Disney It Yourself: Park Map Coasters

by on April 15, 2015 16 Comments

Filed under: Beyond the Parks

Photo - Angela Dahlgren Photo - Angela Dahlgren

Today, I have an easy and affordable Disney DIY to share with you all: Disney map coasters!

Pull out those park maps (I know you grabbed one of each as a souvenir. I do the same thing everything time I visit Walt Disney World.), and let’s get crafting!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Scissors or an X-acto knife
  • Ceramic Tiles (I bought 4)
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Felt
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic sealer spray
  • Pen or pencil
  • Disney park maps

I bought my coaster tiles at Home Depot where you would find the bathroom or back splash tiles. These are so cheap! For the four tiles, I paid about fifty cents.

The felt, Mod Podge, sponge paint brush and acrylic sealer can be found at a craft store such as Michael’s. Insider’s Tip: Buy more felt than you need just in case you make a mistake.Spread your map out flat and place a tile on top. I used maps from Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Photo - Angela Dahlgren

Take your pen or pencil and trace the outline of the tile on to the map. Have an extra map handy if you want all four tiles to be the same park. Cut out what you’ve traced.

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Using your sponge brush, apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of your tile and attach your map square. Use your finger to smooth the map square flat as air bubbles might pop up. I did get a few air bubbles on my tiles, but they were much less noticeable after I sealed the coasters with the acrylic spray. To prevent the edges from popping up, place a heavy book on top while it dries.Photo - Angela Dahlgren

Apply 2-3 more coats of Mod Podge to the tile, waiting in between for each layer to dry. After your coasters dry, place one on top of the felt and trace the outline. Cut out felt pieces. It helps to cut the felt a little bigger than you need to make sure it will fit. 

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Apply the Mod Podge to the bottom of the tile and attach the felt.

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Once that dries, take your tiles outside and spray two coasts of the acrylic spray. Allow time to dry for 24 hours. Take your scissors and trim any extra map or felt to size and Voila! Your Disney map coasters are done!

Photo - Angela Dahlgren

Stack, tie together with a ribbon and give these as a special gift to your fellow Disney buffs….or keep for yourself. Either way, these Disney map coasters are simple, practical and a great way to display your Disney side!

Would you make these coasters? What should I do for my next DIY project? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @AngelaDahlgren!

Posted on April 15, 2015

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