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Tile Coasters

Rustic stone tiles make stylish coasters that stay put for outdoor entertaining.

Coasters made from stone tiles.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Square
  • Jigsaw, miter saw, or handsaw and miter box
  • Putty knife or utility knife
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 1/4 x 4 x 24 poplar board
  • Anatolia multicolor tumbled slate mosaic tile, #72126
  • General-purpose construction adhesive, 6 oz
  • Rubber or felt pads (optional)
  • Valspar paint: Lincoln Cottage Black, #4009-2

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Step 1

From a 1/4 x 4 board, cut pieces 3-1/2 inches long for each coaster you plan to make. Smooth each coaster base with 120-grit sandpaper.

Step 2

Apply at least one coat of paint (Lincoln Cottage Black shown) to each coaster base and let dry overnight.

Step 3

From the sheet of mosaic tile, remove the individual tiles from the mesh backing. Then use a putty knife or utility knife to remove any loose adhesive, mesh strands, or flaking stone from the back.

Step 4

Select four tiles of equal thickness and the smoothest available surface for each coaster. Group them on a flat surface to check that they’ll provide even support for a cup or glass when assembled.

Step 5

Stone tiles create durable and attractive coasters where no two are alike. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Place a dab of general-purpose construction adhesive on the center bottom of a tile and press it against the coaster base at one corner. Repeat for the remaining three tiles to cover the base. Flip the coaster upside down and check that the base is centered over the four tiles. Allow to dry overnight before using.

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Good to Know

To use these coasters on delicate surfaces, place four rubber or felt pads on the corners of the wood square.