DIY Irish Coasters by Amy McCabe

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I have a DIY project to share with you today! With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, these will be perfect for your party and would make a wonderful gift! I have seen tutorials for these online and most crafters use patterned paper on their tiles. I thought I would try them with SVGs, and they worked perfectly! If you are like me, you may even have a big box of extra tiles stashed away. I made some for my boys’ teachers and they absolutely loved them. Get out those SVGs and a few inexpensive supplies and let’s get crafty!

SVG Collections Used

Amelie’s Accessories SVG Kit
Celtic Knots and Clovers SVG Collection
Charm And Chance SVG Kit

Supplies Used

Tiles
Patterned and Solid Papers
Modge Podge
Foam Brush
Polyurethane
Hot Glue Gun
Felt
Ribbon or Shoelace
Ink
Hemp Cord
Buttons

Dimensions

Celtic Knots and Clovers SVG Collection ( For Slainte Tile)
slainte_bottom.svg 3.971" w x 1.533" h tan
slainte_mid.svg 3.971" w x 1.479" h light green
slainte_top.svg 3.971" w x 1.293" h burnt orange
ronan_knot_top.svg 3.929" w x 2.791" h tan
ronan_knot_bottom.svg 3.929" w x 2.893" h dark green
Celtic Knots and Clovers SVG Collection (For Green M Tile )
brighid_knot_top.svg 6.100" w x 3.723" h burnt orange
brighid_knot_bottom.svg 6.100" w x 3.723" h light green
circle from shapes table 1.600" w x 1.600" h green patterned paper
M font 1.974" w x 1.418" h dark green
Celtic Knots and Clovers SVG Collection (For Burnt Orange M Tile)
shamrock_knot_top.svg 3.750" w x 3.640" h light green
shamrock_knot_bottom.svg 3.750" w x 3.754" h green patterned paper
circle from shapes table 1.600" w x 1.600" h green patterned paper
M font 1.974" w x 1.418" h tan
M font 1.974" w x 1.418" h burnt orange
Celtic Knots and Clovers SVG Collection (Lucky Tile)
cairell_knot_top.svg 3.784" w x 3.625" h dark green
cairell_knot_bottom.svg 3.780" w x 3.780" h green patterned paper
Charm And Chance SVG Kit - Lucky Shamrocks Card
(you will be using the word LUCKY for the tile and other elements for decorating the box)
gold.svg 10.445" w x 1.707" h tan
light_green1.svg 10.442" w x 3.018" h light green
light_green2.svg 10.441" w x 4.887" h green patterned paper
dark_green.svg 10.441" w x 4.929" h dark green
Amelie's Accessories SVG Kit - Eiffel Tower Box (Box for Tiles)
box.svg 11.600" w x 11.600" h kraft brown
lid.svg 11.600" w x 8.878" h kraft brown

Instructions

  1. Grab some tiles. Mine are 4.25” square. Clean with a paper towel or cloth to remove any dust.
  2. Cut your SVGs and assemble the pieces. I used ink on some of the pieces.
  3. Take your assembled SVGs and apply a thin coat of Modge Podge with a foam brush to the back. Apply to the center of the tile and carefully smooth out any bumps. Apply a coat of Modge Podge over the entire tile. Let dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Apply 6 more coats of Modge Podge allowing 20 minutes between coats. Need something to do while you are waiting? – check out the SVG Cuts FB Page or do some shopping in the store! :)
  5. Let tiles cure over night and spray Polyurethane on the tiles. Let dry overnight. This step is optional but recommended if you will be using hot drinks on the coasters. If you decide to skip this step it is recommended to let the coasters cure for 30 days before putting hot drinks on them.
  6. Cut 4” squares of felt and hot glue them to the backs of the tiles.
  7. Tie up the coasters with some ribbon. In my case I found some cute St Patty’s Day shoelaces that worked perfect. This will help to retrieve from the box.
  8. Cut the box files, score and assemble and decorate. Place tiles in box and you are good to go!

Design Tips

Amy McCabe - SVGCuts Design Team Member

  • If you don’t care for the background of your tile cover the entire tile with some patterned paper. In my case I liked the background and kept it visible.
  • Pick a font that matches the style of your project. For this I used a font called Smaragd – I liked the serif classic style of it.
  • When picking papers use the same color palette throughout – when your tiles are all sitting out they will look like similar.
  • For the box I like to use hot glue on the tabs, it dries fast, stays put and gives a nice clean finish on the corners.
  • I did some machine stitching to the shamrock on my box top to add interest. Also added some BoBunny buttons.

I must say that these are super fun to make and they are an absolutely perfect gift! Hope you give these a try. - Amy


3 Responses to “DIY Irish Coasters by Amy McCabe”

  1. Denise Grissom March 12, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Love, love love your idea. I am Irish. 
    Another idea would be to use Vinyl adhesive. It is waterproof and several of the steps could be deleted. 
    I want to point out that if you hadn’t shared with us, I would never have come up with the vinyl idea. 
    Thanks so much!!!!!

  2. Sesusan86 March 13, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Excellent commentary and instructions.  Love the designs. They look embossed with all the dimenson you added.  I gotta try this as I’m sure I have some modge podge somewhere if it hasn’t dried out.

    Thanks so much Amy

  3. Sparklenail April 12, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    These are fantastic. I just finished my second set. I making them for my mom and all my sisters, and sisters-in-law for their birthday’s this year. That’s 6 sets! Thanks for the idea.