I'm sorry I haven't posted much this week nor had a chance to check out anyone else's posts. I was traveling on business and my meetings were stacked back-to-back from the second I woke up until I plopped myself into bed each night. I returned home late last night and fell asleep almost instantaneously. And even this morning, my eyes are burning. I don't wear glasses nor contacts - it's from pure exhaustion.
But I'm mustering up enough energy to share with you my DIY coaster project from last week. I will be back in full-swing blogging mode soon!
Last weekend, our wonderful friends, Mr. and Mrs. H, invited us over for dinner. This is the same friend who helped me with the Front Yard Transformation and Cinco de Mayo Party. They're not big wine drinkers, so I wanted to bring something in addition to flowers.
I happened to come across some damask, monogrammed paper napkins and thought, "How cute would these be as monogrammed coasters?"
Mod Podge coasters is certainly not a new idea, but it's new to me! This project could not have been easier.
I don't think I've mentioned this before, but Mr. Stranded is usually skeptical of my projects. He can't visualize the finished product and initially thinks it's a horrible idea. But, back to Fact 2 about myself from this post, he just goes with it now. When the coasters were dried and ready for use, Mr. Stranded said, "Those were pretty easy to make, huh? Can you make some for us?" I love it when he finally comes around!!
Don't these make a cute hostess gift?
DIY Paper Napkin Coasters Instructions
Outdoor Mod Podge
Foam paint brush
Fine-Medium Grit Sand Paper
Felt or thin cork, cut into 3-3/4" squares
Heavy-duty Glue, such as Spray Craft Glue
Lay down some sort of protective covering, such as a vinyl tablecloth, on your work surface.
Separate any paper layers so that only one layer remains.
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the tile and around the edges. The tile should be tacky to the touch only. It should not have a visible layer of glue.Lay napkin over tile. When satisfied with the positioning, run your finger over the surface and sides to adhere napkin to the tile.
Allow 20-30 minutes to dry. Wash glue off foam brush. Squeeze dry with a paper towel.
Using some Fine to Medium grit sand-paper, sand the edges for a clean looking finish.
Apply a thin layer of clear lacquer to sides first, then top.
Allow 1 hour to dry before applying the next layer. A total of five layers is needed to waterproof.
Once all layers have been applied, wait 24 hours before continuing.
Place felt on tile and press felt firmly onto tile to adhere.
Flip right-side-up and allow glue to dry 5 minutes.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: $3.00
Paper napkins: $1 (on-sale at Marshall's)
4x4 tiles: $0.31 each (Home Depot)
Felt or thin cork, cut into 3-3/4" squares: $0.13 (Wal-mart)
All other materials I already owned