Monday, November 22, 2010

what i made monday: a fun handmade gift under $5

This weekend I made these fun and colorful stone coasters.  I think they would make the perfect hostess or neighbor gift.  You can make a set of 4 for under $5 and in about 30 minutes.

 This is a fun project that your kids can help with too. 

If you'd like to make some, here's what you'll need:

~ Stone Tiles {I used 4x4 Travertino Light.  It came in a pack of 9 tiles from The Home Depot for $3.77}

~ Mod Podge {and brush to apply}

~ Self Adhesive Cork Liner {to protect furniture surfaces}

~ Scrapbook Paper

Here are the steps:

Before you get started, wipe off your stone tiles with a damp paper towel to get all the chalky residue off. 

Step 1: Measure and cut your cork backing to be slightly smaller than the tile so you don't see it from the side.  Since my tile was 4x4, I cut the cork squares to be 3.5x3.5.

 {I got my roll of cork backing at Michaels for $5  - it's enough to back 32 tiles and it's got a measuring grid on the back which makes it much easier to cut your squares}

You can round the corners of your cork squares for a more finished look if you prefer.

Step 2: Peel off the paper backing and affix the cork liner to the back of each tile.

Step 3: Cut your paper to 3.5x3.5 and round the corners if you like.

Step 4: Brush the tile generously with your Mod Podge.

Step 5: Place the paper on top of the stone and apply a second coat of Mod Podge on top. Make sure you use the brush in one direction and be sure that the Mod Podge is applied evenly to the top of the stone and around the edges.  Set the stone tiles on a cup or other surface while they dry so that the edges don't have a chance to get stuck to anything while they dry.   

 Once they dry, you'll have this:

Pretty cute, huh?  I love the idea of making gifts with your kids and I also love the idea that a thoughtful, well loved gift doesn't have to cost a lot. 

There are so many beautiful papers you can use, the possibilities are endless.   

I hope I've inspired you to make some colorful stone coasters!  


  1. HI Amber!!! Im your newest follower! I Just found you and sooo glad i did! Im new to blogging and LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your site! Those are BRILLIANT! BEAUTIFUL!!! Christmas gifts from Kara this year! I have and interior design buss and blog...i am doing 14 days of xmas trees...would BEYOND LOVE it if you would come visit!!!
    I have a great GIVEAWAY too

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  2. I've seen another idea much like this, but these are so colorful! I love the idea of using scrapbook paper! :-D

  3. This is such a pretty idea! I have one question, though, since I've not used Modge Podge more than a few times. Is it waterproof? Will the coasters stand up to a sweaty glass? Thanks!

  4. Hi! Yes, the Mod Podge will seal them. The liquid will just pool up on the coaster.

  5. I just love these. I have some of these tiles, I really should do this as gifts...yours look amazing.

  6. I love these! Such a neat gift idea! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday!

  7. Yours came out so much cuter than mine! I think I messed it up with the rounding of the edges on the paper... what's that fancy corner rounder gadget you have? I also cut out some flowers from scrapbook paper and layered them on top of striped paper which I thought was cute :)

  8. Love these! I did this a few years ago using custom logos that I printed from my computer. They do hold up well under constant use. I have found that over time (and I did these about 6 years ago), that it is time to re-do as the moisture of daily use eventually wore down the modge podge coating. I probably should have re-sealed once every year (or every other year).

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