Anthropologie Inspired Coasters {Sort Of}

It’s no secret that as a crafter I’m drawn to two things: Anthropologie and Pinterest. When you put these things together you get lots of inspiration, at an affordable price. Most of the time when I see an Anthropologie Inspired item, it’s trying to make a replica of something on Anthropologie. This isn’t quite that kind of post. It’s been inspired in a different way.

I was on the site a few weeks ago, scouting out a cute egg holder they had for cheap {and yes, I bought it in blue}.

While I was on there I also saw the wallpaper and swooned a little. Then I saw it. Free wallpaper samples. That were about 4×6. I have no shame in saying I ordered every. single. sample. they had. Ok, maybe I also ordered some more that weren’t there when I initially ordered them. I had to see what these looked like in person. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I was obviously going to do something with them.

They came in and I was a little bit excited. So excited in fact, that I hung them on my new reclaimed barn window board just so I could stare at them as I walked by all day. Googly Eyes.

I realized it would be fun to have these as coasters. Could it work? I mean of course it could work, but what might it look like? Hi Ho Pinterest!


Oh yes, I will do this. Thank you Pinterest.

I knew the tiles had to be cheap, and I knew mod podge would do the trick. How cheap though, and which mod podge? A trip to Home Depot proved the white tiles were .16 cents a piece. Yes, I will take 12 of them and pay under $3.00 thank you very much. I tried the Matte podge. Not hard enough. So I pulled out the big guns, using a 50% off coupon at AC Moore.

How I’ve done this certainly isn’t the only way – but it worked for me and I liked it.

First cut your paper to size. I realized the Anthropologie wallpapers weren’t quite wide enough to fit the entire tile. My first incantation of this was to use the wallpaper, and part of the label (the piece of paper it’s mounted on).  My second incantation was to center the paper and leave a small white border around two sides (you’ll see both below).

I also used some nonthropologie scrap paper, which I simply traced the tile on and cut to size.

Second, I used a sponge brush to put a thin layer of hardcoat mod podge on the tile. Mod Podging in one hand and photographing in the other, in low light, was quite the feat.

Third, lay down your paper onto the top and make sure it’s all aligned. If you’re using the Anthro wallpaper, or otherwise collaging, you can let it overlap the sides for this step. You’ll just need an exacto knife to cut the excess off. Smooth out the paper to remove any air bubbles, and make sure to let it set up for a minute or two before the next step. Once it’s set up a bit, if you have any overhang, turn the tile over on a clean surface and use the exacto knife to trim it all square and clean.

Fourth, put a thin coat of mod podge on the top of your tiles, over the paper. Make sure to do this in multiple thin coats. It will cut down on drying and cure time, and build up a hard coat which is what you want. Don’t forget to do the sides of the tile too – you need the edges of the paper sealed as well.

This is the anthro paper leaving a little bit of an edge on it.

Fifth. Wait, am I on the fifth step? I think so. Let’s go with that.

Fifth, keep on podging. Some people mention spraying the top with a hard acrylic sealer to make it last longer. At some point I will likely do this, but I want to test some of my less awesome (i.e. first ones) out first without to see if it holds up. Now, according to Mod Podge, it has to set for four weeks before it’s fully set. Try and wait the four weeks. If you can’t, at least stay away from hot drinks. It will melt that shiz since it isn’t cured yet.

Sixth. Well, I haven’t done sixth yet but I plan on it. You’ll want to put something on the bottom to keep them from scratching your surface – these are tiles after all. Some people use felt dots, I plan on going full out and gluing a felt square onto the bottom. I highly recommend this.

Once you’re done, you get these. Anthropologie inspires {sort of} coasters. C’est Magnifique indeed.

….and my favorite. The lofty larks.

The more I made these, the better they got (you know, like most things in life, practice helps). This is such an easy and fun project because it’s so customizable. I love the Pinterest found ones from above that have a white border the entire way around. You could also spray paint the tiles first if you wanted them to be a different color. If you do, just do it in a well ventilated area and again – multiple thin coats is better than one thick drippy one.

So many options. So much paper. So little time.

I might be a little obsessed with making these out of a bunch of different mediums.

So family – you might all be getting handmade coasters for Christmas.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Oh, and Anthropologie – thank you for the free samples {that you offer everyone}. Sorry I can’t afford the actual wallpaper by the rolls.

If I could, I’d probably make coasters out of it. You guys are awesome.

Happy Podging, Pinning, and Pining on Anthropologie,


{Anthropologie has no idea this post, or my little blog, exists. I have not been paid or perked to write this. Not my style. You can see my stance on that here}.

6 thoughts on “Anthropologie Inspired Coasters {Sort Of}

  1. OMG I’m in love. I just requested all the dang swatches and I plan on doing some sort of amazing craft with it. I LOVE your idea of coasters…Hmmm…

    Great blog!

  2. Funny, because I actually make and sell these at craft fairs around the Boston area!! I’ve found that felt works best for the bottoms (or cork but it’s more expensive). Also, at Lowe’s I found a box of 100 tiles for a DOLLAR one time so always check the clearance racks too! They weren’t white but weren’t cream colored..somewhere in between and perfect!

    1. Hi Lindsey! I actually have a roll of cork at home, and was thinking about using that instead! It’s good to know it works well. I plan on giving these out as Christmas gifts, but also maybe putting some up on my etsy store. I love making them! Also – nice score on the tiles! There’s nothing like a good bargain!


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