Earlier this week I shared some thoughts about what it means to make “easy” and “handmade” projects. In the interest of creating real posts for real readers, I decided to create whip up something that doesn’t require any fancy or expensive machinery or tools. These Christmas coasters really are easy and inexpensive and 100% handmade. They make a cute stocking stuffer and are a great hostess or teacher gift, as well.
Why are they easy? They require some craft paper, modpodge, scissors, and paint brush along with some thrift store coasters.
Why are they cheap? Well, the coasters are pretty darn cheap when you get them from the dollar or thrift store. You can even use square tiles from hardware store. Check out our classy coasters from the thrift store before their fancy makeover.
I skipped the Silhouette machine and grabbed some sharp scissors and cute craft paper that I picked up at Homesense. I actually bought 4 little booklets for $3.99 each because I’m addicted to pretty craft paper and couldn’t decide which one I liked best. #indecisive
Here’s the scoop on how to make these cute coasters. Affiliate links are added for your convenience.
- Craft paper (Mine was from Homesense but this is the 12×12 set from Amazon)(Hello, free shipping!)
- Modpodge (This is the cheapest price I’ve found)
- Paint brushes
- Coasters (cork, tile, cardboard) a
- Clear spray sealer (I used Rustoleum but Amazon has this brand way cheaper! )
- Snowflake stamp and white ink (optional)
- Ribbon or bakers twine for wrapping
- For the square coasters, trace your coaster on the back of the paper and cut out the coaster shape. Trim a little extra to make sure the paper doesn’t extend past the edge of the coaster.
- Apply Modpodge with a brush to the surface of the coaster and center the paper on top. Modpodge over the paper and set aside to dry.
- I sanded these coasters just slightly to remove the brush marks and then sprayed them with a matte sealer to make sure they were waterproof. The sanding is completely optional, though, I’m just kind of neurotic that way.
- For the round cork coasters I cut out different shapes from my craft paper. It takes some patience and a steady hand but that’s what “handmade” means, right?
- Apply Modpodge to the center of the coaster and center the image on top. Modpodge over the cut out and the rest of the coaster. I added some white snowflake stamps around the cut outs just to up the cuteness factor.
Bam! Handmade Christmas coasters. Real life easy, real life handmade, and real life inexpensive. Sort of. Because as we know, craft supplies aren’t cheap but the coasters were around $1 for a set of 4 or 6. I’m liking that.
I made four different sets on a Saturday morning while the boys were bopping around me. They were super impressed…seriously. It was adorable how enthusiastic they were about my “work” as I called it.
And just a note about those little snowflake stamps on the cork coasters. I didn’t actually have any white ink so I used one of my chalk markers. Actually, I didn’t have any ink at all because I didn’t realize I still had these stamps. Found them in my Christmas stash. Because I knew the chalk would run, I applied the “stamps” over top of the Modpodge and then sprayed with the sealer.
Four gifts down, 153 to go. 😉 Kidding. I think.
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