A lot of you probably don’t know this, but besides cosplay I also make comic book shoes, jewelry and accessories which are sold here. As far as the shoes go, it’s a fairly tedious, time consuming process, but the coasters are actually fairly simple and inexpensive to make. Here are the instructions to making some kick ass comic book coasters!
- Gather supplies
- Comic book of your choice
- Tiles for coasters. For the example, I used a ceramic tile that I bought at Michael’s in a 4 pack for less than $5. You can also use 4″x4″ ceramic bath tiles that can be found at your local hardware store for well under $1 a piece.
- Mod Podge or other Decoupage glue
- Polyurethane gloss varnish
- Craft brush
- Take a page out of your comic book and begin by cutting it into small rectangles as shown below.
- Using your craft brush, brush some Mod Podge on the tile and the back of the comic book rectangles and align them around the edge of your tile. This will make sure the edges look clean and straight.
- Once all sides of the tile are lined, brush one coat of Mod Podge over the comic book page rectangles and let dry for at least 15 minutes.
- While that dries, tear images from comic book that you would like to be the background of your coaster. Use images that you would like to see, but save your favorite images/quotes for a later step. I would suggest tearing as opposed to cutting these just because I personally like the look better, and when you tear them and put them over top of the rectangles, it gives the coaster a more uniformed look.
- Once you have torn enough paper to cover the tile, use the Mod Podge to adhere them to all blank parts of the tile.
- Once you have covered all of the blank tile face, once again brush an even coat of Mod Podge over the entire top of the tile and let dry for at least 15 minutes.
- While that is drying, review the comic book and cut out a few of your favorite images and quotes from the books. These should be the images you would like most prevalent on the coaster. These I do suggest cutting as opposed to tearing.
- Using your brush and Mod Podge, once again brushing the adhesive on both the tile and the image, adhere the images onto the tile in a way that appeals to you. You may want to lay everything out prior to gluing just to make sure you like the layout.
- Brush the entire face of the tile with one more coat of Mod Podge and let dry for at least an hour.
- Using a new craft brush, brush an even coat of the polyurethane gloss over the face of the tile and let dry for 2 hours.
- Repeat steps 9 and 10 for additional sealing. (optional)
- You may also choose to cut some cork board or felt and adhere it to the bottom of the coaster.
- You are finished! Now, crack open a beer and put your new comic book coasters to good use!
That is it! Please leave me a comment if you have any questions and I would love to hear back from anyone that tries making it!
*Note, because of the adhesive and varnish, these are better suited for cold beverages. They may not hold up well if something very hot is placed on them.