Mother's Day Photo Coasters

Published May 06, 2015

don-t-forget-mom-sundayMother’s Day is drawing near and if you’re out of ideas for what you should give mom on her special day here is one that’s not only easy to assemble but will provide lasting memories for years to come.

Personalized photo coasters can be made in a day and left to dry overnight. Choose your favorite family photos for your mom to treasure.


  • 10×10 centimetre square ceramic tiles or 10×10 cm vinyl plank samples
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • One package of felt protectors
  • Photocopy gloss paper
  • Printer, scissors
  • Straight edge cutter (optional)
  • Glue Gun (optional)


The 10-cm square ceramic tiles work nicely for this project but can be tricky to find in local hardware stores. If you have a tile store close to your neighbourhood then it may be worth a quick trip to see if you can pick up a few.

I used vinyl plank samples from Home Depot for $0.89 each. You can find them in the flooring section on the lower level of the West Vancouver store. They were a nice size and flat enough to lay a beverage on when placed on a table.

Choose four to six favourite family photos and print them on high gloss photographic paper on your home printer. Make sure to print them on the 10×15 cm print setting.

At this point you may want to use a straight edge cutter to carefully cut the photos out to an 8.9-cm square. The straight edge cutter is optional and scissors will work as well.

Using your Mod Podge, glue the photo to the good side of the tile and let dry for one hour. Once the photo is attached use your Mod Podge to completely cover the entire photo and the edges of the tile or vinyl plank. Let it dry overnight.

The next day, add your felt protectors to the underside of the tile or plank. I like to use a glue gun to securely attach the felt protectors.

Tie the coasters together with a pretty ribbon for a nice presentation or insert into a small box.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design.