Monday, March 1, 2010

Grammy's Birthday Present - Scrapbook Coasters!

The chance of my mother actually reading this blog are slim to none so I am going to post the lastest, greatest craft that the kids have just completed.  It's for Grammy's birthday.  I think she's going to love it!  Here is a photo of the completed project:

Scrapbook Coasters

These coasters were very easy and very fun to create.  We started out with some 12 cent tile from Lowe's.  They're the matte finish, white tile that they have back in the bathroom tile area.  These particular tile measure 4.25 x 4.25 which is a great size to work with.

You will need scrapbook paper (or other fancy paper like wrapping paper), decorative scissors, modge podge and a spray sealer, like Krylon 3X .   We cut out a piece of paper large enough to cover the tile and then trimmed it with our fancy scissors.  We layered, added stickers and arranged until we got the look we wanted.   Take it all off and set it aside.

You need to paint Modge Podge on the entire tile, covering it completely.  Even if you don't cover to the edge of the tile, you need to paint the whole thing.  Don't forget to protect your table or you will end up with this stuff everywhere!

Once you've painted on the tile, add your first layer of paper.  Paint over that layer completely with the ModgePodge.  Keep layering, covering each layer with the ModgePodge.  The Modge Podge acts as a glue and as a sealer.  You'll end up with a mess that looks like this:

Let it dry for 20 to 30 minutes and add another layer of Modge Podge over the whole tile.  You're trying to completely seal in the paper so that it can be used under a wet glass.  We added a total of three layers of ModgePodge.

Once the last layer has been added, let it dry for 24 hours.  You will need to seal the tile with a spray sealer at this point.  Modge Podge tends to get a little tacky if exposed to moisture and the spray sealer will help prevent this.  Use a heavy hand with the sealer and you will get a coating like glass.  If you mess up and leave streaks, go over it again in a half hour with the same spray sealer.  

The kids also made a box to hold the coasters.  We decided to have two stacks of four coasters, side by side.  The oldest thoroughly enjoyed using the saw and the hammer!  He measured out the tile, multiplied by two and added in the width of the side slats.  It's very easy and only took a few cuts with the saw to complete.

Don't forget to add felt to the bottom of the box as well as to the bottom of each of the tile so that they don't scratch the surface they're sitting on.  We used Gorilla Glue to attach it.

This turned out to be an extremely inexpensive project with a lot of meaning.  The kids were able to do all of it, with a little help and supervision.  Grammy's gonna love it!

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