Some Handmade Gifts

April 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi there!  I wanted to do a quick post to show you what we made for our family members for Christmas (and an upcoming wedding!).  I started with a few simple stone tiles from Menard’s.  I used a flat round brush, a stencil, and some solid paint pots.  I dabbed the paint on over the stencil without wiping.  I then added some clear coat and some felt pads to the bottom corners.  Now…we have personalized coasters!  I know I have seen this done before, but I had to share because they turned out so sweet and simple.  And, they didn’t break the bank!

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What do you think?  I think they turned out great and it was a lot of fun making gifts this year instead of buying something no one needs! 🙂

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Little Coaster Project

January 23, 2009 at 10:18 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Tony has Dallas Cowboys coasters. I have Chicago Bears coasters. Neither were going to be displayed in our nice living room. I love football as much as anybody, but the football paraphernalia is reserved for the basement game room/bar. So, we needed some nice coasters to protect our living room tables. I change my mind frequently, so I wanted something inexpensive or changeable. That’s when I found these. The Dollar Store had a pack of four glass coaster for a couple bucks! Not only are they cheap, but they are changeable. They are the kind of coasters meant for inserting a picture under the glass. I decided to put a piece of black and silver damask wrapping paper in the picture slot. Here was my process:

My supplies.  All I used was a scissors and the material (wrapping paper).

My supplies. All I used was a scissors and the material (wrapping paper).

I used the blank piece of paper that came in the frame as a guide to cut a rectangle out of the wrapping paper.  It then slides into a clear picket in the coaster frame.  It was really THAT simple.

I used the blank piece of paper that came in the frame as a guide to cut a rectangle out of the wrapping paper. It then slides into a clear picket in the coaster frame. It was really THAT simple.

This is what it looked like slid into the coaster frame.

This is what it looked like slid into the coaster frame.

Here they all are with the wrapping paper inserted.

Here they all are with the wrapping paper inserted.

They even have their own little wooden holder.

They even have their own little wooden holder.

It was so simple and I can change what is in the frames any time I want to. The glass is also very easy to clean off. I wish they were all black, as I am not so fond of the different colors, but it does make it easier to keep track of your drink. And, for a few dollars, who can complain?

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