We moved a few years ago. And at my going away party, a friend handed me a set of four coasters. One had a map showing the town where we lived, and another one had a map showing where we were moving to. It was the sweetest, most thoughtful gift. And I completely treasure them. The best part? She made them. And now I’m going to show you how to make them as well!
I’ve given these DIY custom coasters from maps as Christmas gifts, housewarming and hostess gifts, and they are always well received (even though they cost less than $2 each to make…shhhh…that’s a secret). *This post contains affiliate links. Please read our full disclosure policy HERE.*
To start, check out this quick video tutorial. You may not need any more than this to get this easy DIY project done!
If you prefer the “old fashioned” way, here are the directions 🙂
4×4 tile(s) (they should be LESS than $1 each)
clear acrylic spray (matte or gloss finish, whichever you prefer)
how to make DIY custom coasters from maps:
1. Cut desired area of map with scissors.
Find the area of the map you’d like to place on your 4×4 tile. Trace the tile over that area of the map, then cut your outlined section out with scissors.
2. Modge Podge (or glue) tile.
Using your craft or foam brush, place a layer of glue onto the front of your tile. Place your map section on top, and smooth out wrinkles and bubbles starting from the center, and working toward the edges. Use your fingers, a credit card, even a rubber spatula could work. Just don’t press too hard or you may rip your map.
3. Glue down edges.
Dip a finger into some Modge Podge (or Elmer’s glue) to help affix edges/corners of your map to the tile. Be liberal with the glue.
4. Smooth layer of glue over top of map.
This is how we get that finished (and water resistant) look and seal on the top of the coaster. Using your craft or foam brush, apply a liberal layer of glue/Modge Podge on top of your mapped tile. Use nice, fluid brush strokes, and get a even coat over top of the entire tile and edges. Again, be liberal with the glue. It will dry clear.
5. Let dry.
This is an easy step, right? Go get some ice cream.
6. Spray with acrylic sealant.
Once the Modge Podge is dry, spray your tile with acrylic sealant. You can use matte or gloss sheen, whichever you prefer. I recommend acrylic sealant over polyurethane because it won’t yellow (plus, the poly smell is atrocious…not that the sealant doesn’t also have an odor, so do this outside). Make sure you seal those edges! Allow to dry once again before moving on to the next step.
7. Cut felt backing.
Find a cup, or square object just a tad smaller than the size of your tile.
Use it as a template to trace and cut out a piece of felt that will serve as a soft backing for the coaster.
8. Hot glue felt to bottom of tile.
Glue one side, then attach to bottom of tile.