I like to create memory art after we travel. Example A: Italy Memory Art. Our recent trip to Seattle coincided with me getting my hands on an iphone, which means I was able to document our vacation with vintage-looking square-shaped photos. Awesome. I immediately knew that I wanted to make coasters out of them! We’ve been needing some new coasters anyway.
- 4×4″ Square Tiles ($0.16 each at the Home Depot)
- 4″ Printed Instagram Photos
- Mod Podge (Michael’s)
- Paint Brush or Foam Brush (Michael’s)
- Felt Sheets (Michael’s)
- Acrylic Sealer (Michael’s)
Before we get started, there are three ways to print your Instagram photos. You could order them online from some fancy (a.k.a. expensive) specialty Instagram printing company. You could print them from your computer onto photo paper (not copy paper, as this will not hold up to the Mod Podge). Or, if you don’t have a nice printer with photo paper, you can print them from your favorite photo shop. This final option takes a little editing before you can send them off. I had to add a thick white border on Picnik (my favorite online photo editing software), then crop to a 4×6 so that the 4″ square Instagram photo could easily but cut to size after printing. Here is a quick screen shot of the editing process:
Ok, let’s get started!
1. Lay the tiles out on some newspaper and cover them in a light coat of Mod Podge.
2. Place pictures on the tiles. Let sit for about an hour.
3. Paint over the surface of the picture and tile edges with Mod Podge. Let dry and repeat this process at least 2 more times. As you can see, mine is streaky and imperfect because I used an old paint brush with issues, but I like it that way. If you want yours nice and smooth with minimal imperfections, you should use a brand new foam brush.
4. Apply an acrylic sealer to the finished surface. This step is crucial, as it makes the surface waterproof. If you skip this step, the Mod Podge will turn back into glue as soon as anything wet touches it.
5. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the bottom of the coaster, then attach a square piece of felt. Let dry.
6. Apply MANY coats of acrylic sealer. When you think you have enough, test out one coaster for a little while. If you see any water marks, dry it off and keep applying that sealer. It’ll work eventually!
That’s it! Enjoy you’re new Instagram coasters!!!