Tile Coasters

Tile Coasters ~ Done with Sharpies

A Tutorial

Well, here is is, the very first of my tutorials.  I've started with these lovely Tile Coasters that you can make using tiles and sharpies.  These are a ton of fun to make and super easy, and only use a few supplies to make them.  The key to my tile coasters is Engine Enamel.  Engine Enamel is something that you would normally use on cars, to paint the engine of a car. I don't know why you would want to do this, but you can get a ton of different colours or it can be in clear.  It's the clear engine enamel that you want to purchase from your local car shop.  Make sure that you follow the specific instructions on the engine enamel that your purchase.  You want to make sure that you put enough on your tiles so that you protect your design and it won't later start to run or smudge.  I learned this lesson the hard way, so I'm hoping that you can learn from my mistakes.  Using Engine Enamel, as opposed to Mod Podge, allows you to place hot beverages on your tiles and not have them be sticky and tacky.  Mod Podge isn't heat resistant, but engine enamel is heat resistant up to 260°C.  

Group Project Setup

These tiles are so much fun to make, easy very easy to do as a group project, and I know this from experience.  They also make fantastic wedding/birthday/house warming gifts.  I have actually made some for all three events.  You can also theme them up if you wanted to.  Maybe some Harry Potter House Colours or if you know the colours for the wedding you are attending, use those.  There are so many ideas of what you can do, and the best part is because the rubbing alcohol changes everything around, you don't need to be an artist.  If you can put scribbles with a pen onto a piece of paper, you can make these super cool tile coasters.  They would also be a wonderful (supervised) project for kids.  The reason I say supervised is because you need to use sharpies to make these, so you would want to keep an eye on young kids that they don't colour themselves, the floors, the walls (as I've been told children do this type of thing)  If they do, apply rubbing alcohol liberally to the drawn on area and the sharpie should come away.  Magic Erasers are also fantastic for markings on walls.

Final Tiles From Group Project

So without further ado, here are the instructions for making your very own Tiled Coasters and if you scroll to the very bottom, you will find the instructions downloadable as a PDF for easy reference, or to give out at the end of a group project so people can make them again.  

Materials Needed

  • Tiles
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Sharpies (Variety of Colours)
  • Eye Dropper
  • Toothbrush
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Foam Brush
  • Felt
  • Mod Podge
  • Engine Enamel



1) Wipe the dust off of your tiles.

2) Cut Felt to desired size, you want to cover the bottom of the tile with felt and glue felt to tile with Mod Podge, you can use the foam brush or the popsicle stick to spread the Mod Podge around the bottom, making sure to reach the edges so your felt adheres all the way around..

3) Flip tile over and start to colour or draw a design with the sharpies.  The rubbing alcohol will spread the ink around, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t worry about drawing pictures. 

4) Once tile is coloured, use the eye dropper or toothbrush to add or flick rubbing alcohol onto the tile.  At this point you will see you colours starting to mix and swirl.  You can use your fingers or the popsicle stick to help move the alcohol along. Darker colours will overpower lighter colours ~ experiment with your colour choices.  If you don’t like what you’ve created you can still apply a liberal amount of rubbing alcohol at this point and wipe your tile clean to start again. (Note if you use your fingers, they will get stained, apply rubbing alcohol to help remove stain)

5) Once the rubbing alcohol is dried and you are happy with your design, colour the sides of your tiles using a sharpie. Be careful at this point, your design can be scratched.

6) Now that you’ve coloured the sides of your tile with a sharpie, use the Mod Podge and apply the Mod Podge with a brush only onto the sides of your tile.  This will protect the colour and sides of your tile.

7) Once the Mod Podge is dried then you can spray the top of your tile with Engine Enamel.  Follow the application instructions on the engine enamel as each brand is slightly different.  What the engine enamel does is to protect the sharpie design on your coaster AND allow you to put hot beverages on it.  

a) If you are doing this project with kids, or as a group, you can use Mod Podge on the top of the tile to protect your design.  However, this will make hot beverages stick a little bit when you use the coaster, just be careful when you pick up your mug as the coaster might come with it.

8) Once dried, you have a lovely tile coaster that can be use with both hot and cold beverages* enjoy! 
*If you used Engine Enamel

I hope that you enjoyed the very first tutorial I have written.  If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please let me know.  If you use my tutorial to make your very own Tile Coasters, I'd love to see your final results, you can email them to me at:  TheArtisanPenguin@gmail.com.

Teaser Tutorial

Abacus Bracelet

A number of years ago now I attend an event where we learned how to make an abacus bracelet.  The idea was that it would help you keep count for any crochet or knitting projects you were working on.  I had been wanting to make another one, so finally one day I decided to attempt to reverse engineer the bracelet I did have.  I made two of them.  One was for myself, using just some pretty blue beads and the other one was for a birthday present for a friend, using Harry Potter Hufflepuff House colours.

The reason I say this is a teaser tutorial is because I haven't actually written the tutorial yet, but it is one of the many tutorials I have floating around in my brain and one day will get written about.