If you like to doodle, this is the craft for you! Embellishing plain tile coasters, or most any dollar store ceramic, would be a great birthday party craft for kids, although adults would no doubt want to jump in and play.
I picked up a bunch of tiles for only 16¢ each during a quick trip to our local Home Depot. I chose 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" tiles as they are the perfect size for coasters.
The guy at Home Depot who was helping me showed me his pink flamingo underpants so, of course, I had to take a picture. <winkie face>
Here is what you will need to make hand-painted tile coasters:
- Pebeo porcelaine paint pen (Available HERE)
- Window cleaner and a paper towel
- Nail polish remover with acetone
- Carbon paper (available at office supply stores), optional
- Felt feet (or a square of felt, scissors and glue), optional
Clean your tile using window cleaner.
Shake pen well before use. Press tip against a hard surface repeatedly to start ink flow. I freehanded my design, but feel free to transfer a picture using carbon paper. If using the carbon paper transfer method, just sandwich the carbon paper between the tile and your picture. Using a pencil, trace the picture and it will transfer to the tile. Or, just start drawing!
The nail polish remover and Q-Tips are in case you make a mistake that you would like to erase. I used nail polish remover then followed up with a quick wipe with window cleaner.
Adding felt feet (found at Home Depot for 2¢ each) is optional, but I like that the coaster won't scratch a wood surface. If you don't add feet, you can safely wash your coaster in the dishwasher after baking.
This little tile will be a Christmas gift for my sister who lives in San Francisco. I hope that she will like it!
If you make hand-painted tile coasters, let me know!