Small 4×4 tiles are easy to turn into coasters.
Do you remember this box of tiles I got at a yard sale?
I decoupaged some small calendars on some of them last year.
But today’s project is not about decoupaging.
For this project I used:
- DecoArt (Americana) Gloss Enamels (black)
- Cutting Edge Stencils Fleur-de-lis stencil
- makeup sponge
- paint brushes
- ScotchBlue painter’s tape
- cork dots
I gathered my materials.
DecoArt recommends cleaning your glass (tiles) with alcohol.
I chose to use a makeup sponge to apply my paint.
I put a little puddle of paint in a tray and taped down my stencil.
I’m not very good with stencils. I rolled some painter’s tape to help hold the stencil down.
The makeup sponge gave a funny texture to the paint.
I decided to go over the entire area with the paint using a paint brush. Jamie’s Andy gave me two sets of really nice paint brushes for Christmas!
Next came the hard part! DecoArt recommends waiting 48 hours before setting the paint by baking it in the oven. Have I ever told you how impatient I am?
The directions from DecoArt:
Allow to air cure for 21 days or allow painted project to dry 48 hours. Place in cold oven; set temperature at 325 degrees; bake 30 minutes; turn off oven and crack open door. Allow project to cool down before removing. NOTE: Not for direct contact with food.
I put the tiles on a stoneware (Pampered Chef) because I was a little worried about heating up the tiles. If you’ve used stoneware you know that it keeps a constant temperature and doesn’t overheat like a metal cookie sheet does. I also chose to lay the tiles on scraps of tin foil.
I applied some cork dots to the back of the tiles.
Here they are all tied up looking pretty!
It also looks great displayed on an easel until you need to use it as a coaster!
Have you ever seen my small easels made from drapery hooks?