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Harry Potter Tile Coasters

Written By: Colleen - Jun• 24•13

A few weeks ago, when I posted about the tile coasters that I made with pictures from our Walt Disney World trip last year.  I decided to make coasters for my sisters using pages from our favorite books.  For Christie, I decided to use pages from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I wanted to get an older book that was already falling apart, so I searched through local thrift stores and the flea market until I found a beat up soft-cover copy of the book.  I used Antique Mod Podge to make the the pages look older, but all of the other “ingredients” were the same.  They came out really nice, if I do say so myself.  A tip I learned from using the Antique Mod Podge was that the heavier you globbed it on, the yellower each page looked.  You can see the difference between the very first tile I did this way (in the picture below) compared to the smidge of the tile next to it that you can see in the picture.


I spent a decent amount of time searching for the perfect exerts to use.  I’ll list each one and make them thumbnails, so please feel free to enlarge.

  1. I wanted to include the first page of the first chapter of the book, with the opening sentence of the book: “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”
  2. I picked the final words of the first chapter for the next coaster because I wanted to make sure I had the famous quote: “The Harry Potter – the boy who lived!”
  3. The third coaster includes the Sorting Hat talking to Harry as well as the moment when Harry is sorted into Gryffindor: “Well if you’re sure – better be GRYFFINDOR!”
  4. I used one of the more popular Dumbledore quotes for the next coaster: “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”
  5. The fifth coaster is from one of my favorite scenes in the first book, when Dumbledore catches Harry staring into the Mirror or Erised and tells him, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
  6. The next selection is an exchange between Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid as they discuss Hagrid’s love of dragons.
  7. Coaster #7 is from the scene with Dumbledore and Harry after Harry faces off with Quirrell.  It’s when Dumbledore tells Harry to call Voldemort by his name: “Call him Voldemort, Harry.  Always use the proper name for things.  Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”
  8. The last coaster is also from that chapter, when Dumbledore sums up in the first book what essentially is the moral of the entire series: “Your mother died to save you.  If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love.”

I had a lot of fun making these coasters.  I hope Christie likes using them as much as I liked making them.  Click to enlarge any of the coasters below.

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  1. Vicki L. says:

    That’s incredibly cool. It never would have occurred to me to do that for a favorite book. If I ever feel brave enough to attempt something crafty, I would definitely like to do that for either The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings.

    • Colleen says:

      @Vicki, thanks! These were easy to do. In fact, the most difficult part was finding the books that I’d feel comfortable cutting up, haha. I wanna see pictures if you ever do it!

  2. Krystin Pipkin says:

    umm pretty sure i am obsessed now and i am GOING TO DO THIS

  3. sitakatherine says:

    These are amazing! I’ve been waiting for you to post this since you told me about them. I am definitely making these for Skylar. She’s a huge HP fan.

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks Des. I wanna see pics of yours when you’re done. How did your picture coasters go over? They looked really nice in the pictures on your blog!

      • sitakatherine says:

        I think my mom liked them. I will definitely post when I do the book ones. And I’m thinking about making some with comic book panels.

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