While the fabric coasters available at the
mall are pretty inexpensive already, you may want to spend more on
personalizing such things for your home. It takes just a little effort, to make
a memorable impact. You can make your coasters with supplies that you can buy
at the P66 or P88 stores.
Here are some ideas that you may want to
try on your own.
First, buy square tiles from the ceramics
store. These will serve as the base for your coaster. Or instead of tiles, you
may also make your own using plaster of Paris, if you have the time.
squares – Glue together discarded scrabble tiles, 4 x 4 or 5x5. You can
either just arrange them randomly or incorporate words. After gluing them
together with super glue, apply a few coats of resin to make them sturdier
and stronger. Apply felt fabric at the bottom for more traction.
- Pebbles –
This may be a little tricky as you have to sift through pebbles, looking
for ones that are similar in size and thickness. This is to ensure that
you won’t have a lopsided surface. Use glue gun or super glue to stick
them onto the tile. You may even want to consider using grout.
- Buttons –
Another novel idea is to use buttons of different sizes and colors. These
make for fun and playful designs.
- Comics –
A throwback to your childhood, cut pages from your favourite books or
comics. But ruining a book is heartbreaking, so you may want to choose
instead cutting up the Sunday comics. Use modge podge to gently set the
paper onto the surface or use double sided tape. Complete the coaster by
applying a few coats of varnish. The acidity of the varnish may change the
colors a bit, but that’s ok. It adds a certain charm and character to the
Perfect – Immortalize your photos by transferring them unto coaster tiles.
Simply print your photos and glue them onto the surface. Use a thin layer
of modge podge so that they adhere better. Make the entire thing
waterproof by spraying a few layers of clear spray sealant.