Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY Gift Week Kick-off and Homemade Map Coasters

DIY Tile Map Coasters

So, i would like to officially kick off DIY gift week. These are all things you can make with minimal amounts of time easily, so get out your mod podge, your glue gun and your sewing machine and get ready!

First i suppose we will start with these simple coasters. I have seen people that these out of old 4x4 tile and thought, what a great Christmas gift. So I got to work.

I went to the local habitat for humanity store (here its called the Restore) and picked up about 16 plain white 4x4 tile.

Then I got a Montana map (cuz' that's where I live) and mod podged the map to the tops of the tiles.

When it was dry I cut the map so it fit just to the edge of all the tiles and mod podged again.

I wasn't happy with the results, some of the paper wrinkled (to do it again I would have used the spray mod Podge)

Then, since I wasn't happy with how the tops looked, I put an epoxy based resin on top of the tiles. This also gave them a nice glossy, store bought finish.

And I LOVE them! I am so excited to give these as gifts to the family! I really think they are going to love them! They are too got be a great, thoughtful, useful gift!

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