DIY Ceramic Tile Coasters with Vinyl Lettering
These DIY ceramic tile coasters are a quick and fun Cricut craft project! This step by step tutorial shows you how!
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I love having festive decorations for the holidays and with my Cricut I end up making so many fun little projects that look so professional! I love how these Thanksgiving coasters came out! I’m so excited to show you how to make this super simple project.
Your first step is to decide what design to put on your coaster. Below is a list of places to look for cut files.
Where to find cut (SVG) files for the Cricut?
In addition to the Cricut Design Space you can purchase cut files in several places online to make really cute coasters!
When searching the sites I’ve got listed below make sure to type in SVG after your search term. SVG is the file format you’ll want to purchase to upload to the Cricut Design Space.
The file I used to make these Thanksgiving Coasters came from this Fall SVG Bundle
- Cricut Design Space– is always my go to first stop. When you get into design space and navigate to the left side menu “images” you can type in the search bar for specific words like Thanksgiving Quote, Thankful, etc. If Cricut doesn’t have something you love there are other websites that sell SVG files.
- Etsy– There are so many great designers who sell their SVG files on Etsy.
- Design Bundles– Another fun site that sells SVG files
- Craft Bundles– And yet another site that sells great SVG image files
Looking for the right file can be a little overwhelming since there are SO many options. I recommend thinking about exactly what you want and searching for more specific words like “Thanksgiving Quotes SVG” or “Hand Lettered Thanksgiving SVG” because if you just type in Thanksgiving you’ll get 426,000 options.
Supplies for DIY Ceramic Tile Coasters
The supplies for this project are pretty minimal, and if you’re a crafter I bet you have scrap vinyl laying around that you can use!
- Cricut Machine – I love my Cricut Maker and my Explore Air 2 before that! You could do this project with the new Cricut Joy or any of the explore series machines.
- Thankful & Blessed SVG Cut File– So many cute SVG files in this big bundle of images!
- Brown permanent vinyl– I love Expressions Vinyl for affordable and great quality vinyl for crafting
- 4″ Ceramic Tiles- You can get specific tile for crafting on Amazon or you can just pick up loose tiles at Home Depot or Lowe’s for like 20 cents each
- 3″ Cork Squares- You can buy precut cork specifically for tile coasters or you can cut your own from a roll of cork from the craft store.
- Transfer Tape– Transfer tape is a must!
- Mod Podge- I used the gloss mod podge for this project
- Craft Glue- Any type of tacky craft glue will work, hot glue would also work.
- Paint brush- A cheap 1″ foam brush will do the trick
- Cricut Weeder tool– I LOVE the Cricut weeder tool, it’s essential for vinyl projects.
- Cricut Spatula tool– A good spatula is also necessary to get the vinyl to stick to the transfer tape and the ceramic tile!
- Scissors– always have a trusty pair nearby. I love my Fiskars.
How to put vinyl lettering on ceramic tile
This project is so simple and will only take you about 20-30 minutes to make all 4 coasters. To apply the vinyl to the DIY ceramic tile coasters all you need is your cut vinyl lettering, transfer tape and a good spatula.
TIP FOR USING TRANSFER PAPER: When you are transferring cut vinyl with transfer tape I have found the best method is to rub the vinyl quite hard with a spatula or back of a ruler with the transfer tape stuck onto the front of the vinyl and then to peel the paper backing off directly backwards. In stead of pulling the paper backing at an upward angle try to pull it all the way backwards in kind of a rolling motion so the area where the cut vinyl is coming off is a fold. This really helps the letters come off of the paper and stay stuck onto either the transfer sheet or the tile.
How do you seal vinyl on DIY ceramic tile coasters
After you take the time to cut the vinyl and apply it to the ceramic tile you’ll want to make sure your vinyl doesn’t come off over time with cups and mugs being placed on top of it. We used Mod Podge with a Gloss finish to seal and coat the vinyl on these DIY ceramic coasters.
In this case the Mod Podge’s main job is to seal the vinyl to the tile so it doesn’t easily peel off with wear and tear. You might want to do 2-3 layers of Mod Podge for the best result.
Mod Podge is not waterproof it is water resistant so a few drops of water on your coaster will not affect the vinyl. Because our project uses vinyl, which is already water resistant you really don’t have to worry about water affecting the design.
- Upload the Thankful & Blessed SVG file to Design Space. In the top menu resize the image to 3.5” x 3.143” and then click “attach” in the bottom right hand menu. Select Make it in the top right corner of Design Space. When the new window opens with the project on the cutting mat in the top left corner select 4 project copies, so that it cuts them all at once.
- Cut a piece of vinyl to 8”x12” and apply to your mat. Cut your project.
- Use scissors to cut the 4 designs apart. Remove excess vinyl from each design, using the weeder tool to get in the tighter spots.
- Apply transfer tape over the weeded design, rub in with the spatula tool, and remove the backing from the vinyl. Apply design to the center of each coaster and use the spatula tool to rub the design onto the tile. Remove transfer tape from design.
- Apply glue to the cork board and press to the back of each tile.
- Apply a layer of ModPodge over the vinyl on the top of each finished tile. Let it dry and apply 2-3 layers of mod podge for extra coverage. This helps seal it better so condensation from glasses doesn’t ruin the vinyl on the coasters.
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