DIY Portuguese Tile Coasters Tutorial: How to Apply Adhesive Vinyl on Ceramic
Making beautiful DIY porcelain tile coasters is easy with Craftables Adhesive Vinyl. Today I am sharing how you can make custom tile coasters to match any of your home décor in this easy step-by-step tutorial with my Silhouette Cameo.
Estimated Time: 15 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
Creating Your Design:
Step 1: Open up your Silhouette Studio®.
Step 2: Select the Page Setup Window and adjust your cutting mat size to 12x12 (or the sized mat you are using).
Step 3: Download your design from the Silhouette Design Store and then open your word art in Silhouette Studio. Click File>Library>Downloaded Designs>Select your downloaded file.
Step 4: Measure your porcelain tile and re-size your design to the correct space on your 12x12 template – be sure to move the design as a group so it keeps everything lined up. You can do this by clicking and dragging to cover the whole design and then moving as one piece.
Step 5: Select your design and copy (Ctrl+C) and then paste (Ctrl+V) to make additional copies of the design. Repeat the paste until you have the desired number of designs. Tip: this means your Silhouette will cut all of them out at one time rather than having to load vinyl into your machine multiple times for the same design.
Step 6: Follow the prompts in the Design Studio to adjust your blade (if using a ratchet blade) for Permanent Adhesive Vinyl and double check to make sure your design has been selected to cut. Tip: reference your Craftables insert to see what setting you should use.
Step 7: Place your Adhesive Vinyl on a cutting mat and load into your Silhouette Cameo.
Step 8: Select “Send” to start cutting.
Step 9: Select “Unload” when your machine has finished cutting your design to remove the cutting mat from the machine.
Preparing Your Design:
Step 1: Remove your sheets of Permanent Adhesive Vinyl from the cutting mat – go slow so it doesn’t curl up.
Step 2: Use your fingers or a wedding tool to remove the excess vinyl. Be sure to leave your design on the backing sheet. Tip: I trimmed my designs into individual squares before weeding.
Step 3: Be sure to clean and prep your tile square.
Creating Your Tile Coaster:
Step 1: Place a piece of transfer tape over your design.
Step 2: Use the scraping tool to make sure the design adheres to the transfer tape.
Step 3: Gently pull transfer tape up and make sure the entire design lifts with it.
Step 4: Place your design on your tile.
Step 5: Use the scraping tool to smooth the design onto the tile.
Step 6: Slowly remove the transfer tape. Tip: pull from a corner and not the side to make sure each part of the design transfers completely to your tile.
About the Author
My name is Kayla and I’m a DIY loving mom of 3, living in North Carolina. I absolutely love creating! It doesn’t matter if it’s refinishing furniture or paper crafting, I love it all. I’m a former blogger for Silhouette America and current blogger for Cricut so I know the ins and outs of both machines and love teaching beginners all of the handy tips and tricks. Come visit my blog at kaylamakes.com or follow me on Instagram @kayla_made.