Giant Coasters

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ever since Brandi made these cute coasters  I've been dying to make a few of my own. Now that we have so many wood surfaces I figured I'd better get to it. I went to The Home Depot and bought a few tiles.  I thought the 4x4 tiles were a little dainty so I bought 6x6 tiles. They are HUGE.

I figured if I was going to go through all of the trouble of making coasters with pretty images I didn't want what ever was placed upon them to completely cover up my hard work... ha.I made two different sets. One using wrapping paper that I bought from Marshalls.

The other set was made using images from The Graphics Fairy and images purchased from Etsy.

I antiqued the wrapping paper with walnut ink and tea stain ink to give it the look of aged leather, then I brushed on three coats of poly and glued cork to the backs.

I traced around the tiles and cut out the images a little wider than the tiles, then glued them to the front of the tiles, once the glue dried I trimmed the images to the exact size of the tile. I did the same with the cork.

The dress form image and teapot are from The Graphics Fairy

I purchased the typewriter image, French script background and birds nest from Etsy. First I printed the French script and then I ran it back through the printer and printed the dress form and the other images on top of the French script. After the images were glued to the tiles I inked the edges with a black stamp pad.

 I ran out of cork for the backs so I used some extra rug pad that I had lying around. I just traced around the pad and glued it to the backs of the tile, same as the cork. Now I have cute coasters that are large enough to hold a drink,

Or a large bowl of homemade butternut squash soup,

Thanks to Brandi for the inspiration for these coasters and thanks to all of you who take the time to visit and leave such kind comments. I'll  be linking up with these great ladies this week,

                                                       Savvy Southern Style

                                                      Ivy and Elephants

                                                      French Country Cottage

                                                     My Romantic Home

                                                    Craftberry Bush

                                                    Thoughts From Alice


  1. Those are really, really cute,Karen. I love it when we try something and it turns out great! That project sure did! xo Diana

  2. Very pretty, Karen! I love the papers/images you used to cover the tiles.

  3. Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate every one of them!
    I love these coasters! I use them all the time . . . and love the postage looking one. So clever!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a great week,

  4. Great job on the coasters!...they are beautiful...and love the idea of using the rug pad for the underside of the coaster!...Just love Karen's (Graphics Fairy) beautiful graphics!

  5. Ooh, do I love your coasters! You chose beautiful papers.

  6. I love these! The papers you chose are perfect!

  7. These are just gorgeous, love how you think out of the box!

  8. I love this idea. How clever and fun. The possibilities are endless with these.

    Thanks for sharing,


  9. Very cute - I love your selection of papers and images. The size is perfect. xo Karen

  10. Love this creative idea! They turned out so pretty!

  11. What a fun project, I love all the vintage looking images! :)

  12. Karen you are so sweet to link to my blog. I'm so sorry I'm just getting around to visit you. The last few weeks have been so busy. I missed seeing what my blogging friends were up to and decided to set aside today as catch up day. I love your coasters. Marshall's is a great place for wrapping paper, isn't it. I love their selection. I have a few Graphics Fairy prints in my home and had the pleasure of meeting Karen at a blog conference. She was so sweet. Thank you again, my friend!

  13. I love this project! The coasters look great and I will get some time to have a go myself. Take care.

  14. How very clever Karen and l love how you've printed one image over another, what a great idea.....Would love to chowing down on that pumpkin soup right now it looks delish.

  15. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mío, esta semana seguro que muchos de vosotros no resistiríamos la tentación de comerse un buen puñado de castañas calentitas. Pero sabeu cuál es el origen de esta fiesta? ¿Por qué, año tras año, cuando llega el otoño, nos gusta reunirnos con la familia o con los amigos para tostar las castañas y comérnoslas juntos y por eso adornamos la casa. Os explicare algunas razones y cómo decorar el hogar para esta ocasion, Deseo que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.

  16. These are fantastic! Such a great idea using the larger tiles and love how you inked the edges--really finishes those off nicely. Also love the idea of the rug backing as it's less expensive than the cork. I just bought a pkg at the dollar store that was 20x20 and would easily make a set of these.


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