DIY Decoupage Beer Label Coasters Tutorial
These are fancy looking, but oh so easy to do with some simple materials. Again, I feel like I need to mention that there are lots of decoupage coaster tutorials out there. All are very searchable, and use everything from color copied photos, scrapbook paper, scrap fabric, wine bottle labels… my coasters use local beer labels. Great gift idea for a host, or that beverage aficionado in your life!
- Tub or mixing bowl large enough to submerge your bottles
- 4″ x 4″ Stone tiles (found at your home improvement store in the flooring section)
- Foam Brush
- Mod Podge, or some acrylic decoupage medium
- Felt (adhesive-backed)
- Optional (but useful): Safety pin or dressmaker pin, plastic card (i.e. used gift card), very fine sandpaper, clear acrylic spray
**OH, when you’re looking at the tiles, check them for chips and dings before you purchase. People pick through them!**
First, you’ll want to remove your labels. I filled our empty beer bottles with water, then submerged the bottles in hot/warm water in a large mixing bowl. Actually, I left it overnight, and in the morning, the labels were super easy to remove. No rips, no shredding. Lay your labels down to dry. (Now go put your glass bottles in the recycling bin…)
Prep your stone tiles by wiping down with a damp towel. They get pretty dusty at the home improvement store. Assuming your labels are dry… use your foam brush and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to your tiles, nice and easy. Place your labels where you want them, and then press them down firmly.
You’ll get tiny air bubbles, air pockets, because stone tiles are bumpy and porous. Just work out the bubbles gently with your fingers (or plastic card) from the middle of the tile and outward. This is also when you might find a pin handy. I would gently poke the air bubble then push the air out with my finger. Let the tiles dry for about 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, check your tiles. They will feel tacky, but you can touch them. Add another coat of Mod Podge, and work out the air bubbles, and let dry. Repeat two or three more times. I painted five layers, each time working out any air bubbles with a pin.
Let your tiles dry completely overnight, or 24 hours. If you don’t like the tacky feeling, which I don’t, you can “wet sand” your tiles with very fine sandpaper. I wet a small piece of sandpaper and just went over the tiles. Your decoupaged skin won’t be messed up at all… it will become smooth. Skip the sanding (or not), then just seal with clear acrylic spray, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Lastly, cut 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ felt squares and glue under the tiles, or if it is adhesive-backed, just press into place.