It may come as no surprise that we’ve got a long list of Caribbean & Latin food and drink recipes that we love. And of course, we want to make sure you’ve got instant access to our favorites, in case you’re interested in unleashing your inner island local. Check out our guide to Caribbean cuisine if you’re ready to get down on some delicious food and drinks. You’ve got options when it comes to keeping these delish recipes handy. Download it to your phone and use it as an e-recipe book. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, turn these recipes into fabulous DIY coasters!
Here’s what you'll need:
- Guide to Caribbean cuisine - printed (one-side)
- White, 4-1/4" square ceramic tiles
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Felt (preferably white)
- Spray acrylic sealer
- Scissors or a craft knife
- Cutting mat or any other clean, flat surface
The guide to Caribbean cuisine is full of great recipes, but to start off you might want to pick a few of your favorites. Once you've chosen, print them but make sure that you DO NOT fit to scale and that you DO NOT print on both sides of the paper. Once the pictures have printed, cut them out so that you end up with 4x4 in. square prints. Tip: the higher the quality of your print, the better the coasters will look.
Once you have your prints ready, you'll need to get the rest of the materials. White 4-1/4 in. ceramic tiles are recommended because the extra 1/4 of an inch provides a clean background for the image. You can get these tiles at any home improvement store (i.e. Home Depot) for about 10 cents each. You can pick up the rest of the materials at any craft store. Make sure that you get the spray acrylic sealer, or else your tiles won't be waterproof.
Now that you have all the necessary materials, follow these steps:
- The first thing you need to do is make sure that all your surfaces and tools are clean. You'll want to make sure of this during the entire process to make sure that you don't get anything on the Mod Podge, or else your coasters will be bumpier than a teenaged boy's face.
- Once you've made sure that everything is good to go, brush a layer of Mod Podge on top of the finished surface of the tile. You should brush left to right, and have even stokes to ensure the smoothest finish possible. Make sure you get all the way to the edges.
- As soon as you're done brushing the Mod Podge on the tile, lay a 4x4 in. square print on top of it so that it sticks to the tile. Make sure it's as centered as possible and smooth it out from the center out with your finger if necessary. You'll want to do all of this quickly, because Mod Podge dries FAST. Tip: after about 10-15 seconds of laying the picture on the Mod Podge, avoid touching it at all or you may ruin the print.
- Next, brush another layer of Mod Podge on top of the image, following the same technique as before. Make sure you smooth it out, if necessary.
- Let your coasters set for several hours to make sure that the Mod Podge completely dries.
- Once the coasters are dry, spray them with the acrylic sealer to ensure that they're waterproof. We recommend you get a sealer with a glossy finish, but satin works just as well.
- Finally, you'll need to make sure that your coasters don't scratch up your furniture. You can buy peel-and-stick felt to cover the back of your tile with, or use regular felt and craft glue to complete the task. You'll want to make sure that the felt is slightly smaller than the tile, so cut out 4x4 in. pieces of it so that the front and back of the tiles look uniform.
Voila! Now you can reminisce about your trip to the beach whenever you have a drink, or gift these beauties to somebody so that they can begin to dream of a Caribbean vacation.
Roberto Jaimes is a Texas A&M graduate and a Web Content Editor at CheapCaribbean.com. Roberto can do a thing or two in Adobe Creative Suite and spends his free time watching/playing soccer and exploring Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.