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How To; Angels Christmas Tile Coasters

imageI’ve been doing a series of these up-cycled kitchen tiles as coasters, coinciding with the Church feasts. I’d bought a basket of salvaged kitchen tiles and as a result I’ve been able to make lost of seasonal makes with an Art Nouveau theme, bringing the faith to life. 

There will be some more projects for Easter and All Saints (the former was my first project, as you’ll see from the images below), so if you want to hit the subscribe button you can get a heads up in those times. 

On the whole it’s been a very satisfying project and so I wanted to share them with you here along with a free Printout to use.

Throughout I’ve used waterslide decals, so they’re easy to make and inexpensive as you don’t need specialised equipment. Just check whether your printer is an inkjet or laser printer, then buy the appropriate type of waterslide decal sheets. I often buy mine in packs of twenty as they’re cheaper that way and I do a lot of these projects. I can’t afford a fancy machine and I find I get good results with these; they work out at about 1€ per sheet – that’s about six tiles.

The printout were made for square tiles, but if you have rectangular ones you could always use a striking spray paint on the tile as a background and centre the decal in the middle.

With these Christmas angel ones I’ve used snippets of famous carols as part of the design. I hope you like them.

These are the steps I took to make them a holiday must have.

Wash them

Obvious, I know, but if you want this project to go well best to start with a clean slate.

Spray them

Spray them with something to cover the yuck. I chose a white primer to ensure it adhered well. Spray them about three times for good coverage and ensure you do the sides too. Leave them for about ten minute between each coat and get on with something else. After the third coat I left them for about half an hour to make sure they were properly cured, I didn’t need longer because of the type of paint.

Apply the decals

Add the decals using your pack instructions, but I’m also posting a how to today separately as I know this is a craft we can go back to in future.

Varnish them

I used this acrylic varnish..

I spread it on in three thickish layers. It has a gluey, modge podge consistency. It looked like this directly after being applied ( this is an image of the Easter coasters I’ve already sone that I’ll share going into hat season)

You can see just how thick it is. I left each layer about one to two hours to dry before applying the next layer.

If you want, apply some spray varnish

This comes down to whether you want a matt or shiny finish, at least with the acrylic varnish I used because it’s a matt finish. However, it is waterproof so I may debating whether to just leave the rest matt as I feel it give some it a more rustic, vintage feel.

Apply a felt pad to protect surfaces

Draw round the outside of the tile with a pen as close as possible to the edge. Then cut the shape out and apply it to tiles base with some strong, spray fabric adhesive. I’ve had this one for years and it’s brilliant.

If you find that the fabric is a little too big in places you can trim it using the edge of the tile as a guide.

Cure them

I’m putting mine in a dry space until Gaudette Sunday weekend, but I’d suggest for about a week at least, as they’re going to have hot, possibly wet, drinking receptacles on them and I want to ensure they are fully cured.

You can find the download of the Printout to use here.

And here is the finished product….

As always I’d love to hear your comments and feedback, but in the meantime….

God bless!

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