Tile Coasters!

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As you know I love The Home Depot. I feel inspired the moment I walk through the door! But I can’t always be in the middle of a painting or home improvement project. That however doesn’t keep the ideas from coming! One day while I was walking around I passed by all those gorgeous tiny glass tiles they sell for back splashes and bathrooms.  Getting completely lost in their possibilities; I thought of coasters!

While I was there, I picked up a small tub of  Pre-Mixed Grout, a bunch of ceramic tiles (the cheap ones for under 20 cents each) and some of those pretty glass tiles.

The tiny tiles have to be glued onto the larger ones using Mosaic Tile Adhesive. (I got that at Hobby Lobby!)

The tiny tiles come glued onto mesh which makes it super easy. Just cut the mesh to the size of ceramic tile and spread the Mosaic Tile Adhesive before placing the tiny tiles onto the bigger tile!

This has to dry for 5 hours before grouting.

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Using the Pre-Mixed Grout I just iced the coaster, making certain the grout was pressed into all the spaces. Take your time this also needs lots of drying time.

I pressed grout around the 4 sides of the coasters forming a small edge …

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Using a wet sponge wipe the majority of grout off the tiles and let them dry overnight. (You can clean them more when the grout is completely dry)

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When the grout is dry and the coasters are clean you can use a grout sealer and seal the grout…I didn’t have any so I didn’t do this step. The Husband and I have been using a set of these coasters since April with no sealer and they still look great! It’s up to you!

Now, using your high-heat glue gun adhere cork to the back of the coaster. I’ve used small cork “dots” for coasters in the past. But these tile coasters are heavy and I feel better using sheets of cork which provide more protection for tables!

I used the roll of cork with adhesive on one side. (I still found it necessary to use the high-heat glue gun, the adhesive just wasn’t sticky enough!)

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xo


Comments

  1. Julie Garmon says:

    Wow! I love “icing the tile.” We haven’t sealed our slate/tile floors and they seem fine. :-)

    Great gift idea and I love the pretty ribbons, too.

  2. very creative! Nice gift idea while learning to regrout my shower on a small scale, ha!
    .-= Tom Raines´s last blog ..Affirmation of God- I live on every word that comes from the mouth of God =-.

  3. So elegant! I love it! I like those tiles but I don’t have anywhere to put them up in my house. Thanks for posting!

  4. i need to go to home depot with you. that’s a cute idea. thanks rose
    .-= rose´s last blog ..RECAPTURE LIFE =-.

  5. Another creative idea! Those really do make nice Christmas gifts. I can also see them being a nice wedding or housewarming gift too. :0)
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  6. Pinky says:

    Cute, cute, cute!!!

  7. LOVE this idea!! They came out so great looking! Good job!
    .-= Kara from Kara’s Korner´s last blog ..Blog Swap Today =-.

  8. This is just such a great idea! I stopped by from sew much ado and I am so glad I did! …. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I am going to take a look around at all of your other pretties! Would love for you to come by blog as well! http://www.restoreinteriors.blogspot.com
    Blessings,
    Kelli

  9. These look amazing! I’m bookmarking this to make some for housewarming gifts!
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  10. Those are beautiful coasters and I love the way you packaged them for gift giving. I hope you’ll stop by on Sunday and share them at the Pretty Packages Party!
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    Smiles!
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  11. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Thanks so much..
    Barb
    .-= Barb´s last blog ..1-2 OFF Halloween Pendants-Blog Hop-Walk of Fame =-.

  12. These are absolutely beautiful!! I am really excited to try out this project–thanks for sharing :)

  13. I would love to get a set of these! you did a great job :) come on over and link up to MMM !

  14. April says:

    I love this idea – I am wondering if you could get slightly larger tiles and do them as trivets – so you know if they would be heat resistant?

  15. I just featured these on my blog in a list of projects I want to try for 2011. Thanks for the inspiration Robin!

    http://nicolescraftingadventure.blogspot.com/2010/12/happy-new-year.html

  16. I hope you don’t mind…I used this photo and a link your site on my site… https://cehalles.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/kitchen-decor-ideas/ thanks

    • Connie, thank you so much for asking! I looked at your post and it’s got so much inspiration. I’d so appreciate it if you linked the URL to this specific post just in case someone wants to have a look at the coasters they’ll be connected here as opposed to my home page…just replace the link you have with http://www.allthingsheartandhome.com/2010/10/24/tile-coasters/ if you don’t mind!
      Have a wonderful evening~
      Robin

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