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Homemade Gift Ideas: Coasters

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 4:40 PM

OK, here’s part 2 of the Homemade Gift Series. Yesterday we talked about Etching glasses. Today I’m going to tell you about making you own coasters.

First decide what you would like to put on your coasters. You can use photographs, glitter, leaves, flowers, ribbons, paper cut outs, magazine clippings, stickers, or pretty much anything other 2 dimensional item.

Here are some ideas if you stumped:

Coasters for a dog lover: Print out pictures of dogs that look like the recipient’s, or if you have them, pictures of their actual dog(s). If you’re doing a set of 4 coasters, put photos on 2. Use stickers or cut out letters to put “Man’s Best Friend” or the dogs name on these coasters. Cut out paw prints for one coaster, and use stickers or cut out letters to make the other say “I love my (dog’s breed)”

Coasters for a poker lover: Make the coasters look like the Aces of each suit using actual playing cards or cut out shapes.

Coasters for Family members or Friends: Choose photos of you and the recipient and put quotes or saying on the coasters using stickers or cut out letters.

Holiday Coasters: Cover coaster with cute holiday pictures you find online. EX: santa, frosty, roudolph, and and elf, attach to coaster, add glitter

What you’ll need:

- 4 white 4x4 kitchen/bathroom tiles (can be purchased for about 50 cents a piece at home depot)

- Decorative items

- Mod Podge (can be purchased at any craft store)

What to do:

1. Start with clean dry tiles. (If you want, you can hot glue some felt to bottom to prevent the coasters from scratching the recipient’s furniture)

2. Use rubber cement or spray adhesive to attach your decorations to the tile.

3. Once your tiles are sufficiently decorated, cover with a layer of mod podge by following the instruction on the bottle. The idea is to encase your decorations in a thick layer or mod podge.

4. Allow to dry over night

5. Re-glaze with pod modge the next day.

• The key is to make sure your layers dry in between coats or you will end up with knicks and dents in your coasters (like when you think your nail polish is dry so you go to bed and you wake up with sheet prints in them because they were only dry on the surface)

That’s it, it’s that simple!

This same idea can be used on a larger item, such as a trivet (hotplate) or a plaque for decoration…

Thanks for reading and be sure to stop by tomorrow for more great gift ideas!



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