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DIY Photo Coasters

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Another year, another new apartment. On the bright side, whenever we move I get inspired to decorate and make stuff. I finally have a quasi-office again, which means space for crafting!

I made these coasters to go in a birthday/post-vacation blues care package for my BFF. We went on an awesome cruise at the beginning of March and I thought this would be a fun way to have some of the cool stuff we saw on display.

Things you will need:

  • tile from the hardware store
  • mod podge
  • scissors
  • foam or soft bristle paint brush
  • rubber or cork “bumpers” (tiny discs with adhesive backing) for your coaster feet
  • prints of the photos you want to use (or cut outs, favorite quotes, etc)

IMG_5892Make sure your tile is clean. Paint a thin layer of mod podge onto your tile, then lay your photo on top of it. Next, paint a thin layer of mod podge on top of the photo.

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Let dry, then do a second (and third) coat. The key is to keep your layers thin and let them dry completely before doing the next coat. I tried to give two of them a kind of antique/rough look by hand scraping the photo while it was still damp.

Last, affix the feet to your coaster.

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This was a surprisingly easy craft project. Of course, after I finally got started I thought of some other things I could have¬†added to make them a little fancier – but maybe I’ll do the project again sometime soon.

Upcycling Event Magnets

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I work at a non-profit. I also have a hard time throwing things away. Considering my boss has the same problem, this is not a good combination if you’re trying to avoid accumulating junk.

We have an annual walk (as most non-profits these days seem to do) and we had a LOT of magnets leftover with the exact event date on them. They’re square. I couldn’t bring myself to let people throw them away, so my boss started stacking them in my office. Stacks. And stacks. A business card case full. (Only mildly related, I’ve suggested for next year we put the date on the lower half so that we could potentially have our logo at the top, cut the date off when the event is passed, and have magnets with just our logo to still hand out for fun).

While perusing pinterest, I saw a post of someone’s fun printed coasters they had made, and an idea was born. I could totally reuse our square magnets as coasters!!

My first idea was to decoupage them so they could be fun magnets, OR coasters as needed (and no need to store them in a drawer, taking up space). This, however, was sort of fail-

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See, it's the right size for a coaster. I've blurred the magnet so none of you can stalk me at work...because I know you all secretly want to hunt me down. I kid, I kid.

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Modge podge and some tissue paper. Unfortunately, you can see some of the magnet design through several layers of modgepodged things, and I was worried this would get too heavy to function as a magnet.

Then, I had another inspiration from a different pin on my craft board. Chalk board paint! These could be used as little mini chalkboard for notes on the fridge (and, also for writing your name on your coaster if that sounds like fun).

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