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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tumbled Marble Coasters Tutorial

I have been wanting to make my own coasters for a while now.  We have a box of left over tumbled marble tiles in our garage from our kitchen backsplash which I knew would be perfect for this project.
Do you like my new Le Creuset tea kettle?  It's in my favorite color.
 I started by going to The Graphics Fairy, and picking out four french designs that would reduce to 4"x4" easily.  It's important that you don't pick a design that is too wide or else it will cut off part of the design when you reduce it to 4"x4".  Next I printed out the mirror image of the design on my printer (you need it to be the mirror image of the design since that is the part that will be sticking to the tile).
There are so many different ways to transfer a design onto tile.  I wanted to do this entire project without having to leave the house to buy anything, so I went with this method. 
I cut out the design and brushed mod podge onto the printed side of the paper.
I then placed it on top of the tile and smoothed out the paper.
I baked the tiles at 170 degrees for 20 minutes.
When the tiles came out, I wet my finger and started to rub off the paper. 
 Do not soak the paper or else you will wipe off the ink as well.  
You just have to keep wetting your finger and wiping off the back of the paper a little at a time.  
You can see in this photo that I had a little bit more to wipe off.
It took only a few minutes to get it all off.
Once all of the backing of the paper is off, it is time to polyurethane.
I brushed a thin layer of polyurethane on top of each tile to protect it 
from any moisture from drinks placed on it.  
Once the polyurethane was thoroughly dry (a few hours), I added self stick cork to the bottom.  
If you don't have self stick cork, you can use felt.  
You just want to ensure that the tiles won't scratch the top of your furniture.
It was only 11am when I took this photo...too early for wine...so it's fruit juice.  Lol
Time to enjoy my new coasters.
These would also make a great gift.   

Can't wait to hear what you think.
-Judy
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My entry to At The Picket Fence's  Inspiration Friday sponsored by Appliances Online and the Beko Fridge Freezers”. 

42 comments:

Debbiedoo's said...

How pretty Judy. Great way to repurpose, those are fantastic!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Gorgeous. I love the transfer idea. I still need to give this a try. Love them. Hugs, Marty

Gina said...

Oh wow Judy, these are great! Very clever!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These turned out great, Judy! They came out so clear! I did not have luck with this technique the two times I tried it. Maybe I wet the paper too much. I'll have to give it another go.

Mel said...

They turned out amazing. What a clever idea.

Anonymous said...

Those look awesome! Great idea.

Renonda said...

These look great. Did you use a ink jet printer or a laser printer? This is something I might have to try.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Judy,

I LOVE your coasters!!!

I just received them from a favorite things swap party.

Here's the link:
http://alapinlife.blogspot.com/2012/02/brandi-dont-disturb-this-groove.html

Dee

Savvy Seasons said...

What an adorable idea, I love it! You are so creative, well done! xo ~Liz

Lavender Cottage said...

These coasters are great, good way to use up those old tiles that usually sit in the box in the basement.

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

wow! I didn't know you could transfer ink that way. So chic and pretty. Great job!

Creative Mrs.Smith said...

I am going to have to try that.....what a great idea!

NanaDiana said...

Really cute idea. They would make a good gift. I can see them done with a family crest or just a monogram, too. xo Diana

ps. I have NEVER heard of this transfer method before. xo Diana

{northern cottage} said...

classic & so very pretty - I've not seen mod podge baked before - thanks for the tip! xo

www.NorthernCottage.net

Karen S. said...

It's my favorite color too! I have one almost like it, a bit darker though. Your tiles are lovely too!

Sophia's said...

How clever with the Modge Podge! I just did a tutorial on this last week as well! I just used my ink stamps, but your option is great for more intricate designs.

http://sophiasdecor.blogspot.com/2012/02/quick-and-easy-diy-coasters.html

Kristen

BEAR's Mom said...

they are so cute!
what a great idea :D
~victoria~

Chatty Chics said...

You are kidding me? They are adorable Judy! Thanks so much for teaching me how to do it! Definitely going to do it on some tiles I have laying around! :)
Melody
ChattyChics.com

Chatty Chics said...

You are kidding me? They are adorable Judy! Thanks so much for teaching me how to do it! Definitely going to do it on some tiles I have laying around! :)
Melody
ChattyChics.com

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

You are a DIY genius! Love these!

storybeader said...

wow - those came out great! I thought if you stuck it in the oven, it would burn up! Guess not... {:-D

Honey at 2805 said...

What a great transfer method, Judy! Many thanks for the tips; the coasters are terrific. BTW, did you use an ink jet printer?

Debra said...

I love them and want to make some!! But I am confused - what kind of paper do you use??
Debra
justspiffit@gmail.com

Chrissy said...

Oh wow, Judy
We must be kindred spirits, I have the same designs printed out. Only I printed mine on transfer paper for my dining room set, redo? I did that at Thanksgiving, yikes!! I just found them again last week, in a drawer.
Thanks for the inspiration,
Chrissy

Cynthia said...

Wow Judy!! These are beautiful and look so expensive and like you bought them. Great tutorial I may try this out. Thanks.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Love 'em, one can never have too many coasters!

Sue said...

Super cool.

=)

Poppy said...

Beautiful frenchy coasters... love the transfer method! Thanks for the share! Have a great weekend!~Poppy

Traci said...

I love this idea. I'm hoping to redo our kitchen counters & backsplash soon. Now I know what to do with the extras!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What a great idea. Putting them in the oven kind of surprised me, but it worked well.

anitamombanita said...

those are beautiful.

Jenny said...

I was surprised at the oven 'curing' but it makes such good sense!

Love your transfers. It would be fun to do these with numbers on them (or letters for people in the families first names)

This was a particularly inspiring post! I need to come and follow you around for a day to get moving on all the projects that need done around here.

Thanks for linking up.

A+

Andrea said...

So cute, but I think the condensation will still run off the coaster. Any idea's on how to make them with an edge of some kind?

granite tile manufacturer said...

It was very creative of you to make these tiles. Definitely, a good piece for dining table and home decor.

Anonymous said...

This method is way better than trying to use acetone - too stinky and not consistent enough! Modge Podge works great too, or you can also use a clear varnish if you don't have Modge Podge. I also put felt stickers on the bottom of mine so they didn't slide around so much on the table.

John Smith said...

Really great work, I really appreciate the creativity you have done. After reading your post I also want to try this. Whenever I made this I will definitely use it for many things like to gift someone, to decorate my house and much more. Thanks for sharing this wonderful and innovative idea with us.
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Rajib Hossain said...

This is beautiful! The neutrals are so soothing and the variation of the tile makes a real impact. Wonderful job!
white marble tile

HomegrownSkin said...

I just made a batch. This might be a silly question but should there be a film left over when you rub the paper away? Sometimes when I'm rubbing it takes the film off in little patches. or should this process "dye" the marble?

Debashis Sharma said...

What a great idea. Cute idea.....I love mine. What a cute and easy craft. I may just have to try this out. My friend and I get together each Thanksgiving break and make crafts. For some reason we've been doing Halloween crafts the past 2 years, so I'm thinking I'll find something Halloweeny to stamp on the coasters
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ketz said...

Whenever I made this I will definitely use it for many things like to gift someone, to decorate my house and much more.

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Patti said...

Marble Coasters-- did you use a laser printer or inkjet printer?

Keli said...

I as well am very curious as to what kind of paper you used. I am needing to do this for favors for my son's wedding November 22nd this year and so for this looks the best! I had tried the using tracing paper, and the tissue paper and it did not turn out so well. What about pictures? Have you tried any of those?

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