My friend Andrea and I recently hosted a wine-themed shower, and while brainstorming all things wine-related, I thought of making coasters as a gift. At first I thought about using some cool fabric I had on hand that would go well with the colors my friend loves, but then I thought it would be even more fun to give as a collective gift from those invited to the shower, so instead I designed coaster paper, sent it along with the invitations I made with instructions to write three wishes (words or phrases) to the happy couple and to return the coaster paper to me in a self-addressed stamped envelope.
These coasters are SO incredibly easy to make. I warn any friends or clients reading this: don’t be surprised if you get coasters for winter holiday gifts this year! AND in addition to the easy instructions below, I’m including a FREE PDF design so you can make your own coasters! Just be sure if you download this design, you ONLY USE IT FOR PERSONAL USE. I have eyes everywhere, and if I see these being used commercially, you betcha my lawyers will come a’ knockin’, because that’s stealing and stealing is just not nice.
1. Thick coverstock paper – about .25 – .45 cents per sheet at paper stores (I used 85# because I wanted it to go through my picky laserprinter)
2. 4″ round clear acrylic (I got mine from Tap Plastics for $2.30 each; most plastics or industrial art supply stores have this or can cut acrylic to size & shape for you)
3. Photo spray mount – around $14-16 (although I used regular spray mount here which was $7.99)
4. Modge Podge or similar finishing product – around $6-8
1. Design your own 4″ round coaster art, cut out your favorite fabrics, or download our 2010 Urban Bliss Spring Green Coaster Designs for FREE through April 30th! Cut the designs out carefully with scissors.
Here’s a few I made for my friend’s shower:
Here is a sample of what the FREE Urban Bliss Spring Green Coaster designs look like (you get 2 of each design in the PDF; print as many as you want for personal use!):
2. Most plastic/industrial arts shops will give you acrylic rounds with protective backing (either blue plastic or thick cover adhesive). Use your fingernail to pick away one edge of the backing; once you get a corner off, the rest of the round cover should come off easily.
2. Place the round coaster paper face up on top of an art rag or other cloth item you no longer need. Use a photo spray mount adhesive and spray lightly over the cut out rounds of paper. Try to spray as evenly as possible, otherwise there may be splotches that seep through the paper.
3. Quickly but carefully place the clear acrylic round over the paper round that you just sprayed with adhesive.
4. With your fingers, firmly and evenly press the acrylic round to the paper round to ensure they stick together.
5. To finish off the coaster, use a light sponge and dab Modge Podge over the back of the blank paper side of the coaster. Allow to dry according to packaging. **Note: You could skip this step, but doing so just helps add an extra layer of protection to the back of the coaster.**
6. If making as a gift, here’s a simple way to present the coasters:
Voila! Easy, fast, and super fun! If you try this, be sure to let me know how it went, what materials you used, and send link to a photo too! Happy crafting!