The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved:
Kid made gifts that showcase artwork and can also serve a functional purpose are some of my favorite things to have my kids create for Mother’s Day. I have seen several DIY tile coaster tutorials on Pinterest that looked simple, so we decided to adapt the idea a bit to include kid artwork and designs and make some special coasters for the grandmothers this year.
I did this project with several ages of kids/teenagers in addition to my own. It was fun to see the different results. I think this project is best for kids ages 6 and up, though younger children could definitely do the project with more adult supervision.
- ceramic tiles (I got glass ones for $2/tile at Home Depot and then found white ceramic ones for 16 cents/tile at Lowes, since Home Depot was out)
- scrapbook paper and colored cardstock
- paper cutter or scissors
- paint (we used washable kid paint)
- Mod Podge
- Spray adhesive
- Clear acrylic sealer
- any other painting tools
- felt (we used black)
1. Cut paper into different sizes. We used 2×2 squares and 4×4 squares.
2. Use paint and various tools to create designs on some of the plain pieces of cardstock.
3. Let the painted designs dry and then decide how you want to use them to create your coasters.
I loved all these different variations. You could also use markers and stickers or cut paper into different designs to make these even more fun.
4. Cover the surface of the tile with one layer of Mod Podge.
5. Adhere the painted paper and other designed cardstock pieces to the top of the tile.
6. Let it dry.
7. Add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the cardstock paper. Let it dry and then repeat. You want to do at least 2-3 layers of Mod Podge. If the layers don’t dry in between each coat then the paper will bubble up.
8. After the Mod Podge dries, cut a 4×4 square of felt and use the spray adhesive to adhere the felt to the bottom of the tile.
9. Once everything is dry, spray the top of the tiles with a clear acrylic sealer to finish off the tiles and make them waterproof.
10. Wrap up the tiles or tie them together with a ribbon and a card and they are ready to give as a simple Mother’s Day gift (or a great gift for your favorite teacher as you finish the school year).
Here are a few other homemade Mother’s Day gifts I want to try out:
The Mom Book via Real Simple
Water Color Coffee Filter Flowers via Hands On: As We Grow
FIMO Flower cards via Red Ted Art
What do you typically give as a gift for Mother’s Day? If you are a mom, what do your children typically give to you?
|Kristina is a mom of 2 and a former Special Ed teacher for children with communication disabilities. She blogs at Toddler Approved as she looks for ways to make life a little more fun and creative with her kids while embedding learning into everything that she does. Kristina tweets as @ToddlerApproved and can be found on FB and Pinterest.|