Thursday, September 27, 2012

DIY Coasters

I've somehow found the time to do some crafting since I've been inspired by so much on pinterest.  Last Saturday I was out picking up a couple things, so I decided to get what I needed to make some coasters.  I went to Lowe's and bought 12 4x4 tiles (16 cents each!), and I already had some really cute scrapbook paper as well as Mod Podge and spray sealer.  As I was making them, I got the idea to put a monogram letter on them, so I just found a nice font and printed out an "H" several times and then cut them in circles.  I wasn't sure if I would like the monogram long-term, but after posting the pictures on facebook to get input, everyone was in agreement that the monogram looked best.  So, if you would like to try your hand at making your own, here are some instructions on how to do it.

Here's what you need:
4x4 tiles
scrapbook paper
scissors or paper cutter
Mod Podge
sponge brush
monogram circles (if desired)
clear spray sealer
felt pads

1.  Cut the scrapbook paper into 4x4 squares.  Try to find several colors or patterns that go together well to make sets.
2.  Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tiles.  Carefully line up the paper and press down to smooth.
3.  If desired, add monograms with more Mod Podge.  Let dry for about 15 minutes
4.  Spray with sealer in a well-ventilated area, following directions on the can.  Tip:  I did hold the can closer than the instructions said, and got better results.  Also, you will have to do at least three coats of the sealer, until you get the desired effect.  Let it dry for 30 minutes in between each coat.
5.  When the coasters are dry, apply the felt pads.

Enjoy or give away a set as a gift or both!


Carol said...

So this could work for hot plates/trivets too, don't you think? Very cute idea!!

Olivia said...

Definitely, Carol! Good idea! Thanks for the comment!