Arts & Crafts, DIY, Homemade

Make a Personalized Coaster

Instead of giving a framed photo to my boyfriend to keep on his desk I thought I’d like to give him more of a functional gift that also showcased us as a couple. The idea of this coaster sprouted from a Pinterest search and I was full steam ahead when I saw how easy it really was.

If you would like to make personalized coasters of your own (they make wonderful gifts and are extremely customizable) here are some general directions:

  1. Gather your Supplies.
    The most important thing to have is the coaster base itself. I used a tile that I found at Home Depot for less than fifty cents. In hindsight I should have kept to a simple square tile for my first try; it was difficult to cut my photo to fit the hexagonal tile I chose.
    Have your photos, graphics, pens, twine, etc. ready. There are so many variations possible. I used a standard sized photo (4×6 in.) – be sure that your art fits onto your selected tiles to your liking!
    You’ll need acrylic sealer. I used Mod Podge because it’s easy to use and doubles as glue. However it’s not waterproof so I needed a little something extra: Polyurethane in spray form from Home Depot. This should keep my coaster safe from water, condensation, spills, whatever!
    >Tile (from Home Depot)IMG_2400
    >Photo (from local drugstore 1 hour photo)
    >Secure Glue/Acrylic Sealer (from local craft store)
    >Waterproof Sealer (from Home Depot)
    >Felt/Cork (Scraps from home or a craft store)
    None of these supplies broke my wallet.
  2. Glue Photo onto Clean Tile Surface.
    Measure your photo to fit the tile. Take your time in doing this because it’s hard to fix mistakes when you cut too much off eek! Clean the tile’s surface with some rubbing alcohol to remove oil or dust, then go ahead and glue on your photo! Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
  3. Layer on Acrylic Sealer.
    Take your time to layer on acrylic sealer. I used a brush, but it left me with streak marks leading me to thing that a sponge brush may have been better. Give ample
    time for each layer to dry before the next. I did three layers, which may be enough for you as well. (Note: if you’ve drawn on your tile with Sharpie brushing on sealer may smudge the ink – I recommend spraying on your first layer instead of brushing).
  4. Spray on Waterproof Sealer.IMG_2402
    In a well ventilated space spray on at most two layers of the waterproof sealer of your choice. Make sure to let all sealers dry in a clean space. (I let mine dry outside and got some dirt stuck on the coaster). Make sure to let all sealers dry flat on the
    coaster. (I let mine dry standing against a wall and the polyurethane pooled near the bottom).
  5. Attach Bottom Fabric.
    Use hot glue or any glue you trust to attach the felt or cork to the bottom of your coaster. This will keep the bottom of your coaster from scratching table surfaces. AAAAND YOU’RE DONE!IMG_2401

If I make any more coasters I will post photos of them on this post to supply some more inspo.

DIY, Homemade, Repurpose

Upcycled Candle Jar

One of my favorite ways to reduce my carbon footprint is to repurpose old glass containers. Recently I finished off a candle and had only the dredges of wax left stuck to the bottom of a pretty glass container. Here is how I decided to reuse the jar:


This was easy and fun to make, if you’re interested in making something similar for yourself the steps are below.

  1. Remove the Remaining Wax.
    Place the candle jar into a slow boiling pot of water. Make sure the water cannot enter the candle jar. Slowly the hot water surrounding the glass will heat up the remaining wax, after which you can pour out the melted wax and are left with a clean jar.
  2. Clean the Jar.
    After the jar has cooled, clean it with soap and warm water to remove any residual wax. This sometimes requires a bit of elbow grease.
  3. Create a Design.
    Here’s the most fun part. You can do whatever you like: minimal, intricate (like mine – I used plain ‘ol sharpie), modern, or even natural. For now pinterest away for some inspiration, but I’ll have some examples up soon of my own designs.
  4. Add Filler.IMG_2395
    Since the point is to reuse and repurpose I urge you to skip buying a filler and instead find one. I went down to the beach and collected a bit of sand for my filler. Some ideas are: wood, stones, cut up pine needles, pine cone pieces, wine bottle cork, ┬ábeans, grains, paper stars, paper shavings…the list goes on. Just remember, if you’re collecting filler from nature to not take more than needed, and to clean it thoroughly.
  5. Enjoy a New Container!
    I chose to store my make up brushes in mine, let me know how you decided to use yours.