Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tile Coasters

How's that for a catchy title? Okay. I've been wanting to make these for a long time, but I'm too cheap to pay full price for...well...anything. I waited ever-so-impatiently for stamps to go 1/2 off, and when they did, I snatched up a bunch!

I went to my local Lowe's to pick up some tiles, and I found some for .14 cents!!! Of course, I didn't pick up enough, but I'll get some more later. This batch was to play around and figure out how bad I am at stamping.

Do you want a tutorial? Well, you're getting one anyway. I started out with .14 cent tiles. You don't have to have those, but it makes it much more fun if you do. I used a bunch of different rubber stamps and a stamp ink called "Staz on". It's supposed to be for non-pourous surfaces--such as .14 cent tile.

Here is my madness in the making. Because I'm a bad tutorializer (yup, made up), I didn't take pictures of the stamp pad or the backs of the tiles.

Basically, I just used some felt dots that I had laying around the house. I guess you could cut some cork or felt for the whole back, but that seemed like a lot of work to me. I cut some cream paper into squares, stamped on them, then rubbed some of the ink from the stamp around the edges to "age" it.

I chose some coordinating ribbon, waved my magic wand, and called it good. This picture's a little blurry, but I thought you might like to see the detail of the script. So pretty.

What to do with a project that cost me about $2.00? Well, there's always those teachers, but I have some secretaries at work who will treat me better than everyone else after they get these. Yes, I'm buying their love. I am not ashamed.

80 comments:

Willow Decor: said...

Great project!! You are so so so funny!
xxx-Gina

Momofgirls said...

Love them! Think I will do these too....so I can buy the love of my daughter's special ed teachers!!

Thanks for sharing!

the undomesticated wife said...

They turned out nicely! I made a bunch for c-mas presents last year. I never made any for myself though..I need to do that. LOL

julie & joe said...

I like the stamping. We use the adhesive backed drawer liner cork for the backs of the tiles.

Katrina Chambers said...

Too cute! Love them. Katrina :)

The Soladay Family said...

Love them...and love your blog!!!

Mandi said...

They turned out GREAT! That price is gonna be hard to beat too!

Sarah said...

Very cute! I made some for Christmas gifts and they loved them!

Sarah said...

Adorable!!! I love the colors and effects you chose and of course the Fleur is a favorite!!!

The Momma said...

*Sigh* Well add this to my list of "Ways to copy Chris"
Maybe I have a problem? Probably, considering every step you take, every move you make, I'll be watching you..Wait what? But I mean, it's not that bad if you don't think about it so much.. :)

Anyways, they're very cute- I saw them around Christmas time and planned on making them but you know how that goes! :)

Amber said...

Those are so cute!! Love em! You did a great job on them.

DomesticDivasFancy said...

You should sell them on Etsy...those would make great gifts. I am sure you could sell them and make a profit! They would be a perfect wedding shower gift.

Laretha said...

That is fantastic! I did your hand sanitizer one for Valentines and the teachers LOVED it!!

Thanks! I might do this next!

Nora said...

Those are amazing! I may have to start a stamp collection :)

DESJ and Company said...

where did you buy the stamps???
LOVE it!

monica said...

I've never tried stamping. But I think I'll give it a try.

Those look great!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

The tiles are awesome and look so easy to make. What a great gift!!!
I can't wait to try those. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

Karli said...

I really, really like these. Wow! Good work!

Tammy said...

Love the tutorial. Great idea. I'm going to have to make some of these!

Sweet Nothings said...

That is such a GREAT idea!! I love it! Such a great gift idea!

I'm going to try that for presents!

MaryCatherine said...

Wow, these are great! Where do you find that ink? Will it smudge when it gets wet? I've been neededing some cute coasters...cool!

Tanya said...

These are wonderful! I think they are a unique gift idea that is so much better than a mug. Great job!

Sandy Toes said...

Very cute...I made some of these at Christmas!
I love your tag and bow, too!
Sandy Toe

Teri said...

They are lovely! Anyone would feel pretty special to be on the receiving end of these! QUESTION: Is that script actually a stamp? Is it a smaller stamp that you repeated several times on one tile? I love it! I am intrigued.

Wendy said...

Love it!! I think I may try it.

Amy said...

Did you spray them with any kind of sealer? I made some at Christmas for my kids with their last names and large initial on them and didn't spray them and they ran. I had to re-do them. :( But then they were fine! I love the script ones!!

Jessica said...

Love them! Thanks for another great idea...as if I need more on my 'to do' list. Can't wiat to make them.

Suzanne said...

Okay, sista! This is creepy, have you seen my post for today? Do-do-do-do...

Natalie said...

love that idea... I can't wait to try it!

Kristen said...

Just so you know Oprah, my love is more expensive to buy. (But you can throw in a set of super cute coasters as well)

Love, Gayle
Now excuse me while I think of peoples love that I don't really need but might be able to acquire for $2.00 - it's better to have friends than enemies, right?

Emilee Roberts said...

these are super! Hope I can remember them come Christmas! :)

Blue Castle said...

Those are adorable! Love this idea!

themommytimesfour said...

I love your tutorials! I can't wait to do this project.

Thanks for sharing.

Lil' Woman said...

Tjose are soo cute. I esp. like the script one. Def. gonna try my hand at these! :)

sherrieg said...

Those are great! I've done the tile/coaster thing before, but never with the stamps - they look terrific!

Jill said...

Now that is a fun project that is totally in my price range!
-Jill

Our Complete Family said...

They are spiffy hun!
I printed off directions years ago and just never got around to making them. I need to though~ they are darling!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

These look great! I did similar coasters with pics of my son for Christmas, but I love the stamp idea as well!

Janene said...

Chris~Those turned out fantastic!
So, that ink is permanent? Did you have to seal the tiles after they were stamped?
You did a very good tutorial!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

You are so funny! How I wish I was funny. But I'm not. But this comment is not about me, it's about you! Great job...even if you're not a great "tutorializer." And there is nothing wrong with buying the love of fellow employees. ;-)

dongdong said...

what a great idea! And great tutorial. I love how you show us all these "bargain" ideas!! :)

Anna said...

Another great idea. Very cute and I love your stamps.

Natalie said...

Darn you!! Every time I read one of your posts, I add something else to my list of things that I absolutely must have or the world might end. I just blogged the other night about a new project I want to start working on, but I think I might do this first! Winter's almost over, my mitten and scarf box can wait!!

Anna@Boogers,Bibs,BooksAndBubbles said...

I also did these...back in September. Got the idea from Susie Harris of Bienvenue.

One tip for ya...I found that spraying them with an inexpensive sealer is a great idea. I used a set for a while and it started to smudge. Staz-on doesn't always "stay on" :o) Also, they look really cute if you can find the pads that are black and thicker. I used those on the sets that I gave to family for Christmas and they just raved over how cute they were. I ended up getting some stamps with Bible verses on them; those were a big hit as well. Great for Bible studies!

Here is the link from when I did them http://rustycottage.blogspot.com/2008/09/inspiration-from-susie.html

And here is Susie's link http://susieharris.blogspot.com/2008/08/coasters101.html

OH MY #6 said...

Love them.

Lea
xo

Sister Sue said...

I have to do this project. Thanks for the idea.

jamie t. said...

I love your blog... and your coasters! Keep the great ideas coming.

Sherri S said...

You did an AWESOME job on them! I made tons of sets at Christmas for everyone. I used the tumbled tiles. I still have to make myself a set!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Great job, I've been wanting to try those! I'll have to check Lowe's for those .14 cent tiles!

Jenny said...

Cute project. I have tons of tiles that I got free. They are white and glossy, so I don't think they'd turn out the same.

Felicia said...

They turned out fantastic :)

Small House said...

I like this idea. You really should take care of those secretaries!! (I'm one myself, haha)
Have a great day, and thanks for the tutorial.
Sandra

SoBella Creations said...

Love them! And a fantastic idea.

Natalie said...

Love this idea!

I hadn't thought about giving them as gifts like this. I had the girls make their own (travertine left over from backsplash, paint pens, felt feetie pads) so they'd use them on their desks...but this would be a perfect grandparents gift :)

Valarie Lea said...

I did these and gave some away for Christmas. I love the one with the writing. :)

Inspired Kara said...

These would be the perfect handmade gift for a birdal shower I'm going to on Saturday! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bridget said...

do you think you might sell those? I'd be a customer if you did!

Knit Purl Gurl said...

What a great idea!! Off to Home Depot for tiles...

Kaitlyn said...

What a great project, these are too cute!!

Erin said...

I love these. They are beautiful!

Denise said...

You are simply AMAZING! Thank you for another useful easy gift idea!

Jen r. said...

Those are really cute!

Beth Ann said...

Love this idea! I linked it to my post today -- I'm going to attempt them this weekend!

Susan S. said...

How Cool! I've never heard of Staz On but it's perfect for this project! I'm going out and looking for some now!

Barb said...

This is your MOM... I want those for a gift!!! HE HE HE HE yes I really do. Love them....was a little confused about you stamped the paper first? them rubbed the paper on the tile? which comes first. Great Job... love them...
Mom

Barb said...

PS.... these are sooo good, you should SELL THEM...

Mom

Kristin said...

YUM!! Those tiles are to die for. I've been wanting to try this for a long time!

Kristin
http://reclaimingthehome.typepad.com

Eileen said...

I made these a couple of years ago - if you bake the tiles in the oven after you stamp them with StazOn ink then they won't run and you own't have to seal them. I love the napkin idea though - definitely going to try those for something new. Also - the hand sanitizers were a hit!

Kenlie said...

I love this idea! I already have the staz-on and a zillion stamps so I am going to make some of my own...This is such a great way to personalize coasters, and I have a thing for coasters anyway so yay!

Thanks for the tip!

Hadley Coble said...

I want to make some of these too...yours turned out great!

Andrea said...

Did you seal or set your tiles so they don't run or bleed when drinks are set on them?

Mrs. Jones said...

This project is so awesome! I think even I could do it. Thanks. ;-)

~Heather

Holly Ann said...

Great pics of the tile coasters. Your inspiration gave me the extra little "umf" I needed to give them a try, and I am so glad I did b/c they turned out great! I posted a few pics of mine on my blog. If you have a spare minute I would love for you to take a look:o)

You are one of my favorite bloggers...thanks for sharing!

Holly Ann

UPrinting said...

Wow, nice coasters! They're very fragile though, right? Because I remember my mom receiving something like this as a souvenir for a wedding she attended. But instead of tiles, it was made up of glass, almost like a jalousie for windows. It's very heavy, and fragile, so I'm scared of using it!

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas. The one who commented that you should bake the tiles after stamping them....How long do you bake them for?

Do you sell your creations anywhere? You should really consider starting your own home business if you don't have one already.

Keep up the lovely work.

Nicoleigh said...

I made some coasters a while ago, and they turned out just fine. But someone mentioned they 'cook' them in the oven for a little bit. Did you do that with these? I haven't had a problem with fading...but just wondered what is best. Thanks! (I am going to make a few sets for an upcoming benefit auction...so want them to be great!)

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Kat @ measuring my life in l-o-v-e said...

Just wanted to let you know I just posted about your tile coasters tutorial on my blog, linking back. http://kathleenrichards.blogspot.com/2009/12/two-diy-christmas-gifts.html

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