of Mod Podge on top of the paper, allowing each one to dry for at least 15 minutes before adding the next.
  4. Spray with a sealant and add felt onto the bottom of the tile (optional).

More Homemade Gift Ideas from kids activities

Need more homemade gift ideas that the kids can make? Here at Kids Activities Blog, we love being helpful!

What homemade crafts are your children giving for the holidays this year?

3 Comments

  1. This is a very nice bonding time with your kids and can be a very good idea for christmas gift too! 🙂

  2. You can customize them for any occasion or theme, which is nice.

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