Christmas Presents!

In a shocking twist that surprises no one, it turns out the beginning of December is a terrible time to add responsibilities to my life. The day after I swore I would post on here once a week, I realized I was incredibly behind on Christmas planning. So I did what any normal, healthy person would do: calmly assessed what I needed to finish and paced myself panicked, stressed the heck out, worked obsessively on presents every spare minute and late into the night until I made myself sick. Whelp.

My New Years’ Resolution is to not do that to myself again. But I probably will because stressing way too much over small things is kinda how I roll. 😉

On the bright side, the presents turned out AWESOME!!! And now that Christmas is over and everyone has their gifts, I can share some pictures with you fine people. ^_^

coasters - buddha

DIY Coasters

So as you can see, this year I made coasters for family and friends using these excellent instructions from Cardstore. Tile coasters are my new favorite craft–easy, cheap, and so much fun! Each set took a few hours to make, but, Christmas stress aside, I seriously had a blast making them. Anyone in the market for coasters? Because I might just start making more for the fun of it.

The coasters above were for one of my besties and are probably my favorite set. All of these pictures come from the fantastic site and are available for use for free (even for commercial use, which is pretty cool!).

For the most part, I followed the instructions linked above, but I switched up a few things for myself. (If you didn’t feel like reading the linked instructions, I’ll summarize: basically you print out a picture, put it on a 4-inch ceramic tile, and slap a lot of Mod Podge on it.) Before I printed out the pictures I measured them out to 3.5 x 3.5 inches, so they would have that nice white frame when attached to 4-inch tiles. I also bought glossy Mod Podge from Michael’s to give my coasters an extra shine.

On the bottom of the coasters, rather than putting 3 coats of Mod Podge and little felt squares, I glued a big sheet of felt to the bottom. Then I trimmed around the edges using fabric scissors so that the felt square perfectly covered the bottom of the tile. The felt bottoms on these coasters are red, which you can see along some sides if you look closely.

The instructions warned that tiles are prone to sticking together when stacked, but I had no trouble with the Mod Podge tops sticking to the felt bottoms, so I’m patting myself on the back for that innovation.

And there you have it–December’s project! My favorite set of home-made coasters! These coasters and two more sets will go into my DIY page (which still exists!) along with pictures of last year’s Christmas presents and another colorful hanging plastic thingie.

But I’ve been typing for a long time, so I’ll save those things for next week’s entry.

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