I shared this fun and easy sea glass style coaster craft on Oopsey Daisy a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to show it here!
Are you ready for summer? The best part of summer to me is sitting out back on our patio, feeling the cool summer breeze and sipping on some sweet beverages.
Since I got to makeover my back patio, I am all about accessories with a pop of color! I wanted something fun and colorful, that just seemed like summer… I needed something sea glass!
I browsed around online at some gorgeous sea glass coasters, but I just couldn’t justify spending more than $6 for a set of two coasters. I decided instead to set out to my local hardware store to make my own!
Seaglass and tile coasters can be very expensive, and a bit uneven- but I found a fabulous alternative in the shower tile of Home Depot- and you are going to love the pricetag and how incredibly easy these are to make!
I grabbed two ceramic white subway tiles for $.14 a piece, and a package of mounted mesh mosaic shower tile for $5.
I didn’t have any E6000 on hand, so I decided to try hot glue to adhere the mosaic tiles to my coasters- and I was thrilled to see that it worked wonderfully.
First, lay out your tiles, and wipe them down with a damp rag to remove any dust.
Pull gently on each individual tile to remove it from the mesh, and place onto your subway tile in a pattern you like. I went for a 5×5 placement, but you could make a circle, swirl, or other design if you’d like! Since I like to use my plastic goblets and wine glasses outside, I figured a simple square grid would be the most stable for stemware (especially my precariously wobbly plastic stuff).
Once you have a pattern you like, hot glue the mosaic tiles in place. Since the tiles were mesh mounted, the glue doesn’t show through the glass as it has a thin white backing.
I wasn’t sure about using hot glue- but it holds up really well, and dries SUPER fast (be careful when placing the glue backed tiles on your subway tile- they will not be re-positionable without completely removing the tile). You can pull the tiles off when using hot glue- but not so easily that they will knock off.
When your grid is done, place some small felt stickers in the corners of the bottom of the tile if you need to protect your surface from scratches. You can find the small round felt backings in most grocery or hardware stores.
How great do these little beauties look? I love the design and the size of the mosaic tiles worked out perfectly.
As long as you use about the same amount of glue on each mosaic, the small tiles are very uniform in size and will create a flat surface.
I tested the coasters out with my favorite summer sipper- lemon, cucumber and strawberry sparkling water- and the stemware was perfectly supported. Can’t wait to use these more this summer!
Looking for some tasty summer drinks? Come and check out my summer sipper pin board!