I saw a project that looked quick, easy, and cheap on a friend’s blog recently and decided that we would try a version for the grandparents (who I’m pretty sure don’t read my blog…) My friend took some tiles from a home improvement store, mod podge, scrapbook paper, felt, and acrylic sealer and made some cute coasters. We did the same, using plain scrapbook paper and the kids added their own art.
First, I cut the paper to the same size as the tiles, 4″ x 4″. Then we had drawing time. I told them they could do whatever they wanted with whatever tools they chose. I suggested some things like drawing a picture, or writing a poem or a note. I got out stickers in case the littler ones wanted to use a few of those. For Kyler’s, since he just scribbles, I spelled his name in stickers. After the kids were done I added their names and ages to the ones they did.
We attached the scrapbook paper with mod podge and then put a layer of mod podge over the top. After that dried I sprayed them with a coat of Krylon Matte Sealer. Then we glued a square of felt to the back of each coaster so it won’t damage their furniture.
I think they turned out cute, but I’m not sure how they will hold up to actual use. The sealer didn’t seem to do a good job sealing and I really think the paper will get ruined. I think the grandparents will like them and since they were a quick, cheap and easy thing to give from the kids I’m not too worried about what happens later. :) If nothing else they can just be set out as mini artwork and I think they’re better than just getting a card.
Have you made some? How did your sealer do on keeping the paper/photo safe? Any tips for next time?