Etched Monogram Glass Tile Coasters

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I love making coasters.

One of the very first projects I ever made for Architecture of a Mom were coasters out of stone tiles. My husband loves these coasters--he's using one as I write this post! And then I made some paper doily tile coasters with my Silhouette Portrait. Well, today's project is another tile coaster project--but this time I etched some glass tile to make monogrammed coasters!!

I'm also pretty stoked because I minimized the waste on this project by using both the positive and the negative space. I used the "T" and the accent pieces on two of the tiles--and then used the vinyl left over from cutting the letter and shapes for the other two tiles. I just takes a little planning--I used simple shapes and made sure to cut squares around the "negative" space--and some patience, since you can't weed out the vinyl as you would traditionally.

Here's what you need:
Stencil Vinyl and something to cut it
Transfer tape
Etching creme
Glass Tile
Felt or furniture bumpers for the back of the tiles so they won't scratch up your furniture

I'm going to apologize ahead of time. There aren't too many progress photos--I was kind of figuring out this process as I went.

First, make sure your tiles are clean. Rubbing alcohol is a good tool for this.

Then, cut out your stencil vinyl. I used a simple letter with a circle above and below the letter. The swirls are part of the Silhouette Etching Starter Kit.

Instead of weeding out the parts of your vinyl that you want to remove, use transfer tape and use a tool to press the transfer tape only on the "positive space" of the pattern. In my case, it was the T, dot, and swirl. Use the transfer tape to place it on your tile.

Then use the transfer tape to transfer the "negative" space onto another tile. The neat thing is that you will get two different effects, even with the same color tile! I used two different color tiles, but because I used a positive and negative on each color of tile, each coaster looks different.

Then you apply the etching cream according to the directions. Don't freak out (like I did) when you go to rinse off the etching cream--you won't be able to see the etching's full effect until the tile is dry.

After that, all you need to do is apply your backing and you have coasters! Easy!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, these coasters are a gift. My sister doesn't know it (well, until she reads this post, anyway), but these are the coasters she asked for many months ago. That's her family monogram!

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  1. Where did you get your glass tiles? I can't seem to find them anywhere...not square ones, anyway!

  2. I get them as samples in my day job as an architect. But you should be able to find them at a tile store.