Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Coaster's that Fit You.

I was never able to find a set of coasters for the theme of the living room I once had. I couldn't find anything really fitting for the Irish country theme. So I thought I might try and make a set of my own. I did a trail set of 4 to see if it would come out, or even work well.

They turned out pretty well. I think I might keep them and use them for the kitchen or something.

The only hardship I had was trying to find Mod Podge Outdoors. It wasn't at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or even Jo-Anne. I finally just ordered it to be shipped to the Walmart in our town. You don't have to use the outdoor version if you don't want, but then you need to make sure you use a waterproofing sealer.

You can use stone coasters or the cork ones that I chose.

Pick out the paper you would like to use and if there is a specific section you would like then make sure to center the coaster on that image. Take a sheet and flip it over and trace the outline of the coaster. Then cut it out. I cut inward a little to make sure I wouldn't have to worry about folding it over if it was too long.

Take the coaster and coak it with the mod podge. Then lay the paper cut out on top of the coaster. Take a roller and spread out the paper to get rid of the air bubbles.

Once you are sure you have gotten all the air bubbles out, coat over the paper. (I rolled over it again to make sure the new coat didn't make more air bubbles, but that is entirely up to you.) Let it dry for about 20 to 25 minutes. I did several coats and then let it dry for a full 24 hours.

I then took it out to the garage (to let it be aired out) and sprayed it along all the edges and then on the top. I let that dry about about 30 minutes and then coated it again. I left them out in the garage to air out, as the sealer can be rather smelly. Once I felt the smell was gone I put them back inside. That was my first set. I have since finished the real set of 6.

Might want to give it a try yourself. They work very well.

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