Did you catch the resin project I did a couple of weeks ago with a vintage side table? (you can see it here…) I had some Envirotex-Lite resin left over so decided to make some fun winter coasters with ceramic tiles and fabric.
I used two different fabrics as an experiment to see which worked better. The first was a flannel buffalo check.The second, a fun tea time cotton from Spoonflower.
Whichever type of fabric you use, start by measuring and cutting out a square that is an inch bigger than the tile on all sides. I did the next step two different ways. For two of the tiles I used a spray adhesive to adhere the fabric to the tile. The others I used a coat of Mod Podge to adhere it. For the ones I used a coat of Mod Podge, I also put two coats of it on top of the fabric as well to seal it. Sealing it before the resin step helps to protect the look and colour of the fabric.
If you don’t seal the fabric with Mod Podge before the resin, the resin will soak into the fabric and change the colour.
I definitely ended up preferring this method to the spray adhesive and no sealing. The colours were much truer and the look was over all nicer.
When you are ready to pour the resin (follow the instructions on the box to mix and remove bubbles) make sure your coasters are raised up. The resin will need to drip off of the sides in order to form an nice smooth top surface. Pour on the resin and carefully remove any bubbles. Every half hour or so I used a popsicle stick and wiped away any drips that had formed on the underside of each tile. If you miss any, they can easily be sanded away once the resin is fully cured. To finish off the new coasters, add four little “feet” on the bottom of the tile.
Use your favourite fabric and resin to make fun coasters great for a warm winter cup of tea.
I was really, really happy with how well the tea time fabric turned out. The cotton stayed beautiful and crisp under the Mod Podge and Resin. The flannel fabric worked well with the Mod Podge as well, but not without.
Using bright, colourful patterns definitely works better for this project. I love that there are so many options with this type of project! You could use photos, your favourite saying or fabric to match your decor. The possibilities are really endless.
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