Last week I received a call from Sandra, who was looking for a Christmas Coaster Mosaic Kit. She wanted to be able to sit down with her friends and family and make a coaster each for Christmas Day. As you all know, I love Christmas, so not wanting to disappoint Sandra I spent the weekend designing and creating this Christmas coaster set.
It's a great idea, so weather you're interested in designing your own or getting the complete kit, it's a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your Christmas table. The kids will also love them, my children are already arguing over who gets Frosty the Snowman (seems I'll be making two sets of coasters!).
Here are the instructions for those of you who would like to design your own.
Materials / Tools
- Coasters - 10 x 10 cm MDF Squares
- Adhesive - I've used Weldbond adhesive
- A selection of tiles - If you are creating your own design you will need approximately 100 x 1cm tiles for each coaster (don't forget to allow for some wastage due to cutting)
- Tweezers are an absolute must due to the small work area
- Paint brush (optional) for applying the paint
Mosaic Christmas Coaster Instructions:
1. Seal Your Coasters
Prior to commencing, seal your MDF squares really well. The coasters may come into contact with liquids so you need to seal them well to avoid any water damage. A mixture of Weldbond adhesive and water can be used as a sealer in a ratio of 1 part Weldbond to 5 parts water, apply between 4-5 coats allowing each coat to dry thoroughly.
2. Plan your Design
As it is a small work area your design will need be fairly simple. Sketch out a rough outline from which you can work.
3. Laying the tiles
Start with positioning the boarder tiles first. Your adhesive can be applied either directly to coasters themselves or painted individually onto the back of the tiles. By far the quickest method is to paint the adhesive onto the coaster base. When using this method apply to small sections at a time to avoid the adhesive drying out. For these coasters I have used the following materials:
- Gold Ripple 1cm mirror tiles
- White Crystal Glass Tiles 1 cm
- Green Crystal Glass Tiles 1 cm
- Red Crystal Glass tiles 1cm
- A few Orange and Black Crystal Glass Tiles 1cm
Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before applying the grout.
4. Grouting time
We have had quite a few discussions in my house over the last few days about what colour the grout should be. I've chosen Dark Beige grout for a few reasons:
- A lighter coloured grout will show up a lot more stains
- White grout wouldn't work with the white crystal glass tiles; you would lose the 'mosaic effect' on these areas.
I would also recommend sealing the coasters with grout sealer once completed to help with stain and waterproofing. Also, if you have some paint handy give the back of the coasters some coats to seal them completely.