Sunday, January 3, 2016

Just don't make a coaster, personalize it!



Of course everyone loves receiving a handmade gift, because the friend took the time to make them something special. But why not really personalize the gift and make it even more special? As I did with these personalized coasters I made years ago, way before this blog was a twinkle in my eye! Please excuse the photo quality. If I had known I would develop a blog three years later, I would have taken better quality pictures! 

I really thought about the person and what makes them special. One friend's likes everything having to do with birds! 

Coaster with bird design
Coaster with bird design
I thought about the colors they liked. 

Coaster design with pinks
Coaster design with pinks

Bet you can't guess what this friend does for a living? 

Coaster with "Nurses know where to stick it!" words
Coaster with "Nurses know where to stick it!" words

I made this coaster for a friend from his band logo.

Coaster made with band logo
Coaster made with band logo
Another friend had just decorated her classroom space with precious fabric. I took a picture of the fabric and printed out a square! 

Coaster design from fabric
Coaster design from fabric

These are easy to make! I used different scrapbook paper. If I wanted to print a design or print an initial on the paper, etc., then I would make the design in Microsoft Word on my computer. I created a text box smaller than 4"x4," the size of the blank, glossy tile. After making the design, I printed it on the scrapbook paper and cut it out using a paper cutter. I added several layers of Mod Podge, being sure to dry well between the layers. 

This photograph does not do this coaster justice. I like this one because of the layers and the colors. 

Coaster design with L in Heart
Coaster design with L in Heart

I also stacked scrapbook papers together to make a design.

Coaster design with layers of scrapbook paper
Coaster design with layers of scrapbook paper

Coaster design with scrapbook paper layers
Coaster design with scrapbook paper layers

I purchased felt backing with adhesive from my local hardware store and cut the felt to fit the tile. 

Felt backing for coasters
Felt backing for coasters
For friends who really love their sports team and their alma mater.  

Coaster design representing a sports team
Coaster design representing a sports team

And, of course, my husband had to receive one....War Eagle! 

Coaster design with Auburn logo
Coaster design with Auburn logo

I think my friends really liked the personalized coasters I made for them so many years ago, because I still see them being used on their desks or in their homes. It makes me smile! And, isn't that what it's all about? 

I don't have photographs of all my designs, but here are a few others.

Coaster design for Bon-bon
Coaster design for Bon-bon
Coaster design for office mate
Coaster design for office mate
Coaster with colorful T
Coaster with colorful T

Coaster design bringing music to my ears
Coaster design bringing music to my ears

Coaster design for a special Aunt
Coaster design for a special aunt

Coaster design with scripted letters
Coaster design with scripted letters

Keeping surfing, pinning and creating! 


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