Tile Coasters

by Gina Krupsky

Create a set of coasters or trivets for gift giving.


  • Stazon Ink© in black and colors of your choice

  • Background stamps

  • Main image stamps

  • Sponge daubers

  • Porous tiles from your home improvement store

  • Felt pads


  1. Step 1

    Begin by inking up your large background stamp with black Stazon™ ink and stamp your tile. Use a generous amount of pressure.

    Don’t worry if your result is somewhat blotchy. This will give your tile an antique worn look!

  2. Step 2

    Stamp your main image using black Stazon™ Ink. Again, make sure you use a considerable amount of pressure.

    Allow the image to dry for about 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Using colored Stazon™ ink and a sponge dauber, begin to dab color onto your image. Do not rub, just dab.

  4. Step 4

    Use a second color to add depth. Allow the coaster to dry for about 10 minutes.

  5. Finished Front of coaster.

  6. Step 5

    Add four small or medium felt pads to the corners of the underside of each coaster to protect furniture during use. These felt pads are available at your home improvement store as well.

  7. Step 6

    Make these in sets of four and group them together to give as gifts.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tile Coasters. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Marg, you said you "painted" them after you baked them. What did you use to paint them and what kind of ink to stamp? and what kind of sealer did you use? Have you used them for hot or cold drinks or tried wiping them down with any water or anything to see if the design held?

I've made mine in the past with Stazon and/or SU Craft Ink. I've baked for 30 min at 300, and never used a sealer on them. They've been just fine for a couple years now except for one cola or coffee ring on the whitest tile. Didn't affect the stamping, just soaked into the tile. I may still get it out, haven't tried too hard.
Melody  |  Fri Dec 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM
I am planning on doing this as a project for a mission trip-for kids ages 8-12. I was hoping to get the non-porous ceramic tiles and have them stamp on it with Stazon. Possibly color with sharpies. Do you think since it would be on nonporous material it would need baked or sealed? Please reply asap as I leave on June 30th and need to know.
Thankyou very much-MerryMary
Mary H Dale  |  Sun May 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM
Michaels and AcMoore sell smooth NON porous tiles for just this thing!....Try a Home depot and see if they have an open box (cheap)...if it's open no one wants it anyway! Good luck!
Susanne527  |  Sun May 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM
Mary, why do you specifically want to do these on NON-porous tiles? I'm not sure if the StazOn or Sharpies will be permanent on those. Gina, who did this tutorial, and I both used POROUS tiles and Stazon ink, and I also did some where I stamped with StazON and colored in the design with SU Craft ink. I baked mine, she did not, neither of us used any sealers. No problem with them.

Your best bet would be to try the tiles and inks you plan to use, and allow some time for testing this out before you need to do them. It's fast, easy. If you don't get the results you want with the first ones, try other types. If you want to bake them but can't at the camp, carefully try a heat gun yourself, but I wouldn't recommend letting the kids use the heat gun.

Are you travelling by car with the tiles? If you are flying, you should know that they are very heavy and luggage limitations are awful these days.

Good luck with the project.
Melody  |  Mon May 31, 2010 at 12:27 PM
Why is everyone trying to make this so hard? I've been doing them for years. Once when I smeared the stamp, I tried to remove the staz-on with everything I had (including staz-on remover). Nothing worked! I used to spray mine, but from now on will just stamp, add cork to the bottom and go! It's the easiest item you will ever do, and everyone needs coasters!
Brenda  |  Fri Jun 11, 2010 at 6:40 AM
Can you use a regular white tile to make this coaster. If so, I do use the stazon ink, would I need to stray something on the tile?

Please let me know.

Thanks, for your help
Sharon  |  Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 6:06 PM
Not sure what you mean by "regular" white tile. They are pretty inexpensive, so get one and try it. I would use staz on, and see if it worked that way, with no spray. Several weeks ago I ran across a 12" x 12" polished pink marble, stamped a huge triangle stamp of lilies on the corners, and it is now my trivit when I take things out of the oven or on the table. I didn't spray it. BEAUTIFUL!!!
Brenda  |  Sun Jul 25, 2010 at 6:12 AM
i have worked with the 4x4 white bath tiles from Home Depot. I think they were around 13 cents. I had the kids use sharpies to "draw" their designs. Didn't need to bake and they were so proud of themselves. Grandma & Grandpa loved them as well. This is a great project to do with large groups of kids. Even the adults wanted to make them. Have Fun!!
kerrskreations  |  Sat Oct 2, 2010 at 4:20 PM
I made these using the 4x4 tiles from Home Depot. I would stamp the image with Staz-On then I would take the versamark stamp pad and stamp the entire tile with it and then I would color my images using chalks. Because of the stickiness of the versamark ink the chalk would stay on with no problem and I would even use my finger to smudge the chalk in big places. I would then seal them with the Krylon Matte Finish spray. I've had mine for over six years and they have the same vibrant color. Enjoy.
Miggie  |  Thu Oct 14, 2010 at 12:23 PM
Great idea to use the versamark and the chalk, Miggie. I just wouldn't use too much sealer as this makes the tiles not soak up the condensation. Wonder what would happen if you just left it alone and let it dry, without sealant?
Brenda  |  Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM
This is a perfect Mothers day gift. Thanks for sharing the idea.
Epoxy Flooring Brisbane  |  Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 6:42 AM
I am having a terrible time with these tiles...I followed the directions precisely..no baking..when they were dry, I sealed them with an acrilyic sealer,let them dry overnight and the next day,I tested them by putting a wet glass on them..........everything peeled right off....like you were peeling a sunburn...help...I love this project and it has so much potential for gift giving....I want to be able to do them correctly...please help
Ellie  |  Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 7:43 AM
It sounds like you used glazed tiles to begin with. You will need to look for tumbled (unglazed) tiles for this technique.
beate  |  Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 7:48 AM
I can't imagine what happened unless, as beate said, you've used glazed tile or perhaps you have used a tile that is NOT a natural tile, but is a man-made tile. I was told not to use these. Try it again, but be sure to get a tumbled natural tile. The opportunities are endless!
Brenda  |  Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM
I looked at Menards today and the only tumbled porous tile they had was marble at $5 a pop!! That can't be what you are using. Where are you finding these for less than a $1!? I would love to try these!!

Ronna Conseen  |  Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM
I get mine at Lowe's. They are in stock and you can get as many or as few as you want. When in doubt, ask a sales clerk. Just be sure they are natural and unsealed.
Brenda  |  Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 9:08 AM
Got mine at Home Depot last year. $6 for 9 tiles. But NOT in the tile design department -- go to the do-it-yourself tile area, usually on the bottom shelves. They are in white boxes labeled as 4" x 4" Travertine, made in Turkey, but with no brand name. Be sure to check thru the boxes to make sure none are broken and they are a color you want. I can probably find a barcode on an old box if you need it. Good Luck.
Melody  |  Sun Jul 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Melody is absolutely right! They are in the do it yourself section, and somewhat hidden, just like at Lowe's. Also, be sure to look through the box. They don't even mind if you swap out some good ones for some that are not desirable - well, at least they have never said anything to me about it! He he!
Brenda  |  Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM
The DIY section is where I found the ones at Menards. I will check HD and Lowes next time I am there. I did find some that were called travertine, but they weren't very pretty. And they were dark. Thanks for all the input!! Can't wait to try them out!
Ronna Conseen  |  Fri Jul 29, 2011 at 8:04 AM
Hi! I love the stamps you used for this project. Would you please share whose they are?
Lyn Lanning  |  Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM

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