Alcohol Ink Coasters

Did you know that Home Depot no longer sells 4×4″ ceramic tiles?

The salesperson I spoke with said that that particular size has become dated and there’s no demand for it in ceramic?

But how will I create alcohol ink coasters?!

Next size up is 6×6″…  a little big but maybe I can pass these off as trivets?

Or they can be coasters that are big enough for your cup and your cookie?

Regardless, this was a technique I’ve been dying to try out and I had to give it a whirl.

First off, you need ALCOHOL ink refills, not water-based ones.

I’m telling you this because I tried it with my Stampin’ Up refills, which are water based, and it just looks like a food colouring smudge:

Coasters made from ceramic tile and alcohol ink

  They aren’t awful, but they don’t have the interest that the graphic lines created by the alcohol ink do.

You will need:

  • white ceramic tiles
  • rubbing alcohol
  • alcohol ink refills
  • small brush  


Coasters made from ceramic tile and alcohol ink
Coasters made from ceramic tile and alcohol ink
Coasters made from ceramic tile and alcohol ink

That’s it!

The entire tutorial!

Just add contrasting colours as you like and watch as they spread and meld together to create interesting patterns.

Coasters made from ceramic tile and alcohol ink

 I got a little carried away…

Coasters made from ceramic tile and alcohol ink

Make sure they are dry, i.e. no little puddles of colour or alcohol anywhere, and then coat with a protector/sealer.

If you’re going to use them as trivets, you’ll need a sealer that is heat tolerant, or else any varnish you put on will just melt off with the first hot pot that sits on it.

If you’re using them as coasters, you can get away with just a light coat of mod podge.

I put small cork pads on so that they don’t scratch anything.

I think a 6×6″ tile is going to work out just fine…
Room for my chai latte and a couple of mint smoothies!


Have a great one!

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2015-05-04T19:29:16-04:00January 22nd, 2014|CRAFTS, GIFT IDEAS, KID'S CRAFTS|2 Comments


  1. Jen Rita January 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    LOVE IT!!!! I’m loving this idea. You could even get mini cupcake holders to put on it with the drink and it’s a cute little dessert plate/coaster. Nice!

    • Shelly January 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Brilliant! I was thinking of doing a version with the colours of the room it will be in so you can coordinate with your decor. Maybe a treat tray for Santa in red, white and green? Thanks for the input!

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