Stamped Tile Coasters – a Quick, Easy Tutorial

Stamped tile coasters

Stamped tile coasters are a great last-minute gift that look like they take hours to make (but really don’t)

For those times when you need a quick, classy gift, stamped tile coasters are the way to go. They’re a breeze to make, they look great, and they’re super useful. This tutorial will show you how to make this swanky gift that’s perfect for any occasion.

Stack of stamped tile coasters
Just a pretty bow is enough to dress these babies up

Stylish doesn’t have to be stuffy – plus they’re fun to make

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I first came across stamped tile coasters years ago as I was playing around in the Splitcoaststamper website.  These cool coasters were also featured on the now-defunct tv show “The Chew” and suddenly everyone was making them. Fast forward a few years until this past Christmas, and as usual, I needed a last-minute gift. But I didn’t want just any old gift, I wanted a creative handmade gift, of course.

Ah ha! Stamped tile coasters to the rescue!

These coasters aren’t just good for Christmas gifts – they make perfect housewarming gifts, last-day-of-school teacher gifts, and pretty much any-other-occasion gifts too. And they’re so easy and fun to make, you’ll be looking for excuses to gift them.

The supplies are few and cheap

  • First, we start with the tiles themselves. For all that the finished project looks expensive, these babies are dirt cheap. They’re 4 x 4” travertine wall tiles that I bought at my local big box hardware store. Backsplash tiles, if you will. And their price? A whopping 62 cents each. That’s right, four of them set me back a whole $2.48 (plus tax).
  • Next on the list: the stamps. I used a couple of really old wood block stamps: a huge medallion, and a background script stamp. The sky’s the limit here. I like to layer stamps, but you might opt for a simpler effect. Letter stamps are perfect for monogrammed coasters. (For a good example, check out The Domestic Notebook’s monogrammed stamped coasters.)
  • You’ll need solvent-based ink for this project, not water-based ink that you would use on paper projects. Solvent inks are waterproof and they’re used for stamping on metal, plastic, leather and more. You definitely want waterproof ink when making coasters. Staz-On is the perfect ink for this.
  • Last, you’ll need something to put on the backs of the coasters to protect your furniture. I used small self-stick cork bumpers, but you could also use felt circles or rubber dots.

So let’s get to it!

Supplies for stamped coasters:

  • 4×4 stone tiles from any flooring or hardware store
  • Stamps
  • Staz-On ink (or any other brand of solvent ink)
  • Cork bumpers

Step 1

Wash and dry the tiles with warm, soapy water to remove any factory dirt and coatings. No need to scrub, just a good wash will do.

Step 2 

Ink up your background stamp with Staz-On ink. Press down with medium pressure on the tile. For added interest, angle it a bit so that the pattern doesn’t go straight across. (Angled patterns llook more dynamic than straight across patterns.) 

Angled stamped image on tile
A slight angle is more interesting than straight across

Don’t worry about slight gaps in the pattern, or a slightly uneven impression (lighter or darker in areas). These tiles are imperfect (read: not perfectly smooth) to begin with, so small imperfections will add to their rustic authenticity.

Allow image to dry for about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Stamp the bold focal image. For more precise placement of large images, or for partial image placement (when you have an oversized stamp), it helps to place the tile down onto the stamp rather than the other way around.

Tile placed face down on stamp for better placement
For more accurate placement

Allow to dry for 10 minutes

Step 4

Adhere cork bumpers to the four back corners of each tile.

Cork bumpers on the bottom of tile
This step is a must

Step 5

Stack and wrap with a pretty bow and voila – a gift made in 20 minutes or less!

Bonus tips:

  1. If you prefer to color your images, use colored Staz-On ink and lightly dab the ink on with sponge daubers. Don’t rub (you’ll smear the image outline), just dab. With daubers.
  2. For a lovely kitchen gift, try stamping a 12×12″ tile to make a trivet. Just add more bumpers to the back to protect kitchen counters.
  3. Gently wash these coasters (and trivet) by hand in warm soapy water, but don’t put them in the dishwasher. I’ve had this coaster for 7 years and it’s still going strong.
  4. Check tiles closely before purchasing. Sometimes you’ll find one with deep pits which go beyond “slight imperfections.” In this case, just keep the tile for yourself.

Stamped tile coasters may have been around the craft world for several years, but these elegant beauties never go out of style. So what design will you use on your stamped tile coasters? Whip out a set (or two) and come share them with the G&B Facebook community.

No one needs to know that these stamped tiles were so quick and easy (and cheap!)

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