The perfect Father’s Day gift is as close as the faces around you. Sweet smiles, adorable candids, moments captured forever in a photograph. Those photographs can be used to make a very special Father’s Day gift: photo coasters. 

I know because we did it – and he loved it. 

They’re inexpensive, there’s room to be creative, and they will be as unique as your family! 


• 4"x4" tiles
• Photos (printed on photo paper or tissue paper)
• Scissors
• Mod Podge (an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish)
• Foam brush
• Clear acrylic coating spray
• Felt

Cut your photos to fit on the tile. If you are printing pictures on tissue paper, make sure you tape the tissue paper to card stock so it will travel safely through the printer.

Apply Mod Podge to the tile with the foam brush. Place photo on tile and let it set a few minutes. Apply Mod Podge to the photo using long strokes.

Spray clear acrylic coating, pausing between coats. The spray seals the photo and makes it waterproof.

Once the spray has completely dried, flip the coaster over and add the felt.

And that’s the basic how-to of photo coasters. I tried a few different styles. The process is the same, though. Stack them up and tie a ribbon around them. Your Father’s Day present is ready to go!

Some thoughts and tips after trying this out:

I was very happy with the actual photos placed on tiles, especially color photographs of my kids placed on colored tiles. They turned out very pretty and had “wow” factor. These were my husband’s favorites.

Black-and-white photos on tissue paper using textured tiles also look really great.

Pictures printed on regular paper and then attached to cork looked sloppy and inferior, and unless you are super crafty or particular, steer clear.

Terra cotta pot bases turned out great! I had some chalkboard paint so I painted them first. Now we can use chalk to leave a special message.


About the author: Simri Davis lives in McKinney with her husband and three children.