How To: Use decorative paper napkins to make tile coasters

Use decorative paper napkins to make tile coasters

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With the help of some 4-inch square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy. Learn how to use decorative paper napkins to make tile coasters. To make this set of four coasters, you'll need the following:

* 4-4" square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
* Mod Podge (I used the Matte-Mat)
* small paint brush
* polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
* decorative paper napkins
* Squares of thin cork or felt, both available at your local craft store
* Water-proof glue, like E-6000
* A foam or stiff bristle brush to apply the water-proof glue

First, brush the tile tops and their edges with a coat of Mod Podge.

UNFOLD your napkin and find a pretty spot on it, center the image on your tile and then apply them to the tile, making sure you fold the napkin down to cover the edges. DO NOT worry about wrinkles!! They just add character to your coaster!!! Also, you might find it easier to cut your paper napkin into more manageable pieces before applying them to the tiles.

Wait 3 to 5 minutes and then carefully rip away the excess paper napkin, pulling downward as you tear.

After the Mod Podge is COMPLETELY dry, you can address the edges. Leaving them ripped, gives them a 'hand painted' look. If you want a more polished look, use a bit of sandpaper to sand off the napkin from the edges.

Then, apply three coats of polyurethane to the tops and the sides of the tile, letting it dry completely between coats, of course.

See the full instructions!

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