“Outlander” Image Transfer Coasters
Bridal Shower Decorations Made with the Cricut Explore
My next door neighbor was hosting an Outlander theme bridal shower for her step-daughter and I offered to give her a hand with the decorations. The bride is a huge fan of Pride & Prejudice (more on that later) and an even bigger fan of the Outlander series so we had a little fun with it.
Janet (my friend/neighbor) was making coaster sets as party favors. She has seen the photo transfer technique on Pinterest.
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Supplies needed include:
Tile (4 per set–4″ x 4″)
Plastic Scraper or Old Credit Card
Spray Bottle of Water
Sponge (do not use the scratchy side)
Jute Twine & Gift Tag
We did one set of four coasters for each guest. Janet chose a 4″ x 4″ tile that didn’t have a high gloss on it.
She selected 4 different photos from an Outlander website-one image for each of the 4 coasters in the set. The one above is of the two main characters, Jamie (sigh) and Claire. Ideally, you want them to measure the same size as your tile, but if they’re larger your can trim them to size. Print your images using a laser printer onto white cardstock and cut them out. If you don’t have a laser printer, you can have Staples print them.
Trim your photos to size, and wipe down your tiles so the surface is clean. Then grab your container of Modge Podge and a sponge brush.
Apply a layer of Modge Podge to the tile being sure to take it all the way to the edges. Give it a good coat.
This is important.
You are now going to apply Modge Podge to the FACE of your image! Then apply your image to the tile – face side down.
With a credit card or plastic scraper, smooth out all of the air bubbles, ensuring that the photo has complete contact with the tile. Set aside until completely dry.
Now for the fun part!
For the next step you will need your spray bottle of water and sponge. You can use your fingers, but we found a sponge worked best. Cover your table or counter — we used the back side of a vinyl tablecloth so the water would get absorbed. It’s going to be getting a little wet and messy!
Spray the back of the photo with water until its pretty wet. You will begin to see the image through the cardstock. Let it sit a second and gently rub your sponge across the cardstock. Excess paper will start to “roll off”, leaving your image on the tile. I found it’s better to use a light touch–aggressive scrubbing can rub the image off the tile. Keep gently rubbing the sponge on the paper until the cardstock is removed and the white haze of glue is gone. Set aside and let dry. Rinse your sponge as necessary.
We did notice that some of the tiles still had a white haze on them as they were drying! No worries–just spray and gently rub some more. Once the tiles have dried completely you can seal them with another coat of Modge Podge. The last step is to either cut and glue felt to the bottom of each tile or to apply those little felt dots so they don’t scratch the table surface.
We used black and white images in keeping with the time period of “Outlanders”, but you can use color images too. We tied our set of 4 tiles with jute twine and I made some tags that matched the colors of the bridal party.
There you have it. A really great party favor or gift idea. Of course, you don’t have to use a book or TV show theme. Any graphic printed with a laser printer will do. You can use color images as well. Your children’s photos on coasters for their grandparents, beach themed coasters, holiday coasters, seasonal coasters. The possibilities are endless.
Give it a try and let me know how yours come out!
Oh! I mentioned Pride and Prejudice! One of the bride-to-be’s favorite quotes is from Pride and Prejudice so for her shower present I made her this using my Cricut Explore machine: