Last year at Thanksgiving I discovered the blog world and it put me in a craft sort of mood. Last Christmas I attempted to paint ornaments, and they turned out OK, but it's so obvious I'm a novice. Not like so many other ladies whose blogs I look at each week. So here it is again, the holidays are upon us and I'm really loving all the great holiday craft blog posts. I took on one that Traci assured her readers was easy. Hers are adorable and I couldn't wait to try them out.
Wrapping paper coasters. I'm happy with the way mine turned out!
I first tried out the monogram coasters, but David wasn't that excited. He got the tiles and cork and was interested in this project. But my monograms weren't all that cute. I think a large monogram stamp might work out better. Although I might have done something wrong because Traci's were cute. Our paper was too white and the contrast with the white tile just didn't work for David.
So, after church I went in search of Christmas napkins like those coasters I've seen online, when David came up with an ingenious thought - why not use wrapping paper instead of napkins? Wow - I have (tons of) wrapping paper. It's worth a shot. What a GREAT idea - it worked very, very well.
I first used my scrapbooking cutter to cut images that would fit on the 4x4 tiles. This cutter has come in handy over the years. I find so many uses for it.
Once I assembled my tools, the tiles were very easy to assemble.
I put a layer of Mod Podge on the tiles and then placed a wrapping paper image in the center. Another coat of Mod Podge and 30 minutes or so to dry.
It's amazing when they dry. I then take the time to try to flatten any wrinkles. I think some wrinkles give them character though. Mod Podge is pretty cool.
Final steps: hot glue cork to the bottom of the tiles and spray well with adhesive. David found these cork cut-outs at Hobby Lobby and they worked really well. Much easier than having to cut cork the right size. I made the mistake of spraying the first set of coasters with the adhesive spray IN THE KITCHEN. An hour and a headache later, the smell finally cleared. I'll be doing the others outside.
Tie them up with cute ribbon and they are ready for a great hostess gift. I'm just so pleased with the fact that I could do these!