We have a lot of adults in our Easter celebrations. In fact, my two children are usually the only ones in attendance. None of my siblings have any children, and my husband’s sister isn’t married. Occasionally there is someone’s cousin’s children, but for the most part, we have adults at Easter.
Does this mean we cannot have Easter baskets? No! We love Easter baskets no matter our age. But, we have had to think of more creative ideas to put in the baskets since few of us like bubbles any more (although one year I put in water guns and everyone had a lot of fun).
This year, Monkey and I wanted to be a little extra crafty for our gifts, as discussed in our Easter strategy post. Our first completed project? Naturalist coasters.
DIY coasters are one of the least expensive projects you can make and would work for a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, wedding favor, and any other time you want to give a handmade gift. I think the overall cost for each coaster was around 70 cents. Not bad for such a cute gift!
DIY Naturalist Coasters
Step 1: Print your images onto regular paper. At first, I tried printing them onto tracing paper, because I wanted the images to look like they were drawn on the coaster, but after we applied the Mod-Podge, the images blurred. Black and white images might still work with tracing paper. Feel free to experiment.
Step 2: Cut out the images and arrange them onto the tiles. At first, I tried roughing up the tiles with sandpaper to make everything stick better, but it didn’t seem to make any difference whether the tiles were smooth or rough, so I quit sanding them.
Step 3: Glue the images onto the tiles with Mod-Podge. I found that by working from the center of the paper out toward the edges there were fewer wrinkles in the paper.
Step 4: Wait for the Mod-Podge to dry 24 hours. After it dries, apply a coat of shellac.
Step 5: Wait 2 hours, then lightly sand the shellac and apply a second coat. We sealed the tops and edges of our tiles.
Step 6: Cut 4×4 squares from felt and glue to the back of the tiles.
Step 7: Stack the tiles in piles of 2 or 4 (depending on how many you want to put in each basket) and tie with a pretty bow!
This project is super-easy, and 7-year-old Monkey could do all the steps without trouble. Don’t feel like you have to stick to any one particular image type. I really like the look of naturalist drawings, and I’ve seen this look start to become popular again, which is why I chose it. But I’ve also seen coasters online done with comics, scrapbook paper, maps, quotes, and personal photos. I think if I hadn’t done naturalist illustrations, I would have done maps. I love old maps.
|All wrapped-up and pretty!|
If you do this project, let me know how it turns out!