Yesterday as rain pitter pattered on the tin roof, I turned up the tunes, danced around the studio, and got my craft on for the first time in weeks. It felt good.

On my DIY docket was a simple plan to transform plain ceramic tiles into snappy polaroid coasters. The project takes a bit of time to complete (mostly waiting for coats of glue to dry) but there’s nothing tricky here and the results are really charming.

I’m thinking that these polaroid coasters would make the most perfect place cards / party favours at a birthday bash, backyard wedding, or baby shower (using your friends’ old baby pics would be hilarious and adorable!) with each guests’ name scrawled across the bottom in black sharpie.

DIY Polaroid Coasters


photos or prints cut to size
square white tiles
a piece of card to use as template
matte Mod Podge
Mod Podge clear sealant spray
felt pads (optional)


1. Cut a rectangular template relative to the size of your tiles with enough room for a thin boarder around the top and sides plus a thicker boarder at the bottom.

2. Using the template guide, trim your photos or prints to size. (I used pictures and illustrations from an old Frankie Magazine)

3. With the foam brush spread a thin layer of Mod Podge over the entire back of the image, smooth it onto the tile, and leave to dry.

4. After 30 minutes, spread another thin layer of Mod Podge over the image and exposed tile boarder, then let dry for an hour. Repeat 2 – 3 more times.

5. Mod Podge is water soluble, so to make sure your coasters can stand up to condensation you’ll need to spray with clear sealant and let dry for 24 hours. Mod Podge makes such a product, but you can use any acrylic matte spray sealant from the craft or hardware store.

6. Finally, affix adhesive felt pads to the underside corners of your picture-perfect tiles.

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  1. by Brittney on April 4, 2014  12:13 pm Reply

    Hi Catherine, I love this and really want to try it! I just wanted to know where I can purchase the matte Mod Podge and Mod Podge sealant spray?
    Thanks for the idea!


    • by Catherine on April 15, 2014  6:03 am Reply

      Hi Brittney, I bought the matte Mad Podge at my local Spotlight craft store, and the spray sealant at Bunnings. (It wasn't Mod Podge brand, but that didn't seem to matter). x Catherine

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