Friday, 28 December 2012

Sixth Day of Christmas: Hostess gift - coasters

Heading to someone’s place for a visit this holiday season?  Want to bring a hostess gift that’s just a bit different?  Sure, bring a bottle of wine, but what about a snazzy set of coasters made with your host in mind?  If you’ve got a bit of time and $10 ($5 if you already have podge because you made those awesome superhero ornaments we posted a few weeks ago), this is a lovely little add-on for anyone willing to feed and entertain you for an evening.

As far as supplies, I needed:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ceramic tiles (4x4 inch)
  • A pencil
  • A paper cutter, scissors, or a straight edge and a knife
  • Mod Podge
  • A sponge applicator
  • Felt for underneath
  • Glue gun
  • Letter stickers for “monogramming”
The process was pretty simple.  I traced the tiles on the back of the paper and used my cutter to trim it to fit the tiles.  Then I applied a thin layer of podge to the tile and set my paper in place and let the tiles sit for a couple of minutes. Once that had a chance to dry, I podged over top of the paper.


After letting them dry, I thought they still needed a little something.  I decided to add a “G” sticker to each coaster in order to sort of monogram them.  These are going to my mom so I used colours to match her family room, and the G for her last name.

Another layer of podge went over top of the stickers.  And one more after that.  I cut small circles out of felt to glue to the bottom of the coasters. 

Finally, I wrapped them up and packed them for travel.


Thursday, 20 December 2012

Fifth Day of Christmas: Glass gift tags

I had a few glass balls left after making the superhero ornaments and was wondering what I could do with them.  I originally thought that I could use sparkly paint and draw a series of swirls on them.  Then I remembered that I’m not terribly artistic – freehand drawing is just not a strength of mine.  So – what about using them for gift tags?!  Great idea, right?  

So I gathered the supplies – SO basic.
I needed: the ornaments scrap paper on which to rest them, and a silver leaf pen.
All I had to do was write names on each one and let them sit for a few minutes to dry.  I also wrote the year on the bottom:

Then I added people's names.  Not fancy, but you get the idea:

They’re a little tough to see since I used clear ornaments, but you get the idea!
And, voila! Easy-peasy, not-super-boring gift tags!