make something: instagram coasters

I shared this insanely easy tutorial on Gussy Sews last fall and I thought it would be fun to share here in case you missed it.  Have you tried making your own coasters yet?  If you did and you had any questions about this tutorial or you have any new tips & tricks, make sure to share!

Since instagram is all the rage and the photos are already a square I decided to save a few photos from my feed* and print them on the paper.  Cut your photos to fit the frame of your tile and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge directly to the tile and place your photo on top.  Project tip: allow your printed photos to dry completely or use Mod Podge for paper for the first layer to prevent ink bleeds.

Smooth out the print to remove bubbles and allow for an even coverage then apply another layer of Mod Podge over your photograph.  Allow some drying time and repeat to build up a few layers.  Once completely dry use clear sealer (spray or liquid- your choice) to prevent drink condensation or spills from ruining your work.  Project tip: I used clear spray sealer, simply place tiles on paper and in a ventilated area just spray each piece following manufacturers instructions.

To prepare the bottom for table top use you can purchase pre-made felt sticky pads, some cork board or just make your own like I did.  Cut small circles of felt for each corner of the tile or a square large enough to cover bottom then adhere to tile (I used hot glue). Project tip: to get the best use out of your new coasters, lightly wipe clean or gently hand wash when needed.

This project is not only easy to make, but totally customizable, which makes it a fun project to do with friends or to use as a gift.  You could snag a couple photos from one of your friends IG feeds and surprise them with a new set of personalized coasters.  Have fun!

*to print photos from your instagram feed just visit your own
feed via or email the photos to yourself from your phone!


  1. Awesome idea! I've been meaning to make some coasters for a while! :)

    xx Denysia Yu

  2. I love these! I'm always looking for things to do with my Instagram pictures...since they are so "stream of consciousness" I feel like they are such a real expression of my life, but they just get stuffed away on my phone. These coasters are such a cute idea to bring them to life! Also I had no idea tile squares were so cheap! I bet there are tons of cool things that can be made with them. :) Thanks for the inspiration!!


  3. Really do love this idea, been meaning to make my own coasters for months now!

  4. I love this idea! I'll definitely have to try it out.

  5. These are great! Love how no two would really be the same!

  6. What a brilliant idea! Definitely adding this to my mile-long crafting to-do list ;) Thanks to Olive&Ivy for sending me your way