Margaux Mays


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

  • Scissors

  • 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!