I am a clutterbug. I admit it. Too often I buy something or keep something with no idea what I’m going to do with it. When I moved out of my parents’ house to come to the city for graduate school my mom gave me a pack of cocktail napkins with the quote: “She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes, and headed out to change a few things.” Definitely cute, but that was the problem; they were TOO cute. I didn’t want to ruin them by actually using them. So they sat on my bookshelf for about a year before Pinterest saved the day (again)!
I found a pin showing homemade coasters made from holiday cocktail napkins – bingo! Thanks to Beneath My Heart I was able to follow their instructions and use the too-cute-to-ruin napkins to make stylish coasters. (Shout-out to a fellow SMP crafter, Michelle, for her help!)
Tiles (4 x 4 work best)
Roll of cork
1. Trim the napkin so it will fit on the tile. Make it slightly smaller than the tile’s surface. This will work out better when you are using the mod podge. We found it helpful to trace the tile onto the napkin and trim from there. (Be careful when trimming your napkin, it might be better to stick with patterns. I had to cut off a few letters from the quote in order to fit on the tile.)
2. Cover the tile with a layer of the mod podge and carefully place the napkin on top. Cover napkin with another layer of mod podge. Tip: Make sure to move your brush across the napkin in the same direction when layering the mod podge. This will keep it from crinkling (like mine below).
4. Cut the cork into a square a little smaller than the tile. Tip: Trace the coaster on the cork board and cut from there.
6. Spray the top of the coaster with acrylic sealer. This step cannot be skipped because the sealer keeps the mod podged napkin from getting wet when being used as a coaster. IMPORTANT: Spray the sealer in a well-ventilated area. It was a cold winter day so we decided to chance it and spray it in my apartment with an oscillating fan turned on. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Please do this step either outside or in a garage – you’ll thank me later.
7. Let sealer dry completely before use. These coasters are so easy to make and even easier to personalize so go ahead and make a bunch, tie them up in a bow, and never panic about buying a birthday gift again!
If you’re having trouble finding a napkin you want to use, you can also print out a design on regular computer paper and use that instead. We did an experiment with printing out our first initials and they turned out great! (Michelle cut closely to her M while I cut my K in a block…hers looks much cooler.)
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