Saturday, August 20, 2011

This weekend plus a craft...

It has been a loooong week, y'all.  But we've had a great weekend so far!

Last night one of Micah's friends and his wife came over for dinner and ended up staying the night so they didn't have to drive all the way back to Fort Worth.  We had a wonderful time catching up. And then we spent some time with Mom and Steve today, which is always so fun.

After dinner we headed to Home Depot and Hobby Lobby to pick up some things I've been wanting for a project I saw on Pinterest.  It turned out pretty great, so I thought I'd show you what I did.

Here's what you'll need:

8 4X4 tiles - Home Depot sells them for $.16 apiece.
mod podge
sponge brush
scrapbook paper of choice
felt sheets with a sticky side (which I forgot to include in the picture)

Set the tile on top of the paper, and cut around it with the razor.  
Flip the paper over to the white side, and cover it completely (in a thin layer) with mod podge using the sponge brush.
Carefully place it on top of one of the tiles, lining it up evenly with the sides, and press it down.  There should be just a teensy bit extra on all the edges.  Make sure it's all completely smooth.  

Apparently, you're then supposed to put mod podge on top, too.  You're supposed to do several layers of it, letting them dry in between each coat.  I somehow missed this step, so there's no telling how durable these things are going to be. :)
But, in any event, after you've got them all covered, line them up on cardboard or wax paper or whatever flat surface you've got laying around outside.

Then spray them with a light, even coat of the Shellac.  Let them dry for 30 minutes or so, and then go over them again with another coat.  Let them dry for a few hours, and then, if you're feeling more thorough than I did tonight, give them a coat of a clear sealer or varnish to make sure it's all even. 

Once the varnish dries, attach a large square of felt to the bottom of each coaster so they don't scratch whatever surface you set them on.

  Voila! You've got yourself some customized, pretty coasters! :)

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