DIY Modern & Chic Disney Coasters

Happy Tuesday Love Bugs,

I recently decided to change my kitchen to a Mickey themed area.  The problem is, I don’t want a bright colored Mickey theme, but a neutral and more modern and chic one instead.  This can be a challenge, being that most of the merchandise available for a Mickey themed kitchen includes brightly colored plates, utensils, and other items…..including coasters.

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I decided to make several of the items for my kitchen instead of purchasing them to make sure the neutral Mickey theme I have in mind comes to life.  I recently read a post on the Disney Park Blog on DIY Park Guide Map Coasters, and decided to follow the directions but with my own twist on the concept.  The great thing about this tutorial is that you can use any color or theme you like!  Just follow my instructions and you will be good to go.  The great part about this tutorial is even if you don’t want a Mickey theme, you can still add your own taste to it without the Mickey silhouette.  Let’s get started!

MATERIALS

neutral colors

Depending on the amount of coasters you want to make, you will need that same amount of scrapbook paper. I chose these 6 neutral colors with designs. They are all different but they match because they are all neutral colors. Depending on your theme, try to vary the patterns and colors of your scrapbook paper within the same color family to add a nice look to your coasters.

cork and tile

mickey die cut

glues

  • Scrapbook Paper (one for each tile- I purchased mine at Michaels for 59 cents each)
  • tiles (mine are 4.25 inches on each side- I purchased mine at Home Depot for 49 cents each.  There are several colors to choose from, but I chose black for a classic look.)
  • thin cork squares (mine are approx. 4 inches on each side- I found these at Michaels for $4 for a pack of four)
  • decoupage glue (at Michael’s for $4)
  • Gorilla Glue (at Michael’s for $5)
  • Acrylic Sealer (at Michael’s for $6)
  • foam brush ( 49 cents)
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Optional- Mickey silhouette die cuts (I purchased mine from StartedbyaMouse1928 on Etsy)

Step 1- Clean each tile with a damp paper towel and then dry it.  Set aside.

I placed my cork square in the corner so that I only had to cut two straight lines, instead of four.

I placed my cork square in the corner so that I only had to cut two straight lines, instead of four.

cut paper 2

This is the final cut scrapbook paper.

scrapbookpapers

Step 2-  I was lucky enough to find a perfect sized cork square for my tiles, so I decided to use it as my outline to cut my scrapbook paper.  Using the cork square, place it in the corner of your scrapbook sheet, and trace with a pencil.  Cut out the square shape.  This shape will not cover the entire tile, instead it will allow a thin border of the tile to show after you glue it on, which gives it a nice, polished look.  Repeat this step for all of your scrapbook papers.

Scrapbook paper glued on tile.

Scrapbook paper glued on tile.

coaster with glued paper

Step 3- Brush a thin layer of decoupage glue with the foam brush all over the top of the tile and center the scrapbook paper square on top.  Make sure to smooth out the paper on the glue, especially on the corners.  Repeat this with each tile you are using.  As the glue dries, check each tile and make sure the paper hasn’t lifted by pushing down in the areas needed.  Make sure the glue is completely dry before moving on to step 4.

****Contrary to the Disney Parks Blog post on these, thin layers of decoupage glue is the key here with every step in this craft.  I noticed that when I did thick coats, the paper ripped and became soggy.  It is better to do several thin coats as needed instead of one thick coat.****

Step 4 (optional) – Brush a dab of decoupage glue on the back of the Mickey silhouette and center it in the middle of the tile. Make sure it is completely glued onto the tile without any lifting corners.

Step 5- Using your foam brush, brush another thin layer of decoupage glue over the paper and silhouettes on each tile.  Let dry completely.  After they’re dry, brush a thin final coat of decoupage glue all over the tile again.  Let dry completely.

Step 6- Spray a thin layer of the acrylic sealer all over the tile and let it dry completely.  For more detailed information, just follow the instructions on the acrylic sealer can.

Gorilla Glue on the bottom of the tile.

Gorilla Glue on the bottom of the tile.

cork to board

Step 7- Spread a thin layer of Gorilla Glue on the bottom of each tile.  Gently center the cork square and press down gently, but firmly.  Let dry 3-4 hours.

mickey coasters

You’re all done!  Enjoy your brand new coasters, and comment below or attach a picture of yours!  I would love to see what you created!

XO NAT

Disclosure:  All images and opinions are my own.

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