Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to make your own coasters


Making your own coaster is easier than making your own paella. To be used for your home or as gifts for friends, coasters are an easy and fun DIY project that you can finish in a matter of hours. And you can purchase everything you need from home depot, the craft store or you can even find them possibly in your home. 

For this coaster, we will be using old photos, but feel free to substitute with any picture you like. Let’s get started. 

First, here are the items you will need:
Craft Knife
Glue
4” inch tile (this will be your base)
Paint brush
Scrapbook paper/photos
2 disposable cups
Stirring sticks
Epoxy Pour-on high gloss resin (to make it waterproof)
Felt

First thing you need to do is to cut out the photos depending on the size of your desired coaster. Take into consideration that its size must not be more than that of the tile. Turn your paper/photo upside down and smear glue all over it using the paint brush. Make sure that there are no clumps of glue. Then place it on top of your tile. Gently flatten and remove any air bubbles with a straight edge..  

Next, once the photo is completely flat and dry, place a thin layer of glue on top of your paper/photo. Let it dry overnight. This will help keep the resin from destroying the paper. Before you spread resin on the tile, make sure that you do this next step near an open window as the fumes may become overwhelming. 

Place the bottles of your resin in a bath of hot water. While it soaks, cover the edges of your tiles with adhesive tape to help prevent drip problems later. Make lines on a disposable cup so that it will serve as your measuring cup. Pour the resin into the measuring cup and stir it. Follow the instructions to ensure a useable resin. 

Once the resin is prepared, pour it onto your tile. Use a piece of cardboard to help spread it all over the surface. Leave it to dry for 30 minutes before pouring another layer, if necessary. Lastly, remove the adhesive tape and place a piece of felt paper on the bottom of your coaster to give it a nice grip. 

Enjoy!


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