When furnishing a grown-up girl apartment, it is necessary to acquire things that grown-ups have, like potholders, salt and pepper shakers and furniture that does not come from Ikea. Once you have accumulated furniture that you are rather fond of, you will discover that you feel strangely protective of this furniture. Unlike at your parents house, where a ring of water on a solid wood end table is perfectly acceptable, you will not stand for your brand new furniture that you paid for with your own money to be marred by careless water stains. This is where the coaster comes in.
As I mentioned last week, I’m currently spending about 75% of my time pining over cottage chic apartment décor. This is especially frustrating considering that I do not have a space of my own. This craft, however, doesn’t require walls of my own or even a space of my own. This craft I can toss onto end tables all over my parents’ house and they’ll look just as cute as in my (imaginary) apartment.
In addition to being ridiculously cute and versatile, this craft is ridiculously easy. And cheap. All it requires are some 4×4 ceramic tiles (which you can purchase for $0.16 each at Home Depot), scrapbook paper, adhesive felt pads, Mod Podge (or Elmer’s glue mixed with water), and clear spray paint. Easy peasy.
Assuming that you already have scrapbook paper and Elmer’s glue, the rest of these supplies cost less than $10. Did I mention that this craft is cheap? And cute?
Whatever you do, don’t skip the spray paint or the felt pads. The spray paint protects your coasters from getting all wrinkled and damaged by your sweating glass of iced tea, and the felt pads protect your newly acquired grown-up furniture!
Easy Peasy Cottage Coasters\
- Cut out 4 inch by 4 inch squares of scrapbook paper.
- Apply Mod Podge to the top of the tiles, then carefully place the pre-cut scrapbook paper on the tiles. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbook paper to seal it.
- Protect your workspace with some newspaper, then apply several coats of water-resistant clear spray paint to the tiles, allowing several minutes for the paint to dry before each successive coat.
- After the tiles are fully dried, affix the adhesive felt pads to the underside of the tiles
- VIOLA! You have some super cute, personalized coasters!