Make it yourself: Race bib coasters

I was recently inspired by Runner’s World ‘Gifts for Runners' Facebook post to recreate these adorable race bib coasters.

It’s such a simple concept and really easy to make!

4 ¼ x 4 ¼ Ceramic tiles
4x4 felt squares
Mod Podge (any finish)
Krylon clear acrylic sealer
Sponge brush applicator
Hot glue gun
4X4 paper template (optional)

Instead of cutting my actual race bib (I save each and every one of them), I used a color photocopy. Depending on the size of your race bib, you can make four 4x4 coasters. The bib I chose is oblong, so I decided to make two coasters rather than have a bunch of white space around the outside of the bib.

• Cut the bib into 4x4 squares. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile. Center and place a bib square on the tile. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles. Let dry 5-10 minutes.

• Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge on top of the bib square and around the edges of the tile. Let each coat dry in between applications.

• Allow the tile to dry overnight. Apply a thin layer of acrylic sealer to the tile. You can spray additional coats of sealer for added moisture protection. But again, let each coat dry between applications.

• Once dry, apply a backing to the tile to protect your furniture from scratches. I used felt because I was too lazy to go back to Home Depot to get cork. I used hot glue to adhere 4x4 felt squares.

A few things to consider: The Mod Pogde application may look streaky even after it has dried. Once I applied the acrylic sealer, the surface evened out a lot.
Make sure your work surface is free of lint, dust, etc. I cut out my felt pieces as I was waiting on a layer of Mod Podge to dry and a few strings of felt got embedded in the surface of the coasters.

So cute. Race bib coasters definitely make great gifts!


MS. Bad Mama Jama said...

Love this!

Margaux Mays said...

Thanks, MS. Bad Mama Jama!

Karen Walker said...

Great Idea! I will try this DIY!!! THANKS!!!

Margaux Mays said...

Thanks @Karen Walker!