March 7, 2012

My new coasters

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Good Morning! As promised here are some pictures of my finished coasters from the 
DIY marble coaster tutorial from Shanty Chic

I love how they turned out! They are so useful and the perfect size for my fiancé and I's overside coffee mugs! One difficult part of the tutorial (actually difficult is an understatement for an impatient person like me) is gently rubbing off the paper to reveal the design after you bake them. A couple of times I would get too antsy and rub too hard and rub a portion of the design off. When you are gently rubbing off the paper what you are doing is removing the paper, but the ink from the design should be essentially stuck to the layers of Mod Podge. However, if you use too much water and rub too hard you will just rub off the layer of Mod Podge, taking the ink from the design with it. If you are a more patient person than me then you should have no problem! The results are amazing and have an aged look. Instead of the Rust-Oleum Ultimate Polyurethane with Soft Touch as listed in the tutorial I used Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel Spray as recommended by an associate at Lowes. She said it would be easier and dry faster since it is a spray and I really wanted a Glossy finish, not a Matte finish like she did in the Shanty Chic tutorial. 
The spray I used did dry really fast and the coasters are very shiny which I love! Be careful though because the smell is so overwhelming! Even spraying them outside left me with a pounding headache and feeling very lightheaded. 

When I was rubbing the paper off of the coasters (..for about an hour...) and getting frustrated because I ruined 2 of the designs my fiancé had a great idea! He recommended that I use some of my huge collection of scrapbooking paper to make the designs on them. So, I made two more coasters in which I cut out a square of scrapbooking paper the exact size of the coaster. I then painted on a thick layer of Mod Podge onto the coaster and then put the paper on top (design side up). I used an old credit card to smooth the paper down and get out any air bubbles. I then painted on 2 more layers of Mod Podge on top of the paper design, making sure that I got the sides really well and ensuring that the paper was perfectly sealed down. I let them dry overnight and then sprayed them with the Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel Spray again. They look great! 

Hope you guys like my coasters! It's definitely a fun and easy project to create custom coasters for your home!

*Felt circles on the bottom corners

Here is a picture of my scrapbooking paper coasters:

1 comment:

  1. i love them! and i love the colors you chose!! the scrapbook paper ones are fun too. have you ever used photos? i made 6 or 7 sets using photos for christmas gifts and the recipients loved them. here's the tutorial i used basically you print out the photos on tissue paper and mod podge them to the tiles. i still have left over tiles from christmas, i want to try this way now!