Thursday, September 27, 2012

DiY: Coasters!

Recently I've been trying to think of some different & unique gifts to give.  Of course I went to the 'ol trusty Pinterest for some pinspiration.  We have some friends that are getting married soon & they have opted out of doing the wedding registries.  When thinking about what to get them, NOTHING was coming to mind.  Finally, I found the perfect gift idea!

Monogrammed Coasters!!!

Ok, so I found the tutorial online but, now I can't find it... & I can't find the pin I used... Grr.

However, this was a SUPER easy  project & I know you'll love it!

Supplies needed:

4 4.25" X 4.25" tiles - $.16 each at Lowe's
Modge Podge - make sure you have the oragne label, it dries clear
4 pieces of scrap book paper cut into 4" X 4" squares
1 sponge brush
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray
Small felt pads or rubber stickies (for the bottom of the coasters)
4 Monogram stickers for personalization - I used the stickers that you put on the pre-made pumpkins.  I chose "R" for their last name.

1. Clean your coasters for a smooth surface.

2. Modge Podge one layer on each tile & then place the paper on.  You will probably want to do one at a time as the modge podge will start to dry pretty quick.  Once you have placed the paper down, apply the sticker.  I didn't put Modge Podge between the letter & paper but, if I use these stickers again I will.  The "sticky" on them wasn't very "sticky".  & don't worry, the Modge Podge dries clear!  :)

*The first sticker I cut to the size of the paper & the other 3 I cut down just around the letter & that seemed to work better.

3.  Once all of the stickers are in place, Modge Podge over the stickers & paper 3 times letting them dry for 15 minutes in between each layer.

*Be sure to press out all air bubbles from the paper & the stickers as best you can before applying the top layers of Modge Podge.

4. Once the Modge Podge has dried, spray the Crystal Clear Enamel & let it dry for a good 30 minutes to an hour.  After everything is dried, place 4 of the rubber or felt pads on the bottom of the coasters in each of the four corners.  & You're done!

Please excuse the terrible picture quality & my dirty crafting towels.  :)

Y'all this was seriously one of the easiest projects (& inexpensive!) & I'm so proud of the way they turned out!  A little annoying waiting for the stuff to dry but, if you're impatient like I am, put a fan on it & it will all dry faster!  I will definitely be making these again!

These coasters could be used for multiple gift purposes - house warming, wedding, birthday's, anniversaries, college dorm rooms or houses... Your options are endless when you are wanting to personalize these!

The couple that I was gifting these to loves to try out different types of beer so I ran by Central Market & put together a 6 pack for them.  If you didn't know you can pick individual beers from any case & make your own 6 pack of any beers you want.

So, I paired the coasters with a mixed 6 pack of beer...
& they loved it!  (Tooting my own horn...) I got several compliments on them & the groom-to-be especially loved the mixed 6 pack!

Have you ever made coasters before?

Did you do anything different that did or did not work out?


Saw it. Pinned it. Did it.
Linked-up with Stephanie & Katie!

XOXO,
      Shayna

12 comments:

  1. What a cute idea!!! However the thought of buying modge podge makes me nervous haha! I lack the craft gene!

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  2. Girl... you are GENIUS! So wait, where did you get the R stickers?? I wanna copy yours exactly {especially since my last name initial is R}!

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  3. love this idea and i'm totes doing it for a birthday gift.

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  4. You are a GENIUS!! Must try this.

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  5. These are so great! I may have to try it!

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  6. I am really loving all of these simple crafts you're doing-it makes it seem like a lot easier, and makes me want to do them!

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  7. Thank you for linking up with us girl! LOVING that both you and Steph did coasters and on the cheap!! :) so so cute!

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  8. These are SO cute!! I'm loving the fact that these are tiles! (So much more sturdy!!) And the monogram...who doesn't love a good monogram?! ;)

    THanks for linking up with us sweet girl! xoxo

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  9. Where did you order the stickers from?

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    1. Hi! I bought the stickers from Hobby Lobby! This was around Fall time & they had them with the pumpkins. I'm sure you could find something similar now though.

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