These coasters are fun to make and quite versatile. I stumbled on this tutorial several weeks ago over at Chronicles of the Carrot Top Mom. She used really cute photos of her kids, and did some Photoshop work to add a few extra touches to the coasters.

I loved the idea and decided to try it, but instead of photos of my kids, I decided to use images from the vintage magazines that have accumulated in my basement. Upcycling has been on my mind a lot lately and this seemed like a good fit. The magazines are much too cool to get rid of, but they weren’t making anyone happy sitting in a box. When deciding what images to use for the coasters, I chose to go with themes. I made some sets with cars, some were wartime images, and some were scenes from homes in the forties. I used three coats of polyurethane to protect the images from moisture. (Thank you to my husband for allowing me to take up his entire work bench for days while I applied the polyurethane.) This is what my coasters looked like:

car coasters

forties interiors

forties housewives

war coasters

This is an inexpensive, if a bit time consuming (due to waiting for the glue and polyurethane to dry), way to display some of your favorite images. You could use some of that huge pile of artwork your kids bring home from school to make gifts for grandparents. It would be cute to make coasters from little handprints, too. Let me know if you try it!

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2 Responses to Vintage Magazine Tile Coasters

  1. Kelly says:

    I LOVE the idea of using vintage photos for this!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. […] love making coasters, if you hadn’t noticed. I like to use this tutorial instead of some of the quicker versions I’ve seen because these last longer and are more […]

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