coaster obsessed

DIY coasters

I think I am slightly obsessed with coasters! I want to make them for everyone. So, when I received DIY coasters from Kimi as a hostess gift, and she revealed how she and her mom {love you Barb} made them {the secret ingredient was napkins}, I knew I had to make some. They looked so good, I couldn’t believe it. Maybe I’m late in the game to discover this and this is so 90s or maybe they were on to something BIG…either way, I love it. I have so many fun napkins, always in need of a great gift…and who doesn’t need something to prevent a water ring from their cocktail?

DIY Napkin and Tile Coasters
{thanks Kimi and Barb}

You’ll Need:
Cute Napkins {mine were from Curly Girl}
4 white 4×4 tiles from Home Depot
Modge Podge {the regular kind you use with a brush, and also the spray…I used the spray this time to prevent streaks, and it worked, but you can definitely still use the regular kind}
Cork Board from Michaels

How To:
Peel all the layers of the napkin away from the top layer and cut it along its creases. With the Curly Girl napkins I used, 1 napkin gave me 4 perfect squares for 4 tiles.
Add about 1 tablespoon of Modge Podge to the tile and spread out with a foam brush.
Place the napkin on the tile and press down the sides along the sides of the tile. Careful not to pull as the napkin is thin and can tear.
Make sure all sides, corners and bubbles are pressed down.
Let dry for about an hour to two.
Gently tear the sides of the napkin ‘left over’ to the edge of the tile. It should tear easily. I didn’t need a scissors.
Spray the tiles with the Modge Podge and let dry for 20 minutes. Repeat the spray steps 2 more times. Don’t forget to spray the sides and corners. If you apply Modge Podge with a brush, I would apply at least 2 to 3 layers.
Cut the cork board into squares slightly smaller than 4×4.
Apply Gorilla Glue to the cork board and press down on tile. I applied a smaller square on the cork, as Gorilla Glue spreads 3-4 times as it adheres. If you over-apply, it will leak through the sides and will be really difficult to remove.
Place a heavy book on top of the cork board and tile, and in the morning {or 2 hours}, you will have a lovely set of coasters.

DIY napkin coasters

DIY coasters

DIY tile coasters

{images via j. sorelle}

roller coaster of love

We’re about 2 months late posting this, but better late than never right? We made a special set of coasters for my mom and grandma this year for Mother’s Day, and today we are sharing our DIY with you. Custom tiles make for a lovely Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday, or anniversary gift. And, if you have a loved one that loves photos like our mom does, he/she will really appreciate this gift.

I had extra paper and medium {{I ordered bulk transfer kits a year ago for another project} from Tilano, a photo transfer kit/products, that transfers photos from special paper to tile, and I bought 9 marble coasters from Home Depot for $4 – that was all I needed for this special gift.

I followed Tilano directions {for more thorough instructions, read them here}, and have outlined my steps below…

How To Make Custom Photo Coasters
Find images you want to use, and mirror the images. I used Picnik, an amazing photo editing tool, conveniently {and free} on Google+ to mirror the images.
Make sure each image is 4×4 {or the size of your tile} – I had Jenna at Fleur de Lis edit each image to a 4×4 size, and next to each other {so I didn’t waste paper} onto a PDF}
Make a laser copy of my images onto the shiny side of the Tilano Imaging Paper™ with a laser printer.
Do not cut each image yet…that will come after you apply a thin coat of medium.
Shake the Tilano Medium™ before use. Lightly brush a thin layer of medium onto the laser copy of your image. Use quick, even brush strokes and don’t apply medium to any part of the image more than once because it will smear. It is easy for the ink to smear.

Apply a thin coat of the medium onto the entire surface and edges of the tile too, and let each dry for 45 minutes.
Once it’s dry, cut the image.
Using the foam brush, apply 1 tablespoon of the Medium to the entire surface of the tile.

Immediately apply your image face down and use a spreader to flatten the image so there are no air bubbles. The easiest way to do this is to push firmly from the center of the images outwards. Wipe the spreader clean each time so no Medium gets on the back of the paper.

Place the coaster on a cookie sheet and place it in the oven for 15 minutes at 170 degrees, then let it cool for about 15 minutes.
Rinse the foam brush so all the Medium is removed.
Fill a cup with water, and apply water to the back of the paper with the foam brush until it becomes totally transparent {about 30 seconds}. If there is an area or spot that did not become transparent, add more water and rub until it becomes transparent.

Use your fingers to peel the paper off starting where the paper has lifted on a corner.


Let the coaster dry for 30 minutes.
Once dry, use sand paper to sand the edges of the photo to create a ‘vintage look.’
{left is not filed with sand paper below, but the right is…hopefully you can see the difference}

Dip the brush in the medium and apply a thick coat to the entire surface and edges of the tile using even strokes. Let the coaster dry for 45 minutes, then apply another coat. 3 coats will provide the greatest durability {I think I just did 2}.
Stack coasters, tie with twine and add to a tray with coffee or a cocktail and snacks, and bring to your loved one. Every time they drink, they can smiles and cheers to the beautiful faces on their custom coaster set.

For any questions or more info about the Tilano kits specifically, go to www.tilano.net for FAQs and downloadable templates.

{images via Tutto Bella}

a favor to share

I’m obsessed with details at weddings, especially when the details are perfectly fitting to the bride and groom’s personalities. Favors, although not officially necessary {and guests often leave behind}, are a wonderful opportunity to incorporate details into a wedding day, and serve as a memento for guests to take home and remember a couple’s wedding day too.

The ideas are endless, but here’s some clever favor ideas I just adore lately, and they can be used at both weddings, parties and showers…

SPRING FAVORS
Honey Dipper at Place Setting
Elizabeth Anne Designs

Honey Dipper in Honey Mojito
Style Me Pretty

Seed Packets
Sunflower Seed Packets {place card and favor} sold here, at Fleur de Lis, a paperie

EDIBLE FAVORS
Peanut Butter and Jelly Favors
Green Wedding Shoes

Old Fashioned Mini Pies, Style Me Pretty

LOCATION SPECIFIC FAVORS
maracas
Green Wedding Shoes

Ornaments
Pinecones were meaningful for this couple because it was significant to the spot where they were engaged, James Christianson

Wood Coasters
“take a piece of Colorado with you” via Ruffled Blog
you can also buy some here

VINTAGE FAVORS
CD of Love Songs
Green Wedding Shoes

Handkerchief Favors
Elizabeth Anne Designs

{images via Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Ruffled, Project Wedding, Green Wedding Shoes, James Christianson}