Make Coasters Using Travel Photos: DIY Travel Photo Coasters

DIY Travel Photo Coaster Tiles

I love decoupage, but I hadn’t tried it myself and wanted to start simply. The opportunity arose when a friend didn’t have coasters and wanted ones that reminded her of her home country. I was surprised to find how easy the project was and how well it turned out. So I made my own, using photos from our travels. Here’s how you can make coasters, using travel photos, too.

Note: This post was last updated May 27, 2021.

Materials, Supplies, and Tools

Materials, supplies, and tools to make DIY Travel Photo Coasters
Materials, supplies, and tools to make DIY Travel Photo Coasters
  • Ceramic tiles (4.25″X4.25″
  • Electronic travel photos
  • Thicker, glossy printer paper
  • Cutting mat, cutting utensil, and ruler
  • Water-based glue, sealer & finish
  • A foam applicator

Preparing the Travel Photos

4-inch by 6-inch copies of travel photos printed on glossy paper
4-inch by 6-inch copies of travel photos printed on glossy paper

I purchased my friend’s coasters at a thrift store, found tiles online, and cleaned both before applying glue.

I selected electronic photos to use and printed 4”x6” copies on thicker, glossy printer paper.

Printed travel photo cropped into a 4-inch by 4-inch square
Printed travel photo cropped into a 4-inch by 4-inch square

 

Using the cutting mat, cutting utensil, and ruler, I cropped each photocopy into 4”x4” squares.

Decoupaging the Travel Photos

Decoupage glue poured onto a ceramic tile and spread out evenly with a foam applicator
Decoupage glue poured onto a ceramic tile and spread out evenly with a foam applicator

I poured a nickle-size amount of glue on a tile and spread it out evenly, using the foam applicator.

Decoupaging a 4-inch by 4-inch travel photo square onto a ceramic tile
Decoupaging a 4-inch by 4-inch travel photo square onto a ceramic tile

Then, I placed a 4”x4” square on the tile and smoothed it over, pressing down any air bubbles and removing any excess glue. I repeated these steps, using the remaining tiles & squares, and allowed them to dry.

After at least 30 minutes, I poured another nickle-size amount of glue on each tile, spread it out evenly, and allowed the tiles to dry completely.

Finishing the Coasters

A finished set of DIY Travel Photo Coasters
A finished set of DIY Travel Photo Coasters

The glue is also a sealer & finish, but a spray can be used, too. Backing, such as cork, can also be added to the bottoms. The tiles can be used as coasters, displayed on a stand, or hung.

Now, you know how to make coasters, using travel photos, too. You can use pictures from a travel calendar if the paper is thin enough, as well. Have fun with this project indoors and enjoy your creation!

A pin of coasters made using photos from travels: fans in Spain, circular formation in Peru, black and white sidewalk in Brazil, and blue and white tile in Turkey

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2 thoughts on “Make Coasters Using Travel Photos: DIY Travel Photo Coasters

  1. A simple and easy technique to add value to your kitchen table and upcycle some photos whilst re-living memories. Well done!

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