DIY Photo Album Coasters


February 18, 2013 by magpiemenina

Perhaps you have seen those adorable coasters made out of your very own family photos. If so, you may know there are two routes to make them: buying the glass plates that sandwich the pictures, or looking online for the directions to apply them to tiles.

About two years ago (yes, my crafts can sometimes have a VERY LONG incubation period), I was looking through an old family album and found some great pictures in a square format with excellent vintage color. The photo that sparked the craft was of a Nephthytis plant on a radio or television. I decided that I simply must find six charming photographs and make them into coasters. However, I decided in the end to vary the photo-coaster craft a bit.

Part of the charm was the luminous, retro colors of the photographs against the black background of the album, so I aimed to recreate just a little bit of that feeling. (It also keeps them from being totally lost on the collaged side and coffee tables in my craft room.)

Finished photo coasters accessorize a pleasant evening with coffee and a good book.

Finished photo coasters accessorize a pleasant evening with coffee and a good book.

Here’s how you can make some, too. If you’d like, I’ve even included a PDF of the photographs I used so you can use them too. All I ask is that, should you use them for something else, you would do me the favor of crediting this site. Thank you!

You will need:

  • 6 wooden coasters (the craft company Darice makes some)
  • black acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • Krylon Preserve It! spray in Gloss
  • 24 photo corners in gold or craft-paper
  • an archival safe glue (Beacon 3-in-1, my favorite)
  • 6 photos, such as those on this PDF, Photo Coaster Magpie Jaybird Mew, printed on photo paper (I highly recommend that you make copies of your photographs, just in case!)
  • Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane in clear semi-gloss
Supplies for making photo coasters. Not pictured: Minwax Polyurethane.

Supplies for making photo coasters. Not pictured: Minwax Polyurethane.

How To:

1. Paint the coasters front and back with the black acrylic paint. Let dry.

2. Cut out the 6 photos and spray with the Krylon Preserve It! spray, following the directions on the can. Let dry.

3. Slide the photo corners onto each photograph and apply glue to the underside of the photograph and position on the coaster. Repeat with each coaster/photograph pair. Let dry.

4. Coat each assembled coaster with Minwax Polyurethane. Repeatedly coat until desired thickness is reached, allowing to dry between coats.


5 thoughts on “DIY Photo Album Coasters

  1. Nancy Tuttle Hart says:

    Oh, these are great. I LOVE the colors in the pictures!!!

  2. Wonderful work! 🙂 Great job!

  3. magpiemenina says:

    Thank you very much!

  4. magpiemenina says:

    Thank you! I’m sure you have some good photos to use as well!

  5. […] on it under this desk for storage. The bedroom also serves as the perfect place for some of my old photo coasters, including the one of a bear in the road, taken, I think, in […]

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