While I'm not the most craftiest person there is, I pinned this project because it seemed easy and inexpensive. Here is the inspiring picture from Pinterest (originally from this blog):
Why didn't I think of this before!?! Paint Sample Coasters!
I headed up to Home Depot grabbed a few square tiles and paint swatches, and then to Walmart for some Mod Podge and clear spray acrylic. While the tiles in the picture have a rounded edge, I opted for a flat edge tile hoping that it might be a bit easier to work with. I found paint swatches that coordinated with the colors that are in our evolving music room (more on that room soon!).
(Note: I just realized while writing this post that I had picked up the same exact green paint swatch as in the original Pinterest picture. Simply coincidence.)
To begin, I simply cut out the paint swatches (being sure to keep the name of the paint color, because I like that :), and used the Mod Podge to glue them to the tile. I then applied another layer of Mod Podge every 20 minutes. The finished coaster had around four or five coats of Mod Podge.
(This picture shows a glimpse of my extreme multitasking skills: working on two Pinterest projects at once!)
After I let the final coat of Mod Podge dry overnight, I applied a clear spray acrylic to protect from water/condensation. I went with a gloss acrylic spray simply because I wanted my coasters to have some shine.
To protect our tabletops from the back of the tile, I applied (using Mod Podge) a square of craft foam from Michael's. I tried looking for some thin cork, but at the time could not find it anywhere. I ended up finding some cork at Michael's about a week ago, but the foam seems to work just fine. I made sure to cut the foam square smaller than the actual tile, so it wouldn't show on the edges.
This picture shows the colors I am trying to bring together in our music room, which still has a long way to go before being finished.
This project was so simple that I ended up making coasters for our living and one for Drew Babe's nightstand where he likes to keep his bedtime glass of water.