DIY Ombre Tissue Paper Coasters


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We are on a coaster craze! There will never be a drink ring on any of our tables ever again, that’s for sure. To make these simple, beautiful ombre coasters you need ceramic tiles, Mod Podge, felt and tissue paper.

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Start by cutting your tissue into 4 squares at least 5” in size.

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Coat your tile with Mod Podge and then apply the first square centered on the tile. Cover with another layer of Mod Podge by starting in the center and moving to the outside to smooth away any wrinkles.

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Apply the 2nd piece of tissue 1/4 of the way down the tile. Cover with Mod Podge.

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Add a 3rd layer starting at the halfway point in the tile and cover with another layer of Mod Podge. Then add a 4th layer 75% of the way down the tile and cover with a final layer of Mod Podge.

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Give the Mod Podge time to dry completely and then trim away the excess paper with a pair of sharp scissors. If any edges are sticking up, cover with one more layer of Mod Podge. (Never too much Mod Podge!!)

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To protect the bottom of your coaster and your table, trace and cut out a square of felt. Attach it to the tile with a thin, even coat of glue or, yup, Mod Podge!

Here’s the Here’s the Pinable graphic, for your convenience.

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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 20, 2012


    I was curious. I have always wanted to make coasters like you have shared. Love the idea of layering the tissue paper. With mod podge, is it water resistant?

    • Reply November 20, 2012

      Alicia DiRago

      Hey Michelle – Yup, the Mod Podge makes it totally water-resistant so the coaster will be protected. Hope you give it a try!

  • Reply November 21, 2012


    Love this idea!!! Where can I buy tiles? Home Depot? White?

    • Reply November 21, 2012

      Alicia DiRago

      Thanks Daniela! Yes, you can use hardware store tiles for this project. But if you wait a few days you might find a limited edition Whimseybox for sale….. ;)

  • Reply November 21, 2012

    Kay Hyde

    What a very nice idea! I like how you layer the colors of the tissues. It came out so nice. I would love to give this a try! :) Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply November 21, 2012

      Rachel Hobson

      So glad you like it! Hope you give it a try, and share it in our community. :)

  • Reply November 29, 2012


    Sweet! Now I have something to do with all the pretty tissue paper that comes with my Whimseybox!

  • Reply November 30, 2012


    I have been looking for different coaster ideas for Christmas gifts and happened upon your tonight. Thanks for this idea. My daughter will LOVE this in pink.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Cassandra Rothman

    This is wonderful! I never thought of making like this. This can be a perfect gift for christmas. Nice job rachel! :)

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  • Reply February 9, 2013

    Christine O

    Very fun idea! I’m thinking of jazzing them up just a little bit for my folks, add some stickers or clip art to coordinate with their home decor! Great project for me any my girly.

    • Reply February 11, 2013


      Great idea! Post a pic in the Community section when you’re done!

  • Reply May 18, 2013


    These are gorgeous! Thanks!

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  • Reply December 8, 2013

    Lesley Andrews

    I really, really loved this idea for gifts but I ended up abandoning my project because I found the tissue paper really difficult to work with! It did not seem to withstand the Modge Podge very well (even though I was using a thin layer and very gentle brushstrokes.) Did anyone else experience the same issues as me, or am I just a klutz when it comes to Modge Podge?

    • Reply December 8, 2013


      Hey Lesley! Sorry to hear you had so much trouble. Did you have trouble with the tissue paper tearing, or just wrinkling? I have found that some tissue paper is thicker/better for this project than others. Also, what kind of brush are you using? I find a foam brush works best in this case. Hope that helps!

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