DIY Weekend Project: Polaroid Coasters

If you like making stuff and have lots of photos you’d like to do things with, this is the DIY project for you.

If you like making stuff and have lots of photos you’d like to do things with, this is the DIY project for you.

Things You’ll Need

  • 4″×4″ white ceramic tiles
  • 9″×3″ photos
  • Glue
  • A sponge brush to apply the glue
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Small felt circles
  • A fair bit of Patience

Let’s get to work:

Step 1: Pick out a set of photos you like. Print them. Print more than you think you’ll need. Better to be safe than sorry. Tip: Photos with Instagram filters look the best for this project.

Step 2: Trim the printed photos down to 3.25 x 3.75″

Step 3: Clean and dry your ceramic tile. Tip: It may not be a bad idea to ‘rough up’ the surface of your tile with some sandpaper. It helps the photos stick better.

Step 4: Using your sponge brush, paint a thin coat of glue on the back of each photo.

Step 5: Carefully place the photo on your ceramic tile, leaving about 1/4″ border around the top and two sides, and about 1″ border at the bottom.

Step 6: Smooth down the photo with a credit card or something similar. Take care not to let the photo slide around on the tile too much. Let it dry.

Step 7: Next, apply a thin layer of glue over the entire tile, photo included. Make sure you’re using even, straight brush strokes, since these will still be somewhat visible on the final product. Let it dry.

Repeat two or three more times until you have a good strong coat on top of your photo.

Let it dry between each coat.

Once it has dried, let it dry some more.

Step 8: Spray the tile with a coat of the Clear Acrylic spray. This will make the surface of the coaster smooth and water resistance.

Step 9: Stick the felt pads on the underside of tile to protect your tabletops.

Wait 48-72 hours before placing cold liquids on your tile.


Source: Darkroom and Dearly

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.


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