Photo Coasters DIY

Photo Coasters

So the holiday season is still a few months away, but this year, I have decided to try making most of our Christmas gifts.  Living on a budget makes Christmas an extra stressful time of year, so I thought I could cut some of that stress, and save some money by making my own gifts.  I started searching online for ideas, trying to avoid the standard embroidered pillow case or basket of homemade quick breads, and I found some very unique and creative projects that are simple enough anyone can do them.  This is the first one I have attempted and I am happy to say they look fabulous!!  Before we get to the instructions, let me just say that I consider my skills in crafting to be beginner at best…so if I can make these, I know you can too.  Oh, I almost forgot the best part…I made three sets of these for less than $8 total!!

What you’ll need:

4×4 tiles (we used ceramic but tumbled stone would work also)
Mod Podge
Printer paper (not photo paper, just plain white paper)
Foam Brush
Water Based Polycrylic (we used clear satin)
Felt bumpers (3/8 inch)

Step 1:  Choose the photos you would like to use and print them off.  There are 2 different ways to make your photos fit the tile.  If you have photo editing software, you can scale the pictures to fit the tile.  We just printed the photos in 4×6, measured, then cut out the part we wanted.  You can size your photos to 4×4 and they will cover the entire front of your tile or you can leave a border like we did.  Our pictures are 1/4 inch smaller all the way around.

Step 2:  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tile with the foam brush.

Step 3:  Center the photo over the tile (this is especially important if you are using photos the exact same size as the tile).  Press the photo onto the tile.  While the Mod Podge is still wet, you will be able to move the photo a little bit to get it centered.  Using your fingers, work any air bubbles out of the photo (if you have Mod Podge on your fingers, it might smear the ink on the photo so use a cloth instead).  Let them dry for 5 or 10 minutes.

Step 4:  Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the tile.  Allow to dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Then apply a coat of Polycrylic and let dry overnight.

Step 5:  Apply felt bumpers to the bottom of the tile.

And Voila!!  You have a set of coasters that no one else in the world will have!  We are also going to be making a rack to store and display the coasters.  I will post a tutorial for that as soon as it is finished.  Happy Crafting!!

Adapted from Crunchy Betty, who is awesome and has some really neat stuff…go check her out!


Vintage Picture frame

So the other day I found myself browsing around in this totally swanky department store…you know where their price tags make you sure all the sales people are looking at you thinking “Really?….” as they choke back a giggle. I couldn’t even buy a sock in there that’s CENTSIBLE let alone a pair of them!! Nevertheless, there I am browsing all casual, head high, shoulders back…sticker shock hidden carefully behind my poker face! (Don’t worry girls I’d never embarass you). Then it happened…I fell in love!! I found the most fabulous picture frame I had ever seen…at that moment I knew we were destined to be together. The hundreds of dollars listed on that tag could not keep us apart. I left the store in flurry to find the CENTSIBLE solution.

1. Find a frame you like ( I used a basic old wooden frame I found in a thrift store)

2. Paint your frame ( I only dry brushed mine with bronze because I like the vintage look, but you can use any color you like)

3. Find old costume jewelery ( I used pieces from both of my grandmothers, my mom and even some of mine from when I was younger)

4. Use industrial strength adhesive to adhere the bling to the frame! (I used E-6000) put a dab of glue on the back of jewlery and on the spot on the frame where you want it to stick. Wait two minutes to allow adhesive to get tacky, then place jewelery on the frame exactly where you dabbed glue. Hold pressure for two more minutes. Do one piece at a time. Once you are all finished allow it to cure for 72 hours, to be sure its on there nice and tight!

Creative Hints: Overlap pieces slightly, use chains to hang down, don’t be afraid of color or sparkle, let your personality shine through! I also cut up a strand a pearls and glued single pearls throughout each collage to help tie everything together!

If you theme this properly it could be a great gift for bridal shower, baby shower, graduation etc..

Well girls, as it turns out that day in the store what I experienced was just a crush .  My search left me with a frame that I truly love, a frame that’s covered with little pieces of the most important women in my life. A frame thats more beautiful and valuable than anything money can buy!