Quick DIY Map Coasters [Cute Travel-Inspired Gift Idea!]

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Even though our Rough Collie has a cheeky tendency to steal our coasters(!), we’ve made lots of them as they’re a really quick DIY project – and make great gifts!

A set of four map coasters will only take you an hour or two to make (plus drying time) and it’s as easy as cut, glue and seal!

DIY Map Coasters Supply List

How To Make Map Coasters – Cute DIY Map Gift

Easy DIY Map Coasters

1. Cut your maps to the size of your tiles leaving a little left over on each side to cover the tiles’ edges.

REMEMBER: Choose a focal point for your tile whether it’s a place, landmark or just interesting map detail.

2. Paint mod podge onto your tile using your craft brush, ensuring an even coating across the whole tile.

3. Lay your map on top and glue it down. Don’t forget the edges!

4. Paint another layer of mod podge over your map; it’ll dry clear and help protect it.

5. Leave to dry completely (roughly two hours) and then coat the front of your tile with acrylic sealant and leave to dry again.

6. Add coaster feet or felt to the bottom of your tile and it’s time for tea!

Easy DIY Map Coasters

Easy DIY Map Coasters

Yield: 4 coasters
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

These tile map coasters are a really quick DIY project - and make great gifts! A set of four map coasters will only take you a couple of hours to make (including drying time) and it’s as easy as cut, glue and seal!

Materials

  • 4x4 inch ceramic tiles
  • Maps
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic sealant
  • Coaster feet or felt

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Craft paint brush

Instructions

  1. Cut your maps to the size of your tiles leaving a little left over on each side to cover the tiles’ edges. REMEMBER: Choose a focal point for your tile whether it’s a place, landmark or just interesting map detail.
  2. Paint mod podge onto your tile using your craft brush, ensuring an even coating across the whole tile.
  3. Lay your map on top and glue it down. Don’t forget the edges!
  4. Paint another layer of mod podge over your map; it’ll dry clear and help protect it.
  5. Leave to dry completely (roughly two hours) and then coat the front of your tile with acrylic sealant and leave to dry again.
  6. Add coaster feet or felt to the bottom of your tile and it’s time for tea!

BONUS #1: DIY Polaroid Coasters

If you enjoyed making these DIY map coasters, then you’ll also love these DIY polaroid coasters:

DIY Polaroid Coasters

You can make them in exactly the same way as your map coasters; this time ensuring:

  • Your tile is white or painted white
  • Your photo is cut smaller than your tile (leaving roughly 1 cm on each side) so the white tile shows through on all sides (mimicking a polaroid photo)
  • (Optional) Write the place and date underneath the photo with a Write-4-All marker pen

BONUS #2: More DIY Map Art Projects

And finally, here are some more map art projects to try:


We hope you have fun making these quick DIY map coasters! Proud of your creations? Tag us on Instagram @houseofmahalo so we can see your makes!

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Quick DIY Map Coasters [Cute Travel-Inspired Gift Idea!]

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Justine is one half of the newlywed duo behind this home and craft blog, as well as the couples travel blog Wanderers of the World. When not away travelling with her husband and Rough Collie, she's always making something or busying about the house. So really, it's no surprise that House of Mahalo was born!

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