DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards – Keepsake Coasters

Tile coasters are not a new thing in the DIY world, but I thought I would put my own spin on them.  I wanted to be able to do something special for Thanksgiving this year with the kids, and I remembered as a child, loving the job of being the “place card maker.”  I got to create name cards for each family member and decide where each one would sit.  Quite the honor.  So, this year, we made some place cards that could be taken home and enjoyed long after the turkey and sweet potato dinner.

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It was important to me that these be personal, and what’s more personal than a picture drawn by a sweet little one?

So here’s how we did it.



  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Mod Podge (Dishwasher safe version)
  • Paintbrush
  • Felt Pads
  • Child’s artwork/Scrapbook paper/ Letter Stickers


  • I used ceramic coaster tiles. You can find these at the hardware store, or if you are at Michael’s, you can pick up a 4 pack for around $3.


  • I traced the tiles onto plain white paper, and had my 5 and 4 year olds draw a picture inside the box.  They used markers, but they had a tendency to smear a little. Colored pencils may help with that.
  • When they were finished, I cut the square slightly smaller than the tile.
  • I then applied the mod podge to the back of the paper.  I found this helped it stick better than applying the lodge to the tile.

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  • Next, I placed the paper onto the tile smoothing out the bubbles I went.
  • Then I waited about 30 minutes for it to dry.
  • Once dry, I added 2-3 coats of mod podge on the front, letting each coat dry in between.

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  • During this process I noticed several wrinkles/bubbles, but they disappeared as it dried.
  • Once they were all dry, I added the sticky felt pads to the back.

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I’m so happy with the finished product, mostly because these are special keepsakes.

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These would also make a great Christmas gift for grandparents, Aunts/Uncles, etc.

Have a great week!



  1. Lori Warrenfeltz says:

    Oh dear Stephanie, I was cleaning out my buffet and found Thanksgiving place cards from a very long time ago! Even before Tim was born! My heart smiled when I reached for them. They are a treasure!!! These were paper, but I love your tile idea!

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