This unicorn tile coaster DIY project was originally created by Adrianne Surian for the Core’dinations Core blog.
This spring try making your very own coaster DIY project! You don’t have to go with a unicorn theme of course; choose the most magical theme that appeals to your style and home decor, or a theme that a friend or family member would love and give these as a gift!
Unicorn Tile Coaster DIY Project Supplies:
- Core’dinations Pastels Cardstock.
- Darice Paper Trimmer.
- Sizzix Big Shot, Cutting Pads, and Majestic Unicorn Bigz Die.
- Ceramic Tiles – 4.5 Sq. Inch (Set of 4).
- Darice 4 inch Cork Coasters (Set of 4).
- Mod Podge (Matte).
- Darice Foam Brush
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
- Toothpick or Craft Stick.
- Heavy-duty Adhesive like E6000.
Step 1. Trim your papers to 4.25 square inches, just slightly smaller than the size of your ceramic tile. Since home improvement tiles have curved edges, you want to adhere the paper to the flat top of the tile, rather than having it curve over the edges.
Step 2. Die-cut your shape of choice using your cutting machine. The Sizzix Big Shot is perfect for this project – just center your die on the paper, sandwich it between the cutting pads, and roll it through to cut your shape. You can also use your favorite die cutting machine as well; this project will work with any electronic or manual cutting machine!
Step 3. Use Mod Podge to adhere your paper to your tile. If you don’t work with Mod Podge often, here are a few tips. First, coat the back of your paper with a generous coat. Give it a few moments for the adhesive to soak into the paper – you’ll know it’s ready when the paper begins to curve, expanding slightly. Next, position it on the tile, and press it down firmly – especially at the edges of the paper and around your die cut shape. Finally, give the whole tile a light coat of Mod Podge, wiping up any pools or puddles that may have seeped out from underneath the paper. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes, and give it a light second coat.
Step 4. Use Dimensional Magic to make your die-cut shape really shine. Without shaking the bottle and creating bubbles, “draw” along the edges of your die-cut shape. The thickness of the cardstock will keep the Dimensional Magic from seeping out onto the paper-covered parts of the coaster. For the fine details, you can use a toothpick to “drag” the Dimensional Magic right to the edges. If you get any bubbles during this step, they will be trapped and dry that way, so try to pop them with your toothpick.
Step 5. Allow the coasters to dry for several hours – I typically leave mine overnight. Then, adhere the cork tiles to the bottom of the ceramic tiles with a heavy-duty adhesive like E6000 or Elmer’s Pro Bond. The cork will protect your tables from the underside of the ceramic tiles, which can be rough when you use inexpensive home improvement tiles.
Step 6. Allow them to dry for a few more hours and then your unicorn tile DIY coasters are ready to go! They’re perfect for your own home and also make great housewarming gifts!
If you enjoyed making this unicorn tile coaster DIY project, give these gorgeous glitter-covered coasters a try!