As I mentioned, lately I've been purging and decluttering like I've never done before. I'm not finished yet but already our house is staying fairly clean and it's an even more enjoyable place to be. (Check out this post to see what I'm doing.)
Along the way I've found a few forgotten projects -- that's where I get into trouble with decrapifying. I'll find little ten minute projects and get sidetracked. I'm doing my best to keep that under control this time, so I came back to this one later.
I found these extra tiles in my craft stash:
I used some of these years ago to make this craft/gift and had some leftover to do more. I never did it. Now is the time!
This is a SUPER easy and inexpensive craft that has probably been on Pinterest about 1.5 million times now, but I've never shared it so I am now. ;)
When I've made these before it's been with pictures of the Bub for gifts -- this time I was going for a fall theme and used some pumpkin napkins I picked up at HomeGoods.
You just cut the napkin into fours and then center the image on your tile:
You can just cut them out, but I prefer to give them a fun edge with some craft scissors:
Then take a brush (any brush will do as long as it's small enough) and brush Mod Podge liberally all over the tile:
Then while it's wet, lay your cut out on the tile:
When you're working with photo paper it's a bit easier to make things smooth. It's nearly impossible with something as thin as napkins. The color of the tile and the napkins really lender themselves to a more rustic look anyway, so it actually worked out perfectly! The little bumps aren't nearly as pronounced when it's dry.
Make sure to pay extra attention to the edges -- use your finger to press the paper down along the sides:
Let them dry and for even more protection add another coat or two (I don't usually do more than three). They dry pretty quick and the application takes no time at all. When dry you can sand down the edges a bit if your paper is sticking out at all.
Hot glue some felt to the bottom for protection:
Those are about six years old and still going strong!
Or use the little felt jobbies on the corners:
Both work fine -- the bigger piece gives you a little more protection.
When they are dry you'll have the cutest little DIY coasters you ever did see!:
This is a super inexpensive project -- if I remember right the tiles are about a buck each. The napkins were $3 and the image was on each napkin four times -- so you can do a TON with one package. I just did a few and will use the rest of the napkins in the kitchen. :)
They are a perfect little seasonal gift. And of course coasters with pictures of the kids are a huge hit with the grandparents. ;)
When you're looking for tile make sure to get something that has a nice finished edge like these -- some tiles (like subway tile) don't have a pretty edge like these:
All of these took me about 30 minutes to do, plus a few more minutes for extra coats later. They hold up incredible well -- if you seal it well enough you can wash them easily. I've scrubbed mine and they hold up fine.
Have you done this little craft? It would be a great one to do with kids -- make them do the messy parts. ;)
Have a great weekend!!