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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gift Idea: Inexpensive coasters Tutorial

Everyone can use an extra set of coasters. White shiny tiles can be transformed into beautiful and personalized coasters.  This is an incredibly easy project and requires very few tools to complete.

Supplies needed:
Inexpensive tiles ( I got the white shiny ones from Lowe's for 10 cents each.  I bought 100 at that price!)
Scrapbook papers of various colors and designs OR decorative napkins OR pictures
Gloss or Matte Mod Podge (I used Gloss)
Foam brush
Glue Gun and Glue sticks
Scraper for pushing down scrapbook paper
Felt of chosen color
Clear Acrylic Spray Paint or Sealer

Tutorial:
1.  Start by cutting a piece of felt slightly smaller than the size of your tile.
2.  Using your glue gun, glue the felt to the bottom of your tile (non-shiny side).  I made a square of glue with an 'x' in the middle to properly adhere.  Allow to dry.
3.  Cut a piece of scrapbook paper slightly smaller than the tile. Mine were 4.25" by 4.25".
4.  Using your foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod podge to the tile.  Place your scrapbook paper on top (design facing up).  Use a scraper to get rid of any bubbles or creases.
5.  Apply another thin layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to fully dry.
6.  To seal in the paper and protect from water stains, spray clear acrylic sealer or spray paint over tiles.  Allow to dry.

Here are my finished tiles:
You can make tiles in different papers of all of the same.  If you want to further personalize these tiles, you could cut out the letter of their name or monogram and add that prior to Mod podge and sealer.  The letters could be printed on computer paper or cut in vinyl.  Either would work great!

After my tiles were dry, I wrapped them with ribbon for an added touch.

You can also use decorative napkins instead of scrapbook paper.  Here are the ones Shannon made for our giveaway:

You can also use a picture.  Just cut it like you would the scrapbook paper and follow the same directions.  I will be making some with pictures soon and will post a picture later.

Since I made multiple sets of these, I figure I spent about $2 a set.  Not bad for a nice personalized present!

Happy Crafting!

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