Craft Saturday – Photo Coaster

Good Saturday to you!!

I’m a semi-crafty photographer; I’d like to think my house would be full of cute, fun
things I made if only I had more time! I’ve previously tried making coasters with scrapbook paper and was very interested to try making photo-coasters. So, I grabbed a friend, Colleen, (who ever so wonderfully picked up the items I was missing) and a Coca-Cola and we got to work trying a variety of techniques! We tried making coasters with tissue paper, photo paper and regular paper.

Here are our thoughts:

First up – photos printed on tissue paper.
Colleen: I liked the distressed looking for flowers/abstract art, would not work for family
portraits or kids. Also might jam your printer!

Cate: VERY hard to get not-wrinkled, but the edges were wonderful compared to the
photo paper! Overall, this is my second place material. It did seriously jam up my
printer – took forever to get it all out. Be careful to tape the edge of tissue paper to your
cardstock really well!

Second – photos on photo paper.
Colleen: Didn’t stick to the coaster well, popped up a lot – takes a lot more modge podge. Maybe perfectly flat coasters wouldn’t be bad but it’s hard to get the corners right, sticks up. Best photo quality.

Cate: Reminds me the most of scrapbook paper, the edges stick out and it’s very clear if
the edge’s aren’t perfect.

Third – photos on regular printer paper.
Colleen: Hard to get straight line if cutting, ripped look was nice. Stuck the best without
getting all the wrinkles of the tissue paper. You get the good quality of photo paper with
the ease of tissue paper.

Cate: My favorite material! It gets soft and pliable with the modge podge but seems to be better at not succumbing to the wrinkles. We discovered a great way of solving the edge problem – rip them! It gives the coaster a great distressed/shabby chic look. By far both of our favorite coasters.

Top is tissue paper, bottom is normal printer paper, right is photo paper.


Tile coasters 4”x4” (check the edges so they’ll look good!)
Modge Podge
Top coat sealer
Photos on paper
Foam paint brush
Felt pad stickers

How To:

Step One – print photo on your desired material and cut photo down to 4”x4” size.
Step Two – use foam brush to spread a thin layer of modge podge over the coaster
Step Three – smooth photo onto coaster, work to keep photo lined up and the material
Step Four – gently pull the foam brush over the photo to seal corners and put a protective
coat over the photo. Let dry.
Step Five – take to a well-ventilated area, place on cardboard and spray sealant. Let dry
and repeat.

Step Six – once the coaster is well protected and dry, put felt stickers on the bottom of the coaster and enjoy!!

What material are you going to try? What type of photos? Be sure to share your successes and brilliant ideas!


Craft Saturday – Guest Post! | Madison, WI Photographer

This morning we have a great guest post by Alisha Norman of Norman Photography! Love her tutorial – check out the blog! Located in Killeen, TX.

And without further ado, I give you…. Alisha.

The set up :

My mother is really getting the best out of our tutorials lately.  This is the second project I’ve done at her home this month and it goes really nicely with the last collage we completed.  I saw this antique window behind her shed and thought it had potential for a display.  Being a photographer, I spend so much time taking pictures for others that I’ve got in trouble lately with my mom for not printing out any new pictures of the grandkids for her.

So, we set the window up on her island and decided what size prints we needed.  I knew I wanted to use wire to hang the prints with clips so they’d be easy to change out occasionally.  After the prints came in, completing the project took a mere 5-7 minutes.  We strung the wire (simple picture hanging wire), used a staple gun to secure it, attached the prints, and hung!  Super simple and since I already had all the needed supplies, the project only cost me what I paid for the prints.

The Clips Used

Close up of securing the wires.

Secured the wires (back view)

The great thing about a project using antique items you may already own is that you create more character in your home and you don’t have to shop and pay for anything!  This window came from the house my great grandmother lived in and we didn’t have to paint or sand it at all.  You can even decorate it further by attaching ribbon, bows, vinyl lettering, ect.  The possibilities really are endless!