Tye-Die, I LOVE it! Its awesome to look at and even more fun to make. I have tye-died many things in my life, shirts, curtains, pillow cases, table cloths even underwear! But this is a first for me using ceramic and I am so happy with the results. This craft is super easy to do and pretty cheap as well. I made these tiles with my 6 year old daughter. Its really a craft for any age, as long as they can scribble on some color, you’re set!
We picked up the tiles at out local Re-Store (its a thrift store for building supplies) They cost me $2.80 for 12, a helluva deal! I already had the Sharpie markers, the alcohol and the modge podge, So all we had to buy was a can of acrylic sealer and some felt pieces, which you can pick up for about .25 cents each. We gave our finished coasters to my mother in law (who is the best m.i.l on earth!) and she LOVES them!
What you need:
- Ceramic Tiles
- Sharpie Markers
- Isopropyl alcohol
- A dropper (I didn’t have one, so used an old hand santizer bottle. You just need something to hold the isopropyl and drip it onto the tiles)
- Modge Podge or School Glue (must dry crystal clear!)
- Felt pieces
- Spray acrylic sealer
What you do:
First give each tile a little wipe down with the alcohol and let them dry
With your Sharpies, start coloring designs.
When your tile is covered in marker, take the dropper and start dripping the isopropyl all over the top. The colors will start to run and blend. You can lift your tile a bit if you want the colors to run a certain way, or just leave it flat and let the isopropyl do its work.
The beauty of this craft is that if you aren’t happy, simply wipe your tile off with a paper towel while its still wet and start again. OR you can let it dry and add on to you color. Just be careful Doing this as it will moisten your other colors as well.
After you are happy with your tye-died designs, let your tiles dry over night.
Take your modge podge and cover the tile: I found that sponge brushes work the best. The BEST thing I used was my finger. Just scoop up some Modge Podge with your finger and lightly rub it on.
NOTE: If you use a sponge brush make sure you keep it well saturated. You really want it gliding across the tile. If some of your design wipes off in the process, let the modge podge dry, go through the first few steps again, and add more color. Then seal it one more time with the modge podge before using the acrylic sealer.
After your modge podge is totally dry, give the tiles a few coats of acrylic sealer. Let them dry.
Once your tiles are sealed and dry, cut some felt pieces to match the size and glue them onto the bottom. I used hot glue gun.
If you plan on giving then as a gift, stack them up and wrap them with a ribbon. Voila! DIY Tye-Die Coasters!