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DIY Painted Coasters

Participating in arts and crafts activities is a great way to spend time with your elderly loved one. These activities will bring out their creative side while also allowing them social time with others. Play their favourite music, provide colours and designs they enjoy and are familiar with and the outcome is a great shared memory and moment of your time spent together.

This activity uses plain white ceramic tiles that can be bought at your local hardware store, dollar store or craft store. With some simple techniques and materials, you are sure to get a great work of art that you can use almost right away!

Painted Coasters Method #1

A quick and simple painting project using acrylic paint and other easy-to-find materials.


  • White 4" x 4" Ceramic Tile

  • Painter's tape (optional)

  • Multi-surface acrylic paint, in a variety of colours

  • Paint brush or paint sponge

  • Cork or felt pads, self-adhesive


  1. Tape off a section of the tile to create a design. This part is optional, but it allows for multi-coloured areas to be painted at one time.

  2. using the brush or sponge, paint the untaped section of the tile and let it dry. Paint as many coats as you need to achieve the desired design.

  3. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the painter's tape. You may leave the area white or use another colour to paint the blank section. Let dry

  4. Once dry, stick the felt pads onto the bottom corners of the painted coaster so that the tile does not scratch your furniture surface.

Painted Coasters Method #2

This design technique is a bit more advanced and requires some assistance and a well-ventilated area!


  • White 4" x 4" Ceramic Tile

  • Plastic container

  • Water

  • Nail polish, quick-dry, in a variety of colours

  • Craft stick

  • Plastic/Latex gloves

  • Paper towels

  • Cork or felt pads, self-adhesive


  1. Put on a pair of gloves that you don't mind getting stained with the nail polish.

  2. Pour water into a container

  3. Swirl nail polish over the water by tipping the bottle and moving it around the surface of the water.

  4. Dip a white tile through the surface of the water with a glove. You can use a stick to swirl but move quickly. If it dries too much, it will just clump on the stick.

  5. Lift the tile out, turn it over and let dry on a paper towel.

  6. To avoid scuff marks on furniture, you may place the self-adhesive felt pads on the bottom of the coaster once dry.


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