Hi fellow crafters, it’s me, Becki from The Happy Card Encouragement Factory, back again with another fun project. This time I decided to go with a little gift idea rather than my usual cards. It’s because I love bringing simple gifts that my hosts will use when my family and I are invited to dinner or a summer BBQ. Coasters are inexpensive and easy to make. Believe it or not, coasters are super appreciated and you can never have enough. Especially when you do a lot of entertaining. Plus, there are so many ways you can make them!
- Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze
- 4 packs of Wood Tiles
- E-6000 glue
- Cork coasters
- Alphabet Stickers
Before you start, decide how big and what your coasters are going to say (if anything at all). I choose to make them 4 wood tiles wide and 4 down. I also wanted words that represented drinking. The great thing about these wood tiles is there are no letters printed on them. That way it is easier for you to add your own without running out of letters for your project. I did use a marker to add my letters but I must have had too much caffeine today because my handwriting was terrible. I found some alphabet stickers laying around and decided it would be easier on everyone if I just used them. Since I am going to be using a sealant, the stickers will work fine.
Once you have your tiles all worded up, you are ready to glue them onto the cork. The cork on the bottom is great as it acts as a stabilizer for the tiles and also a surface protectant. We wouldn’t want to give a present to someone and have it scratch up their coffee tables, now would we?
Now that all of my tiles are glued down together, this gives me the opportunity to make sure I have them lined up correctly. I also check if I like the placement and then letting them dry for a bit before trimming.
After about 20 minutes, I trimmed as close to the edges as possible with my craft knife. I made sure the sides looked nice and clean with no crumbs hanging. Then it was time to seal the wood. I sprayed one coat with the Krylon Triple-Thick glaze. The great thing about this glaze is one coat equals three coats, dries to the touch in 15 minutes and can be handled in about 4 hours. I love the extra high-gloss finish that looks like glass and it gives the illusion of depth to the coasters. I also love how the glaze darkened the wood.
That’s all there is to it. Told you it was simple. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my guest spot here at Crafts Unleashed. Take your time and look around at all the amazing projects they have to offer. There is some serious talent here!
Have a great day and happy crafting!
Thank you to Becki for this great project! Make sure you visit her blog - The Happy Card Encouragement Factory – to see all her fun and crafty projects!Google+