How to make vintage tile coasters

Transform plain tiles into a set of vintage-look floral coasters

How to make vintage tile coasters

These patterned, vintage-style coasters are so easy to create, and make the perfect handmade gift. Here’s how to make them…

You will need:

  • Plain ceramic tiles
  • Ceramic paints or patterned paper (wallpaper, origami paper or wrapping paper)
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Semi Gloss Finish Spray
  • Felt
  • Tailor’s chalk

Step 1

First, protect your work surface and the area you’re working in. Use sandpaper to rub away any rough edges from the tile and then clean it. If you’re painting a floral design, paint it in layers, leaving each one to dry before adding the next. If you’re using patterned paper, first lay the paper face down onto your surface, then place the tile on top. Draw around the tile using pencil. Measure 0.5cm inside the pencil line and draw another line going all the way around the tile. Cut out the paper around this inside line.

Step 2

Next, place the patterned paper on top of the tile, pattern side up; the paper should be slightly smaller than the tile with a small border of tile showing. Trim more if needed. Coat the tile with a layer of PVA glue, then stick the patterned paper on top, smoothing out any bumps. Leave to dry for about 30 minutes, then paint the tile and paper with another coat of PVA glue. Leave overnight to dry completely. Gather all your painted or paper-covered tiles and spray with clear gloss finish and leave to dry.

Step 3

Once the decorated tiles are dry, place one onto a piece of felt and draw around it with tailor’s chalk. Cut out the felt and stick it to the bottom of the tile using PVA glue. Trim away any overhanging felt to finish, and repeat for all tiles.


Project by Claire Watkins