Create Customized Photo Gifts – Idea #1

Create Customized Photo Gifts – Idea #1

It’s a busy time of year with end of school, end of clubs, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and sports coming to an end. Most moms are just getting through one day at a time. But low and behold, one of these nights, after all the kids are in bed, and she is folding another load of laundry, she is going to remember that all of these teachers, volunteers, coaches and grandparents are going to need gifts… and the panic sets in.

This month we are going to share some gift ideas that are easy to create or purchase with all of those photos of your family and the artwork your children create. Visit us on Wednesdays in May for new ideas!




Idea #1- Photo Coasters

Photo coasters are a great gift idea for:

– Grandparents

– Dad (for his office)

– Mom

– Teachers (think class gift)


How to pick your photos:

Pick the photos or artwork that will bring your gift recipient the best memories or put a smile on their face every time they see it. Candid shots are usually best.

If you are using digital photos, it’s best to print your artwork to size (square, just a tad smaller than your tiles) and print them on photo paper. Let them dry for at least one day before proceeding with the rest of the project. For photos you alre



What you’ll need:

4- 4×4 tiles (you can get these for cheap at any hardware store)


A foam brush

Stick on felt circles (4 per coaster)

Clear spray sealant (optional)

Twine or ribbon


What you do:

Cut your photos so that they are just a tad smaller than your tile. IMG_9786

Brush a thin layer of modpodge on your tile, center your photo and push it down on the tile. Make sure to push it down firmly without rubbing the photo. Rubbing it could make the ink run. Let it dry for 20 minutes.IMG_9789

Brush on a thin layer of modpodge over your picture making sure to cover the edges of your picture to ensure that it sticks to the tile. Let it dry for 20 minutes then apply a final coat.IMG_9794

Once they are dry, spray the clear sealant over the tile. (Do this step outside!) This will ensure that your coasters are water proof. However, this step isn’t necessary. Modpodge is a sealant and will do the trick. Some DIYers advise it, some don’t.

After your coasters are dry, place a felt circle on the bottom near each corner.

Once they are all completely dry, stack them and tie them together with some twine or cute ribbon.


Ta da… you have a great gift!     IMG_9798