Handmade Coasters

Happy New Year!!

I hope everyone had a great time last night counting down to 2013!

I am so excited for this year because I have many things to look forward too!  I am graduating college, getting married, going on my honeymoon, finding a place to live, starting a new job, and lastly beginning my masters program.  So many exciting things that I can’t wait.

Have you made any New Year resolutions?  I normally don’t make any but I hope you are all able to accomplish your own!

Even though it is the New Year, I still have more Christmas presents to show you!

Today, I want to share how to make coasters.  They are probably my favorite gift that I made this season!  They are extremely cute, customizable, inexpensive, and easy.

Last night my mother actually hinted that she needs new coasters because hers are old so I will definitely be doing this again.

I got the idea from Pinterest of course!  The actual tutorial is at Blueprint Crafts.  It is a great tutorial but I show you how to make them as well.
I want to point out that I made 8 coasters for less than $20.  Besides the actual tiles which were 16 cents each, I have supplies to make 28 more tiles!!  In total, I could have made 36 coasters for less than $20…amazing!

Items you need to make a set of 4 coasters:

  • 4 – 4″ x 4″ pictures, pieces of paper, and/or fabric
  • 4 – 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles
  • Modge Podge Gloss
  • Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel
  • Foam Brush
  • Felt pads / felt sticker sheet

I also suggest:

  • White paint pen
When I bought the tiles, I noticed that some of the edges were not painted white or at least completely white which was really upsetting for me (yes I am a little anal about stuff like that).  I took my white paint pen and painted all of the edges so that the entire tile was white.
After letting the paint dry, spread a moderate amount of Modge Podge onto the tile and press the paper onto the tile being sure to get all of the corners and edges.  Be sure to get out all of the air bubbles.  You may not see them all but pretend like they are everywhere just to make sure you got them all.  They won’t show up until the next layer.

I did find that with the solid color sheets, the bubbles were noticeable.  Also, the music notes sheet was thicker and it actually worked better because it is harder to get bubbles.  Therefore for paper with less going on, do your best to not have bubbles.

Wait 15 mins to let it dry.

Next put three layers of Modge Podge over the entire tile and paper waiting 15 mins between each layer.  Make sure you get the corners and edges very well.  After a few minutes, you will notice if there are bubbles.  They are difficult to eliminate buy you can try your best to press them out and recovering your finger marks.

Finally, take the tiles outside and spray them twice with the Rustoleum but only wait a minute or two between each layer.

Make sure you let them dry, I suggest at least overnight.  I got to excited so I brought them in after 2 hours and I sort of ruined the spray so I had to respray them.

Lastly, cut up your felt sticker sheet and put four corners on the tiles.  If you really want to do them well, you can layer the entire bottom with felt.

When I do this again, I will cover the entire bottom with felt.

You are done, and that is it!

If you are giving them as a gift like I did, wrap ribbon around it and it is ready!

Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions!  Have a great start of the year!

Happy Crafting,

Invitation Ornament

Happy Day After Christmas!  I hope everything went well and you enjoyed time with your family and friends!

Now that I have given out all of my Christmas presents, I can finally share what crafts I have done this season!

My fiance’s sister got married in June so I found a pin on Pinterest from Christy Robbins for an adorable ornament from the wedding invitation!  I highly suggest checking out her blog post because it is wonderful.

Here is what my ornament ended up looking like and I love it!  This is actually the first time I have seen someone opent the ornament too and the two of them absolutely loved it which made it even more special!

I want to share some tips as well that I learned from actually making the ornament.

Before I begin I need to mention that I do not suggest doing this project until after the wedding or make a copy of the invitation so you can look back at it if you wanted to make it as gift for the wedding.  I cut up the invitation before the wedding and I felt so stupid asking my Future Mother In-Law the details over and over again.

When you cut the invitation, I suggest cutting it so that it is with the lines of the text.  you may have different size pieces but it will give the ornament character.  This particular invitation was a cream colored sheet of paper with the text on top of blue paper and they separated easily so I cut both sheets.

The next thing I suggest doing is splitting up the strips into what text is important and what is not.  You won’t be able to fit every strip in the ornament so it can help you prioritize.  In addition to the text, I also included two of the blue strips of paper to give the ornament color.
Next, we want the strips to be in curls.  This was my favorite part of making the ornament because it was so easy!  All you need is a pen or pencil.  Wrap the strip around the pencil tight and take it off, simple as that!
Once you are finished, stuff the curls inside the ornament and you are all done!  This is one of my favorite ornaments and it is so sentimental and attractive.  I can’t wait to make one for myself!
It is also a great idea for any other kind of invitations especially baby announcements!
Happy Crafting,

Popcorn Ornament

Three more days until Christmas!!

I can’t believe Christmas is coming so soon!  I have some great posts for you to look forward to after Christmas.  I can’t revile the crafts now but as soon as gifts are open, I will post my holiday gifts!

My mother is a middle school science teacher so last night, she decided she wanted to do a science experiment.  So she pulled out a clear glass bulb and some popcorn kernels!  Here is what our final product looks like:

As a good scientist, we had several attempts.  I thought I would share our fun before releasing the proper way!
Attempt 1:   Put exactly 16 kernels in the ornament and put it in the microwave until they all popped.
This does not work because some of the kernels fall out since it is on its side and there isn’t enough in there and the popcorn was burning
Attempt 2:  Put more kernels and use paper towel to hold the ornament up.  Do not try this because the paper towel catches on fire.
Now, the attempt that actually works!  
Put a handful of kernels in the ornament.  Don’t worry about putting too many in there because we will get rid of them later.  
Add more kernels than shown
Place the ornament in a glass custard container in the microwave.
Microwave until either the ornament is full with popcorn or right before the popcorn is about to burn.  
Let the popcorn cool off before taking it out of the microwave.
Shake the ornament to get the remaining kernels out and put the top back on the ornament.
Enjoy your ornament and Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a great holiday with your family and/or friends!
Happy Crafting,