How to Make a Photograph Coaster

It’s a new year and that means more craft projects!  Yippee!  I am one who is never at a loss for craft projects, and I have lots of ideas floating around my head to create this year.

PHOTOGRAPH COASTERS

I have made numerous cork coasters before, but I painted them. I was trying to think of a unique idea to make my Sweetie for Valentine’s Day, and I thought that making some photograph coasters of our dogs would be the cutest gift ever.  I was right, it was the cutest idea because he came home from work the other day and noticed them drying on the bookshelf and ruined his surprise!  (Happy Valentine’s Day Sweetie!) Oh well, he loved them, so I can now do a post on how you can make some too!

I was at the Dollar Store the other day and purchased a few tile coasters for $1 each, and they had a nice cork bottom which I liked.  Making these was really easy, but the hardest part was trying to figure out what photographs to use!  Oooh, I can see some great Christmas gifts in the future now!

Anyhow, all I did was measure the tile coaster.  It measured 3 5/8″ x 3 5/8″.  I opened up one of my photo editors, chose my photograph and resized it to the measurements of the coaster. Print out the photo, let it dry, then I used Mod Podge to adhere the photo to the coaster.  Once it was nice and dry, I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the top of the photo.  Let it dry.  I was not sure if the photo was good and sealed enough, so I did a nice layer of varnish on top of each coaster. Let it dry.

I think these turned out beautiful and I will definitely be making more of these in the future!  We always use coasters and what better way to show off the gorgeous photos of Nikita and Bella in a fashionable way!

What do you think?  This is an easy project that I am sure you would love to try making yourself!

Also, I created a new page on my blog where I will save all of the craft projects for 2014 that I personally make, so check back often to this page to gather some inspiration for yourself! 

Repurposing Garbage Into Magnets

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Repurposing everyday items is a hoot, and even neater when you pull it out of the garbage and make something adorable.  Orange juice is a standard household item around our house, and I will never again throw out the top of an OJ container every again, rather I will repurpose it into a magnet!

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The nice lip around the OJ lid gives your magnet a wonderful finished look, and the lid itself is light which is a perfect fit for a fridge magnet.  Obviously, you need to clean the lid first with soap and water, but you can lick the frozen OJ off the lid before you do so if you wish.  LOL 

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Next, take out your Mod Podge and apply a nice layer to the lid and spread it around with your foam brush.  By now, I hope you have found a nice piece of artwork or a photo that you want to use for your magnet and have cut it out into a 2 1/2″ circle on card stock paper.  Place your artwork  on top of the Mod Podged OJ lid, and press down to remove any air bubbles.  Let it dry.

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Next, apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of your artwork with your foam brush and let that dry.  (as you can see from the above photo, you can see the foam brush strokes)  To make your new magnet get that completed look, apply a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to the top and do not shake the bottle either as that will produce air bubbles.  If you see any air bubbles on top of your magnet, pop them quickly before the Dimensional Magic dries.  (after your Dimensional Magic dries, you won’t see any brush strokes)

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Now, turn your OJ lid over and use your hot glue gun to attach a magnet to the back of the lid.  Let it dry.   

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There you have it!  A lightweight repurposed household item that would have normally been thrown away, has now been transformed into an adorable fridge magnet.  You might want to re-examine what you throw out because you might find some other uses for it!   (IE:  Side note – For example, you can use a tuna can as the bottom of a $1 glass hurricane vase, add candle!)

Piece of trash.  Repurposed.  Cool magnet.

Mod Podge Coasters

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MODGE PODGE COASTERS

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Mod Podge projects are all over the internet, but I finally decided to give it a try.  I am in love with the results!  When I was at the Dollar Store the other day, I noticed that they had individual coasters with a nice cork bottom, so I picked up two of them to try out my Mod Podge.  I had a pack of 20 holiday folksy Santa napkins sitting around and decided to cut up one of the napkins for this project.

I opened up the napkin and placed my coaster on top, then drew with a pen an outline on the napkin, then cut out the Santa.  I took my Mod Podge Gloss Lustre and squeezed a few drops all over the top of the coaster and spread the glue around with a small sponge.  (you have to work quick as the Mod Podge dries fast)  I then placed the cutout Santa napkin on top of the glue and rubbed my fingers gently over the top to remove any bubbles.  (since you are working with a napkin as your design, you need to be careful as to not rip it when removing any air bubbles)  Let it dry for at least 15-20 minutes.  After it was dried, I squeezed a few drops of Mod Podge on top of the napkin and spread the glue around and also spread the glue around the edges of the coaster as well.  Let this step dry, then apply a second top coat of Mod Podge.

There you have it, a nice holiday Santa Coaster!  I am hooked on Mod Podge and will definitely have to pick up more coasters!  Don’t forget that you can use cute scrapbook paper, photographs, and any other design for your Mod Podge projects as these would make some great gifts!  I can already see some adorable Valentine’s Day coasters in my future!