Are you looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or Father’s Day gift from kids that is simple enough for your little ones to make at school and requires very little prep?! Well, look no further! My clever teammate came up with the best idea! These hand drawn DIY tile coasters are super easy to make and super adorable! Your students’ parents are sure to cherish them forever!
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DIY TILE COASTER SUPPLIES
First, you’ll need to gather your supplies. For this craft, we used Daltile 4.25 x 4.25 ceramic tiles from Home Depot, but any ceramic tiles will do. Ours were $16 for a case of 100, and we split them between four classrooms. You’ll also need a few ultra fine black Sharpie markers, as well as some colored pencils and Modge Podge. I chose to add felt pads to the bottom of our coasters, but you could always skip this step. The total estimated cost per student was roughly 40 cents with the felt pads, and just under 20 cents without the felt pads… so the total for my entire class was less than $10!
DIY TILE COASTER STEPS
My students, first, drew a picture of themselves and their mother/guardian using the ultra fine black Sharpie marker. Then, they colored in the picture, words, and border using colored pencils. I instructed them to take their time and do their best work because these were going to be a special gift. Kid drawing is seriously my favorite!
Then, I centered the square Mother’s Day template on the tile. I started by aligning the top two corners, and then rubbed down across the paper. This helps prevent the paper from bubbling.
Last, I waited just a bit for the Modge Podge to dry before covering the paper square and tile with another thin layer of Modge Podge. Too much Modge Podge tended to cause air bubbles.
After the Modge Podge had dried, I sprayed the top of the DIY tile coaster with a sealer. You could totally skip this step if you know that there won’t be anything wet touching the coasters.
Before sending the DIY tile coasters home, I added some felt pads to the bottom. This step isn’t completely necessary, but will definitely help prevent scratching.
Just look at the finished product! Aren’t they adorable?!
DIY TILE COASTER TEMPLATE
If you’d like to have your kiddos make these adorable tiles, you can grab the template below! I’ve included templates for mom and dad, as well as a generic template that can be used for any special person.
DON’T FORGET IT… PIN IT
You can find more easy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day crafts on my Pinterest board.
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