Cool Coaster Craft

May 23, 2010 at 2:47 am Leave a comment

At our last official meeting for this year we made coasters.  I don’t know if you’ve priced those things recently, but they can be ex-pen-sive.  Well, here’s an affordable and completely customize-able coaster craft.

The original idea came from Kate author of The Gaines Gang.  She made some adorable Valentine’s Day coasters.

We followed her instructions with just a minor tweak or two (like small self-adhesive felt pads instead of cork backing) and voila, cute coaster sets made to order.

Here are Kate’s materials and instructions for the coasters (I have paraphrased some).:

Materials

Modge Podge

tumbled tiles

napkins with a lovely printed design

small self-adhesive felt pads (or cork backing)

sand paper

clear spray sealer

Instructions

1. Peel apart the napkins, just using the top printed layer.

2.  Trace the tile onto the napkin and cut it out.

3.  Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge to each tile and lay the cutout napkin on top.

4.  Take a small piece of sandpaper and “rough” up the edges to blend the paper into the tile.

5.  Apply two layers of Modge Podge to the top of the napkin and allow them to dry.

6.  Spray a light layer of clear sealer to the top.

7.  Add four small felt pads to the corners of the underside of the tiles (This is where Kate uses the cork backing).

Kate dolled her finished product up with red ribbon to coordinate with the Valentine design.  Aren’t they cute?!

I wish I had pictures of the finished coasters our ladies made, but the meeting concluded before they were dry.  Nonetheless, here is some of what we accomplished:

Thanks Kate for sharing this great idea.  We all left the meeting that day with a set of coasters ready to use (well, almost—they needed to dry first 😉 ) and inspired to make more.

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