It’s time again for another installment of something I like to call:

Since my induction into the Pinterest Addicts Club (oh, you too?! tee hee hee), I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve posted something inspired by the all-consuming pin board website. I’ve been so busy pinning that I forgot to actually DO something!

Today, to satisfy my Inner Craftin’ Goddess, as well as participate in another DIY luncheon at my church, I made several COLORFUL sets of paint chip drink coasters.

Of course, I did not come up with this amazing idea myself. I’m crediting two different websites because I used bits and pieces from both of them to create my tiles. One project tutorial, found here, is from Lindy at Itsy Bitsy Paper Blog. The other, found here, is Lindsay at The Cottage Home. They’re both the bees-knees in all things craft projects.
I spent an hour perusing both websites looking at their projects. I’m in awe.

Drink coasters have a special place in my heart because I was raised where, under no circumstances, a drinking glass was placed directly onto a table. My grandmothers would beat your tail if they caught you breaking the all-important drinking glass rule and saw a water ring on the table. You’d be in big T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

Even though I’m not super-talented or super-creative when it comes to DIY projects, I am inspired by Pinterest and the amazing talents of others. I’m also really particular about straight lines and steady with scissors, writing utensils, and a paint brush. This coaster project is also easy on the wallet! Including the tiles, this project cost less than 20-dollars.

Here are my supplies (everything from the local Wall-Marts or Home Dee-Pot):

  • 4-inch square ceramic tiles
  • paint chips, cut to size
  • Mod Podge (I used the “glossy” variety because I prefer SHINE)
  • Acrylic sealant (again, “glossy” for SHINE)
  • felt, cut into 4-inch squares (or one-inch “dots” if you run out like me!!!!)
  • sponge brush
  • Strong adhesive, such as Gorilla Glue (not pictured due to hurricane-like winds)

Notice the clips on the paint chips? The wind was blowing at Mach speed!

Using a sponge brush, I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge (or MP, for short) onto the tile and carefully placed a paint chip on top, making sure to smooth flat. It’s really important, according to the Crafting Professionals, that MP dries completely … so I waited. And waited. Then waited some more.

After 10-15 minutes, I applied another coat of MP. Repeat at least 3-4 more times.

Once the tiles were covered with paint chips, and the MP had dried completely, I sprayed them with an acrylic sealant. Since these will be used as drink coasters, I thought water-resistant was an important detail.

After a quick spray with acrylic, and they were dry enough to touch, I placed the coasters on the dining room table. With the fan on overhead, they dried overnight.

Now for the furniture protection:

The bottoms of the ceramic tiles are like fingernails on a chalkboard (EEEEK!), so I purchased several sheets of felt and cut them to size. I glued a piece of felt to the bottom using a strong adhesive. Allow to dry.

Disclaimer: If the felt pieces were two inches longer, I could have cut six equal pieces from each piece. But, that wasn’t the case and I ran out of full 4-inch square pieces and resorted to smaller square pieces for each corner. They’ll still protect furniture. Lesson #4049753 learned.

Finally, these colorful creations are ready to be packaged into sets of four tied with a ribbon. These coasters, along with a variety of other products will be sold at the 2012 Lord’s Acre mission fundraiser at my church on September 22, 2012.

Other tricks, tips, and techniques for future tile coaster projects:

  • The next time I’m in Kentucky (which I hope is sooner rather than later), I want to find themed scrapbook paper with the University of Kentucky. I know a “few” folks that would proudly display some UK drink coasters on their tables.
  • Instead of cardstock or scrapbook paper, you can also use photographs. Another reason to improve my photography!
  • I’m a HUGE fan of monograms and initials and want to make a set with “H” stickers.

I’d love to know what craft projects you’ve seen or created. If you are on Pinterest, follow me! If you would like to join Pinterest, send me an note with your email address.

Happy Crafting,

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