Nicolas Cage Disney Princess Coasters. What a mouthful. An amazing, amazing mouthful. I promise I’m not trying to make that sound dirty. (….okay. Maybe a little dirty.)
Today we’re digging into how to make mod podge coasters. You can use this method to make any coaster your heart desires, but we’re using these amazing Nic Cage as a Disney Princess images from Buzzfeed and the amazing Jen Lewis.
Why? Well, I guess Halloween is around the corner and this is sort of Nic Cage dressed up as princesses… but the real answer is that these are AWESOME. Much like Mr. Cage.
Get the Mod Podge coasters checklist!
- Free checklist (see above)
- Optional: 4.25 inch tile template with Nic Cage princesses (PDF via Google Drive)
- Prepped images in the size of your tiles (I’m using 4.25 tiles, with images printed from this Buzzfeed post.)
- Paper slicer, X-Acto knife, or scissors
- If you’re using an X-Acto knife, you’ll also want a piece of cardboard or a self-healing mat
- Mod Podge
- Regular brush or a foam brush
- I’ve found that both leave streaks, so use whichever you prefer.
- Mod podge squeegee
- I’m using 4.25 inch tiles. They make fantastic coasters that are just a bit bigger than your normal coasters.
- Paper Towels
- Mod Podge acrylic sealer
- Don’t make my mistake and buy some other sealer, make sure it says ACRYLIC sealer. The first time I made these, I bought the wrong type. My coasters constantly got stuck to my glasses, and not because of condensation. Mod Podge makes a great acrylic sealer, located with the rest of the mod podge. Trust me: make your life easier and purchase that.
- Large piece of cardboard or newspaper
- Fabric pencil, chalk, or another prefered method for writing on fabric.
- Fabric scissors
- You can use regular in a pinch, but fabric scissors are preferable if you happen to have some around
- Hot glue gun
Read through all instructions before embarking on this project, that way you can avoid negative surprises.
Prep images with a ruler and a pencil to make trimming them using the paper trimmer easier. Trace up to the top of the page, the bottom of the page, and to both sides of the page – so that when you’re lining up your paper to where it gets trimmed, you don’t have to eyeball it and hope to get it right. This helps cut white borders on your trimmed images.
Line up your pencil marks to the blade track. Line your pencil marks up against the “far” half of the track, so you cam trim your images without leaving white edges. See image below for an example.
If you don’t have a paper trimmer, you can use your X-Acto knife and ruler. Just line the ruler up to where you’re cutting, put the X-Acto knife there, and trim (you might want to go a millimeter inwards to avoid white edges).
Use your brush to paint mod podge all over the tile.
Line up your image before placing it down – and use just enough mod podge to make it stick. If you use too much, you’ll make your paper too damp and then it’ll rip. Which sucks. Make sure to use your fingers to (gently) smooth down the edges, especially if they’ve got a bit of a ripple to them. Make sure no flaps of paper are sticking up. Use an extra paper towel to wipe off the excess mod podge from your brush.
Use your mod podge squeegee and press down all along your paper to remove the air bubbles. Don’t worry about perfection – air bubbles happen, even with using the squeegee.
If you make too many passes with the squeegee, it’ll rip your paper – so don’t fuss over the air bubbles too much.
Paint more mod podge on the top of the paper. Flatten the rippled edges of the paper if needed. Wipe your brush off with the paper towel so the mod podge in your brush doesn’t set.
Use the squeegee to remove the excess mod podge from the coaster.
Again, be careful making too many passes with the squeegee, the paper is even more delicate now that it is fully soaked through. If you try to work out a stubborn bubble, your paper will rip, and you’ll be sad.
Use the paper towels to wipe your squeegee in between strokes. Squeegee the sides of your tile to get rid of excess mod podge, then set your coaster aside to dry.
Complete steps 2-4 on all tiles, and set aside to dry. (They dry fairly quick without the typical loads of mod podge on them.)
Experts say to wait up to 3 day for the mod podge to dry, but I think that is if you’re using a lot of it for a project. Since we used the squeegee to wipe the excess away, these dry within a few hours.
Make the tiles water proof
You can do this outside, or you can do this in an opened garage. My garage doesn’t have space, so I did this outside. If you have the space in your garage or similar area, I highly recommend using it. These coasters are magnets for little bits of sand and hair, and a cleaner space is better. (I live in the desert and own a lot of cats. Sometimes bits of sand and cat hair are unavoidable.)
Put all your tiles on cardboard or newspaper, and follow the instructions on the acrylic sealer can to apply. Wait 15 minutes in-between for each coat. Spray 4-5 coats in total. Also make sure you get the sides/edges of the tiles, not just the tops, to prevent the paper from peeling.
Don’t spray in one place for too long, or you’ll get melty drippy lumps on your coaster.
Let fully dry. You can add the felt after a few hours, but I wouldn’t recommend using the coasters to hold drinks for a few days.
Finishing up your coasters
Trace your tile on your felt, and cut it out.
Chances are, because you traced, the felt is slightly too large. Fold your felt in half on the diagonal, and trim about ⅛-¼ inch from one side. Unfold, and use this to cut out your felt squares.
Plug in your hot glue gun to let it warm up.Flip your coaster upside down and grab your piece of felt. I like to do a square with lines through it (much like the Chapman University logo, shout out to my old school!), and then a circle through, to get full coverage. See image below for an example.
Put the felt (glue side down, obviously ;D) on the back of your coaster, and carefully smooth out the glue to the edges of the felt. If you feel that your felt is too floppy near the edges VERY CAREFULLY add a bit more hot glue underneath the flap and gently smooth it out. Don’t burn your fingertips off attempting to do this.
If you didn’t let your coasters dry for a few days before adding the felt, let them fully dry now. Wait a few days before setting anything on the coasters, or else you’ll end up with random texture embedded into your coaster.
YAY you’re done!
Don’t forget to download your checklist!
Make your friends jealous with your new freakin’ AMAZING Nic Cage Disney Princess coasters, . You know everyone will want them, and they make great gifts. You can use this method to turn any image you want into a coaster – I find these are lovely, smooth, and can handle a lot of glass condensation.
If you make these, or any coasters, please post them to my Facebook page, I’d love to see what you create!