Fun With Mod Podge

I discovered decoupage during my final year of law school.  When my classmate Rachel and I grew bored with studying for exciting seminars like “Drafting and Analysis of Business Documents” and blowing off steam in the Nashville honkey tonk scene felt simply passé, we would cast aside our cowboy boots, pour a glass of wine, and spend hours with our newfound friend, Mod Podge.  Oh and there was plenty of Two-Buck Chuck involved, too.

Rachel and I spent many a Saturday night scouring Michaels and Home Depot for a new craft activity (mostly because they were located next door to one another).  There we discovered that bathroom tiles, scrapbooking paper, and Mod Podge added up to hours of fun.

Trust me.  Mod Podge and Two-Buck Chuck really are a great way to help you unwind, especially  when your day consists of verifying sources for an academic paper no one will ever read, or, in the alternative, being mercilessly drilled in front of your class by a professor who would much rather be writing an academic paper no one will ever read.  In other words, no one in their right mind should ever go to law school.  Everyone, however, should craft!

While drowning our academic sorrows in cheap wine, Rachel and I would make coasters.  Lots and lots of coasters.  This craft is easy, mindless, and makes a great gift.  In fact, a set of four will cost you less than a dollar to make.  They also double as trivets!



If you wanted to get really creative, you could also use these to design a backsplash for your kitchen.



  • Four ceramic tiles (you will need only one large tile if you are making a trivet)
  • Scrapbooking paper: one sheet per set of four coasters.

    Or, instead of one sheet, mix it up and use two sheets of contrasting paper for two coasters each in a set of four.

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife (optional)
  • Sponge brush
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Waterproof Sealant
  • Felt tabs (you could buy sheets of cork paper at a craft store to cut and glue onto the backs of your tiles, but the felt is faster and less messy)


Select your scrapbook paper, pencil and a tile.  Trace the shape of the tile on the blank side of the scrapbook paper into four separate squares.  Cut out your squares.

Open the jar of Mod Podge.  Take your sponge brush and apply ModPodge to the blank side of your square.  Adhere the scrapbook square to the top of your tile.  Repeat with the remaining tiles.

Take your sponge brush and apply 2 coats of Mod Podge to the top of your covered tile.  The Mod Podge dries clear.  Allow at least 15-20 minutes between coats.  Repeat with the remaining tiles.

Allow the coats to fully dry.  Have some wine.  Watch a movie.  Have some more wine.

Open your waterproof sealant.  Take your paintbrush and apply 2 coats of sealant to the top of your tile.   Repeat with the remaining tiles.  Allow the coats to fully dry.

Attach four felt feet to the bottom of each tile.  These prevent the tiles from scuffing whatever surface you use them for.

Allow the sealant to set for 30 days before using as a coaster or a trivet.  When I give these as gifts, I take ribbon and tie sets of 4 together.  You could even hole punch a gift tag to attach to the ribbon.

These were a gift for my boyfriend. He was afraid to use them at first, and actually went out and bought coasters...

Abbey, otherwise known as Aunt Abbey to our girls, is the “adopted” 4th Montgomery girl and recent graduate of law school … and searching for employment if you know of anything, anywhere.


Serving up craft ideas, event ideas, and general dry wit, Abbey enjoys travel, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, and her cocker spaniel. She also has a collection of license plates reflecting the several states where she has resided. If you have a question about, well, anything, Abbey can usually find the answer. She loves planning trips, volunteer work, crafting, cooking, and learning new things to share with the Live Pretty audience.

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2 Responses to “Fun With Mod Podge”

  1. Rebecca — January 6, 2011 @ 7:37 am (#

    what a fun idea! Very well-written piece. As a fellow victim of the currently-non-existant legal employment market I wish you good luck in your search for work. I opted to create my own opportunity by establishing a solo practice, but my experience as a paralegal is in transactional real estate, and there aren’t a lot of clients in that niche right now. My banking experience enables me to handle creditor disputes with confidence, and I am associated with a practicing attorney in Ocala who is my mentor for Estate Planning and Probate. Another Gainesville attorney is my mentor for foreclosure defense/other litigation issues. Self-employment is gratifying, but not a source of significant income. May I suggest that, when you’re ready for a weightier topic, you blog about the “no one should go to law school” idea…the number of people I know who graduated with honors from highly ranked schools with loads of student-loan debt and no source of income amounts to a crisis in my mind. You are an excellent writer, Abbey!


  2. Melissa — January 6, 2011 @ 4:09 pm (#

    Sounds relaxing and pretty much foolproof for us non-artistic types 🙂


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