Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Coasters, coasters, everywhere coasters!

I wanted to give some homemade presents along with the store bought gifts this year.  Last year I made aprons and gave them to a few girls.  This year I am giving coasters. They are so easy, and I think they turned out great!

To do this project you need:

  • tiles from a hardware store (These cost 16¢ at Home Depot.)
  • scrapbook paper (I love the black and white toile from Hobby Lobby)
  • a printer
  • Mod Podge (I used glossy)
  • Acrylic spray sealer 
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors or a paper cutter

Follow these easy steps:
  1. Print initials on the scrapbook paper.  I was only able to get two per piece of paper.  I printed one initial in the top left corner and one in the bottom right corner. Do a test page first.
  2. Make a pattern from the tile.  You want the pattern to be slightly smaller than the tile.
  3. Cut out the scrapbook paper.
  4. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the tile.
  5. Lay the paper on top of the wet Mode Podge.
  6. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the paper.
  7. Let that dry 15-20 minutes.
  8. Repeat with another layer of Mod Podge.
  9. Wait 15-20 minutes.
  10. Take the tiles outside and spray with the sealer.
  11. Let dry 5 minutes.
  12. Spray another coat of sealer.
  13. The can says to wait 24 hours before handling.  The smell will be strong at first.  Give it some time to air out.
  14. Add sticky felt dots to the back.
  15. VOILA!

I did a simple packaging job.  I used clear cellophane and red shredded paper from the Dollar Tree, white toole tied it all together, and I added a handmade gift tag. I created it in Word. (The tag instructions came from Life in Grace.

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Bethany @ Our 4 Sons Plus 1...Super Cute Girly Girl said...

I think they turned out great! I may just have to try- thanks for sharing!

Micah said...

I think these may just be my favorite coasters I have seen! I have some in the garage just waiting for me...so thanks for the inspiration:)
BTW Love the blog!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They did turn out great! I love the monograms! I like the idea of printing right onto the scrapbook paper. I'll have to try that myself ~ it probably makes a lot of projects go faster.

Leanne Helums said...

Those are super cute. I think I may have to give it a try.

Unknown said...

I am going to make these. Hopefully, my attempt will yield something as nice as yours.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Those are great! And "presentation" is everything!

Charity said...

These are the chicest version of coasters I have seen. You did a great job. THANKS FOR SHARING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

welcometomyfrontporch said...

I'm going to make some of these for myself! I love your blog by the way.

Ashleigh said...

Those are awesome! I am def going to make some! Thanks for the great idea!

Dawn said...

So cute! You really did a great job on these! I see we share the same love for the black and white toile from Hobby Lobby!!!

Happy New Year!

Cazra said...

Thanks, everyone! I am glad you like them. If you have any questions about how I did them, send me an email...I will be happy to help!

Heather Henderson said...

those are so pretty, they would make a wonderful hostess gift any time of year.

Gay Vaughan said...

These are beautiful! Great housewarming or hostess gifts. Good job!

Home of a Magnolia said...

Love this idea. Maybe I'll try it for next Christmas. I have plenty of time to get this together. Thanks for the idea.

Striker said...

Love the coasters! I have already made two sets. Experimented with old Christmas cards, then got crazy and printed Beatle pictures (John, Paul, George, and Ringo) and made some funky ones. I did learn that inkjet ink runs, so I need to use the laser printer at work!

I would love to know if you have ever tried to make home-made Modge Podge? It would be cheaper, but I can't find anyone whose has used it. Only recipes.

Cazra said...

I have never made the home-made Mod Podge, but I have read about it. I was too chicken to try it out. So, I just bought the real stuff. :)

cookies and cups said...

I love this idea!! SO great, thanks for the step by step too!

Penny Hatcher said...

OK, stumbled across your blog while searching for a JLM logo... crazy I know, but so glad I did!! I am "borrowing" your coaster and letter crafts!!! :-) Hope you are doing well! Love, Penny

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