If you know me well, you know I am borderline OCD. I prefer when people use coasters. We've had some Mizzou coasters for years, but when I came across these coaster making accessories from The Crafty Dragonfly, I knew I wanted to give it a try.
I bought the 4 inch acrylic circles, and the 4 inch cork circles.
I picked out some of my favorite scrapbook paper. I bought this years ago and loved it so much that I didn't want to use it for anything. I finally started using it a few months ago.
I traced the acrylic circles onto the paper and cut them out, leaving a good border.
Peel off one layer of the protective blue plastic. I left the other side on until I was finished so it wouldn't end up coated in glue or scratched.
Then I applied a generous coat of modge podge to the acrylic and a lighter coat to the paper - make sure you put the glue on the side you want to show. I flipped the acrylic over onto my paper so I could center it within my traced line.
I obviously repeated this with all four coasters. After I let the modge podge dry for a few minutes, I pulled out my exato-knife and carefully cut around the acrylic.
Pardon the cutting-mat change. I didn't want to cut on my brand new yellow mat... did I mention I have slight OCD/control issues?
Then I glued the cork to the paper. I used a really thick coat of modge podge to make sure that it got into all the nooks and crannies of the cork.
Wah-lah! All done! It was really easy, and quick - less than an hour from start to finish. I'm thinking these would make nice gifts for the upcoming holidays. Shoot, maybe I shouldn't have posted about them.
And because no project is complete without a kitty helper...
These coasters are Toby-approved!
Sorry I took a break for pretty much all of September. I was in a crafting and blogging slump, but I'm back! I'm getting ready for my first craft show! It's in November, here in Columbia. I'll post more details about it as it gets closer, but if you live in the area plan on stopping by! There will be several great artists/crafters selling their goods. Do you think I should make some coaster sets to sell? I am planning on selling journals and note cards, similar to the ones I gave away in August, and maybe some fabric flowers.