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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Love Story Coasters

Guess what day it is today?.......Hump-daaayyay!! (If you didn't say that in the Geico camel's voice I'm very disappointed in you)  Lame? Ok, ok enough with the hump day jokes. 

So remember earlier in the week, I told y'all hubs and I had been doing some diy'ing this past weekend? Well today you will see the fruits of our labor....ok not all of the fruits because I don't have pictures of the kitchen table we put together or the coffee table we sanded and varnished--but some of the fruits. Namely these gorgeous DIY coasters we whipped up while we watched Boardwalk Empire Sunday night (note to self--never again!!)

DIY Love Story Map Coasters

This is a Pinterest project I've been dying to make but was a little wary about after my first (and not-so-successful) tangle with a bottle of modge-podge. Remember this little craft project gone awry? Yeah, I wasn't really itching for a repeat. However, after the hubs and I sanded and varnished our new-to-us coffee table (the one and only reason I like PCS season), I just knew I had to try again with the whole modge-podge thing. It also helped that a set of 4 cork coasters was exactly $4.25 at Walmart so I figured if I messed up at least it would only cost five dollars!!! 

Luckily for me (and you because hey my first DIY tutorial is something you've all been waiting for with baited breath) my coasters turned pretty near perfect!! 

what you'll need for your DIY coasters

If you've read anything about our love story or my newly finished About page, you know that Zach's and my love story spans quite a few states. So what better way to commemorate each stop of our journey than to make them a conversation piece of our home!! 

First I printed off maps of every town that had significance to us: Laurel where we met, Milwaukee where he proposed, Fort Benning for basic, and of course Schofield where we live now. I used Google maps but an old road map that fits to scale would work just as well, probably even better for smaller towns. 

Trace around the coaster onto the back side of the map-check and double check that the area you want on your coaster fits into your circle (yes, I might be speaking from experience)! Use a craft knife or a pair of scissors, whichever is handiest, to cut out your map circles.  Look them over and smile because you're almost done with your DIY. 

Now comes the modge-podge. I read somewhere in my research on coaster diy's (somewhere on Pinterest but I'm not sure exactly where) that the key to this little project is coating the back side of your map with modge-podge. So that's exactly what I did--and it worked! One coat and a few minutes of drying time and I had no problem at all with air bubbles once I glued the maps to the cork. 

And of course the next stop is to modge-podge your maps to the cork--I painted the cork so it adhered to the semi-sticky side of the map, smoothed it out, waited about 5 to 10 minutes (ok so it was more like 3) and then painted over the map. I let the first coat of each coaster dry over night before modge-podging them again. Waited a few hours than added another coat. All in all, I applied around four top coats to each coaster--just to be sure that the first time hubs plunks a half-melting bottle of ice cold water on one of them it doesn't smudge off. If you're not as OCD as me, you could probably get away with two top coats though. 

Pretty painless, right?! Exactly the type of DIY projects that I absolutely love--I'm even thinking about making more, maybe as gifts this time! PS--Did you notice the gorgeous quality of the photos in this here post? This girl DIY'd herself her very own light box--and it's magic how much a difference a few household items can make!! 

What have you crafted lately? 


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

DIY Love Story Coasters

Guess what day it is today?.......Hump-daaayyay!! (If you didn't say that in the Geico camel's voice I'm very disappointed in you)  Lame? Ok, ok enough with the hump day jokes. 

So remember earlier in the week, I told y'all hubs and I had been doing some diy'ing this past weekend? Well today you will see the fruits of our labor....ok not all of the fruits because I don't have pictures of the kitchen table we put together or the coffee table we sanded and varnished--but some of the fruits. Namely these gorgeous DIY coasters we whipped up while we watched Boardwalk Empire Sunday night (note to self--never again!!)

DIY Love Story Map Coasters

This is a Pinterest project I've been dying to make but was a little wary about after my first (and not-so-successful) tangle with a bottle of modge-podge. Remember this little craft project gone awry? Yeah, I wasn't really itching for a repeat. However, after the hubs and I sanded and varnished our new-to-us coffee table (the one and only reason I like PCS season), I just knew I had to try again with the whole modge-podge thing. It also helped that a set of 4 cork coasters was exactly $4.25 at Walmart so I figured if I messed up at least it would only cost five dollars!!! 

Luckily for me (and you because hey my first DIY tutorial is something you've all been waiting for with baited breath) my coasters turned pretty near perfect!! 

what you'll need for your DIY coasters

If you've read anything about our love story or my newly finished About page, you know that Zach's and my love story spans quite a few states. So what better way to commemorate each stop of our journey than to make them a conversation piece of our home!! 

First I printed off maps of every town that had significance to us: Laurel where we met, Milwaukee where he proposed, Fort Benning for basic, and of course Schofield where we live now. I used Google maps but an old road map that fits to scale would work just as well, probably even better for smaller towns. 

Trace around the coaster onto the back side of the map-check and double check that the area you want on your coaster fits into your circle (yes, I might be speaking from experience)! Use a craft knife or a pair of scissors, whichever is handiest, to cut out your map circles.  Look them over and smile because you're almost done with your DIY. 

Now comes the modge-podge. I read somewhere in my research on coaster diy's (somewhere on Pinterest but I'm not sure exactly where) that the key to this little project is coating the back side of your map with modge-podge. So that's exactly what I did--and it worked! One coat and a few minutes of drying time and I had no problem at all with air bubbles once I glued the maps to the cork. 

And of course the next stop is to modge-podge your maps to the cork--I painted the cork so it adhered to the semi-sticky side of the map, smoothed it out, waited about 5 to 10 minutes (ok so it was more like 3) and then painted over the map. I let the first coat of each coaster dry over night before modge-podging them again. Waited a few hours than added another coat. All in all, I applied around four top coats to each coaster--just to be sure that the first time hubs plunks a half-melting bottle of ice cold water on one of them it doesn't smudge off. If you're not as OCD as me, you could probably get away with two top coats though. 

Pretty painless, right?! Exactly the type of DIY projects that I absolutely love--I'm even thinking about making more, maybe as gifts this time! PS--Did you notice the gorgeous quality of the photos in this here post? This girl DIY'd herself her very own light box--and it's magic how much a difference a few household items can make!! 

What have you crafted lately? 


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