Sharpie Tile Coasters

There were a few crafts on our #the100dayproject list that I have been just waiting to do. These Sharpie Tile Coasters were top of my list. My mom had asked to do them with us, so we had to patiently wait until our trip out west.

Well, folks. That time has officially come.

I can honestly say that this craft lives up to the hype. In fact, we all loved these so much that we want to do them again. (And again. And again. And again.) The husband even wants to get in on the fun for round 2.

These would make for great housewarming presents, holiday gifts, or for decorating every single inch of your house with. #justsaying

Inspiration for this project came from Lifestyle For Real Life. She also has a really great post about sealing the tiles.

How To Make Sharpie Tile Coasters


  • Sharpies* in a variety of colors
  • Rubbing Alcohol* (91%)
  • Droppers* or small spray bottle
  • Small bowl or empty yogurt pot
  • 4.25 x 4.25 White tiles (found at Home Depot for about $0.60/ea)
  • Clear Coat* or similar spray to seal tiles
  • Foam sheets*, felt*, or cork sheets*
  • Glue* (We used Weldbond)
  • Scissors or Exacto Knife (for the grown ups)
  • Art Smocks*
  • Baking sheet or board to put under your project
  • Table cloth or plastic mat for the table
  • Paper towels or cloth to clean up

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  • Wash tiles with soap and water to get dust off and make sure the surface is ready for drawing on. Dry.
  • Place table cloth or baking sheet down on your table and set up tiles to work.
  • Grab your Sharpies and color to your hearts content. Mix and match colors or stay within the same color family (reds, oranges, pinks).
  • Once you’re happy with your tile, grab your bowl or yogurt pot and fill with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Fill your dropper with rubbing alcohol and begin to drop onto your tile. Go slowly until you see what it does and know what it will do to your tile.
  • Once you’re happy, set the tiles aside and allow to dry. If you see spots you don’t like or want to layer again, feel free to go over again with your Sharpies and add more alcohol. Just make sure to let dry between goes.
  • Put tiles outside on a layer of scrap paper or newsprint and spray with Clear Coat to seal. We did two coats to be safe. Allow to dry completely.
  • Turn tiles over and cut a square of foam, felt, or cork that is at least 4×4. Add glue to the back of the tile and place your square of foam on the back. Press down and smooth out, making sure to wipe up any excess glue. Allow to dry completely.
  • Use and enjoy!

Note: There is a difference when it comes to rubbing alcohol, so make sure to use 91% and not 70% like most people have at home.

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hi, i’m emily and i love making things with my hands. i always have a project (or ten) in the works and love to draw, paint, cook, sew, crochet, cross stitch, and make soap. this year, i’m focusing my creative efforts on trying new things and just plain having fun.

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