faux granite coasters {handmade gift kids can make}

Yesterday I shared the pen & alcohol tile art my younger kids had so much fun creating when their Grandma visited for spring break. Today I’m going to show you how my older kids put their own twist on that fun art project and created colorful faux granite coasters. The coasters turn out so pretty and would make a perfect for an inexpensive handmade gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Christmas.

Kids can make these DIY coasters using pens, alcohol, and FIRE! Fun and easy handmade gift kids can make.

If you missed yesterday’s post, you’ll want to check it out. It shows how kids can scribble on a tile, add alcohol to blend the ink, and then burn off the alcohol to reveal a gorgeous design. If you keep a little more alcohol in a spritz bottle, you can turn those designs into something that looks like a pretty colored granite with one more step.

Tiles decorated with alcohol ink to look like granite coasters

Pretty, right?

Stack of DIY coasters under a mug of cocoa

Here’s a quick video that shows how simple this process is:

Four coasters made to look like granite with alcohol and sharpies

To finish off these coasters we colored the tile edges with a permanent marker, sprayed the tiles with polyurethane to seal them, and added adhesive felt circles to the undersides.

A stack of DIY coasters


Remember to find all the supplies needed and details from yesterday’s post and please remember to use caution during the burning step. And don’t forget:

A close up of art tiles with the words: If you don't like how it turns out, just clean it off with alcohol and try again!


DIY coasters made from white tiles decorated with marbled inks; cup of cocoa on a coaster

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