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Tissue Paper Photo Coasters

I’ve already been buying/making/planning for Christmas gifts for a month or two now. My grandparents love anything with photos of their grandchildren, so when I saw an idea for photo coasters from Lee Lala, I thought it was perfect. I ended up combining it with ideas from two girls being crafty, as well. And heck, everyone else in the craft blog community is doing it, so why shouldn’t I? (Just don’t tell my grandparents until Christmas!)

Cute Black and White Photo Coasters

My supplies were:

  • Digital pictures edited to black and white
  • White tissue paper
  • Ceramic or sandstone tiles (I couldn’t find sandstone even though I liked that idea, so I got some super cheap ceramic tiles from Home Depot that were like 10-20 cents apiece)
  • Printer (Many tutorials say to only use a laser printer, but I used an inkjet and just made sure to print in black ink/grayscale ONLY, not the color combination that creates black, so that the colors wouldn’t get all weird.)
  • Mod Podge and foam brush
  • Spray sealant
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue
  • O Magazine (or other easy-cleanup work surface… I had this free copy from years ago to use 🙂 )

The first two steps using the tissue paper are the hardest, because tissue paper is so fragile. First, I printed out each photo on tissue paper in a size to match my 4″ish by 4″ish inch tile. It had to be carefully taped to a sheet of cardstock so it wouldn’t get all bunched up in the printer.

Tissue Paper Photo Coasters

Next, I applied a thin layer of mod podge with the foam brush and quickly but carefully placed the photo on top. There will be wrinkles, as is the nature of tissue paper, but do your best to smooth them out very carefully so the paper doesn’t tear. The wrinkles aren’t as obvious once the coasters are done, but they still help give the photos a worn, unique look.

Tissue Paper Photo Coasters

Then, apply a thin layer of mod podge on top

Tissue Paper Photo Coasters

And let dry for at least fifteen minutes, then add another coat. Wait an hour or two more, and add a coat of spray sealant to help make them waterproof.

Sealing Photo Coasters

Once that dries after a few hours, the main part of the coaster done, so you just need to glue on the felt.

I measured the tiles (since they aren’t exactly 4×4) and cut the felt to the same size, one piece for each coaster.

Measuring Felt

Then, I placed hot glue on each coaster, one side at a time, and stuck on the felt before it dried.

Gluing Felt to CoastersGluing Felt Onto Photo Coasters

Add some ribbon, and you have cute personalized coasters!

Cute Black and White Photo Coasters

For an easier version, you could just use regular paper or photo paper since it doesn’t wrinkle, or just use scrapbook paper for cute ones if you don’t want to put your glass on someone’s face. I know a lot of people have done this, and for some reason I decided to go with the harder-to-work-with tissue paper. But these coasters have character. 😉

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Bottle Cap Magnets

I saw this great project from Martha Stewart on bottle cap magnets. Because of a beer-loving boyfriend, I have access to an abundance of bottle caps, and I love really customizable things like this, because you can really use whatever pictures you want.

Here are the supplies required:

  • Bottle caps
  • Pictures that can fit on bottle caps
  • Clear casting resin (usually used for jewelry or paper weights)
  • Measuring device
  • 2 plastic cups
  • 2 disposable mixing devices (like plastic dinnerware or chopsticks)
  • Small magnets and/or tacks
  • Super glue or other strong glue
  • Craft glue or double-stick tape
  • Wax paper for work area

Here are my supplies for the casting phase:

To get my pictures to fit on bottle caps, I shrunk and cropped them down to a print size of 1”x1” (the exact size of a bottle cap) using a photo editing program, and drew a circle onto it so that it would be more uniform than my free-hand attempt at cutting a circle.

After printing and cutting out each picture (onto photo paper, because I think regular paper might get smeared/discolored by the resin), I stuck them to the bottle caps with double-stick tape. This wasn’t sticky enough for some of the bottle caps, so I would recommend a good glue maybe next time, in which case you’ll have to wait for it to dry before pouring the resin. You can also used small stickers – I had a few stickers that I cut to fit the bottle caps.

Then, I opened up the resin and read and followed the instructions for mixing the resin. I had never used casting resin before, so it was an interesting learning experience. First, I measured the resin exactly (using a measuring cup that will be crafts and non-food things only from now on), poured it into the cup, measured the hardener to the same amount (this is super important), and poured it in. I used 1/8 cup each of resin and hardener for each batch, and that was enough for 10 bottle caps with a little left over.

I mixed for 2 minutes, then poured it all into another cup and mixed for another minute with a different mixing device. (I don’t know why this is required, but that’s what the instructions say.)

Finally, it was time to pour it into the bottle caps.

I made 2 batches, 19 in total. The resin was apparently not quite warm enough in the second batch (it said 75 degrees would be warm enough, but I would probably up it to 80), which caused the tiny bubbles to stay in several, so watch out for that.

(The Doctor looks kind of evil in this picture!) Once the resin was poured, I let them set overnight, and they were all hardened. I then used super glue to glue on my tiny magnets, and I stuck tacks on a few of them.

Ta-da! Despite the bubbles, I still like them and might make more in the future, and make sure the resin is warm enough next time.