Buy some tiles at a tile or hardware store or a recycling center. I got mine at Restore which is Habitat for Humanity's recycling store in my area. Dirt cheap and better still they're MADE IN THE GOOD OLD USA. I'm using cork as my cover for the bottom. I picked up a nice roll of it for just a bit over $9 at Lowe's. By the way did you know Lowe's give a discount to military folks? So if you're hubby or yourself has military service take your service card in with you and they'll credit you at checkout. I designed the image on my paint program but a pretty paper napkin or scrapbook paper would work just as well.
Step 1: Wash off the face of your tile to make sure you have a clean surface to work on.
Step2: Brush on an even coat of ModPodge across the face of the tile.
Step 3: Lay your image down on the tile and gently smooth from the center outward to help smooth out any bubbles. This will have bubbles raise up as the Modpodge permeates the paper and you can pat them down gently as you see them pop up. Let dry.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 till you've given the tile a good 3 or 4 coats of Modpodge.
Step 5: Cover with a clear spray finish sealer for protection from water. Let dry. Do this for at least 3 coats.
Step 6: Cut cork or felt and adhere to the bottom of the coasters using spray adhesive or your choice of construction adhesive or super glue. This will protect your tables from scratches.
That's it! These are a great inexpensive gift and really quick and fun to make. They look very nice once dry so don't let my slightly icky picture put u off because as you may be able to tell this was not a dry or finished tile. With gentle coaxing the places that lift up once wet do go back into place and once dry stay there.
Step 1: Get unused bottle caps so they're not dented from being removed from a bottle. Great source is ebay.
Step 2: Buy pushpins. I chose clear. Just happened to have them on hand and they don't detract from the graphics on the cap.
Step 3: Super glue the pushpin to the bottle cap. Be careful and don't poke yourself! Let dry.
That's it. All done. Super fast too! These will be part of the message board gift I'm still working on. I'll post pics of that once finished.
So much to do and so little time left to do it in. Procrastination is so much fun when you work well under pressure LOL. Happy crafting!
Edit: If you try the push pins I'd recommend roughing up the underside of the bottle cap with sandpaper and also on the top of the push pin so your glue can get a better grip. I used super glue but still have had a couple caps pop off so thinking this might help.