This coaster craft project is perfect for the Thanksgiving dinner table. You can use some materials from the house to cut costs down on this project. Broken dishes are great used here instead of tossing them into the garbage. Beads, rocks, and marbles can also be substituted for the tile in these Thanksgivign drink coasters.
Overall this craft project will take you an hour or two on two different days. The difficulty scale is easy.
This Thanksgiving drink coaster is easy to make, and perfect for any decor. You can choose tiles and paints that match any décor form country to contemporary.
To make a Thanksgiving Coaster Craft Project You Will Need:
4″X4″ inch picture Frame
Piece of plywood cut to 4’X4″
Broken tile pieces
Start this craft project by taking your small picture frame apart. Remove the back, all of the cardboard, and the glass. Now, take some pliers and pull out any of those metal tabs that hold the back onto your picture frame.
Now, lightly sand your picture frame with a fine grit sand paper. Wipe the dust away. Prime the entire picture frame with a good quality primer like Kilz.
Once the primer has dried you can add a coat of paint in you choice of color. I like to use Thanksgiving colors or even metallic that can easily interchange from holiday table to holiday table.
Cut your piece of plywood to 4″x4″. Glue some wood glue around the edge of the piece of wood. Layer the paint picture frame on top of the piece of wood. Carefully line up the edges so that th elook it clean and professional. Use finishing nails to attach the frame to the piece of wood.
Now for the fun part. Break up your Thanksgiving colored tiles by placing them inside of a paper bag or an empty pillowcase. Use you hammer to smash the tile into small piece. Old dishes, store bought tile, and even old glass bottle are perfect for this part for the project. Mirror is also a great option.
Use a trowel to scoop some tile adhesive out onto your piece of wood, filling the area inside of the frame. Try not to get any onto the frame. If you do though, wipe it off with a damp rag. If some adhesive dries on your frame you wil lhave to sand it to remove it.
Lay your broken tiles pieces in any design you want. Let them sit over night and dry into place.
Use the same trowel to smooth grout over the dried tiles. Completely fill all of the open spaces in between the tiles. Don’t levae any gaps or air bubbles because you wil have to go back an dfil them in later if you miss them.
Allow the grout to set up for about 20 minutes, and then carefully wipe it away with a damp sponge or rag. Ring the sponge out in water to keep it clean, then wipe som emore grout away.
Cut out a piece of felt to 4″X4″. Carefully glue it onto the bottom of your coaster. This will protect your table fro being scratched.
-Use different colored tiles to create a Thanksgiving design on your drink coaster. Leaves, and even a small turkey would be cute.
-You can also create a geometric pattern wit h small accents of color.
– These Thanksgiving drink coasters also make great candle bases.
– Use up old broken china as the tile mosaics. This is a great way to tie your table together.
– If you don’t have any broken china try to buy tile that matches your dishes.