DIY Instagram Coasters as Placecards


I’m hosting my first Thanksgiving this year and all excited about the details like placecards and decorations. I should be learning how to cook a turkey, but it’ll work out, right? Instead I’m spending my time crafting one-of-a-kind coasters for each of my guests that will double as placecards. Here’s how to make them!

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I started with some of my favorite Instagram photos from the year. You can order them from a service like Snapstagram or just print them out on your printer and then cut them out. If you print them, use cardstock or photo paper for best results. You’ll also need some ceramic tiles, paint and Sparkle Mod Podge.

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Give each of the coasters a base coat with your paint. I used a gloss black.

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Cut out your pictures. I added each of my guests names on top of the picture using the simple photo editing in Picasa.

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After the paint is dry, brush a coat of Mod Podge on each coaster and then apply the photo on top. Cover with another coat of Sparkle Mod Podge.

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Start in the center and brush outwards. Make sure to go all the way to the edges! Then add a square of felt to the bottom of the coaster to protect your table. You can learn how to do that here.

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Here’s the finished product. I’m going to place them on top of napkins. After everyone finds their seat they can immediately start using them as coasters.

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Okay, I’m ready for Thanksgiving! Time to learn how to cook a turkey Smile By the way, all of the decorations here are from the Martha Stewart Arctic collection at Home Depot.

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I love how the Sparkle Mod Podge makes this black and white photo from a day at the zoo in the summer look like a winter wonderland!

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Here’s the Pinable version if you’d like to save it for later!

DIY Glitter Mod Podge Instagram Coasters Pin

*Photography by Alyssa Wible

Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at


  • Reply November 12, 2012


    Where can we get more of these awesome coasters?

    • Reply November 13, 2012

      Alicia DiRago

      Hi Stephanie! Send me an email and I’ll help you out!

      • Reply November 14, 2012


        No, my question is, where can I buy more tiles? What kind of tiles? I’ve got the two from my box, but if I want a set I certainly need more than 2!

        • Reply November 15, 2012


          Hi Stephanie!

          I just sent an email with the information about getting more coasters. Be on the lookout for it, and let me know if you are interested. Thanks! :)

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  • Reply November 19, 2012

    beth delmonte

    love this project, love love love this blog, love whimsy box; you are fantastic. Don’t worry about thanksgiving. I do it every year, it’s the easiest holiday to host. Some tips
    1.The prep is everything. Cut up all your onions, carrots, celery garlic, potatoes, whatever your ingredients are the night before or early that morning.
    2.I start cooking my turkey at 6am and then it’s done so I can breath
    3.Set table a couple days before
    4.Take out your serving pieces and put little post it notes on each of them and set aside so when things are done you aren’t rifling around like a crazy person
    5.i keep my 2 ovens on all day at 200 to get them ready for warming things so that everything that you prepared before can be literally thrown in the oven(not the turkey)
    I based the turkey every 20 minutes to not dry it out but heres a great tip from julia child. take fresh herbs like rosemary and basil
    then cup them up with butter to make like a paste. Put this under the skin of the turkey. This can tend to sceave me but my hubbie does this and honestly it makes the turkey so yummie. Also take the herbs and put them in the cavity of the turkey. i don’t do the stuffing in the turkey bc i think its yucky but if you do then put the herbs in the back then the stuffing. Good luck xo

    • Reply November 20, 2012

      Alicia DiRago

      Thanks Beth! That’s a great idea about the serving pieces because I’m already nervous we won’t have enough/the right ones. I should just decide now where everything goes so it’s not a scramble at the last minute. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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