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With Christmas ending I thought a great recycled use for all that wrapping paper would be some festive coasters. Even if it means that I have to put them away until next year...but something as simple as this would be great for having around the house or giving as small gifts, perhaps a host gift for a holiday party you attend next year. Never hurts to make in advance and then store for the next year!
All the supplies you need are tile coasters (16 cents a pop at home depot, beat that!), mod podge, decorative paper (I chose to recycle wrapping paper left over from the holidays, but you can use anything such as paper napkins, fabric, stickers, scraps of paper, etc. Whatever you think looks visually appealing) a pencil, sponge brush, and some scissors. I also like to keep a handy dandy art roller close at hand, but that is completely optional.
|All the goods|
|My handy dandy art roller, I have found that it helps to remove wrinkles and bubbles|
Step 1: Decide what part of the paper looks most visually appealing, place the tile on top and trace around it with your pencil. If any pencil gets transferred to the side of your tile, fret not, it easily wipes off. The paper does not have to be the exact size of the tile, you can add small elements and have blank tile exposed, I chose to cover the whole surface.
|Trace around the tile with a pencil|
|Cut out squares of paper|
|Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile|
|Lay down the paper over the layer of Mod Podge|
|Cover in an even, but generous layer of Mod Podge|
|Wet glue waiting to dry|
|Waiting for the second layer to dry...|
Step 9: The final step is to add something to the bottom of the tile so that it doesn't scratch whatever surface you choose to put it on. I have used furniture pads, felt, and cork. You can come up with whatever method you like the best. I enjoy felt because it is the least expensive way to cover the entire bottom, but I also like individual felt circles, which can be placed on the four corners. Cork is a little more on the expensive side, but you can buy a roll of cork and cut it to individual sizes that will meet your needs.
Here is a peek at my finished products!
And here are a few other coasters I made last year, just to give you an idea of some other options:
Well I hope you liked my short trip down decoupage lane. I urge you all to try it...it really is that simple, and rewarding! Happy Thursday!
New Years Resolution: Less stress, less clutter, less complication. Today's progress: EEEK, gotta get going on the less clutter part, stat!