If you stayed with anyone of the holidays, why not send them a quick little gift along with your thank your note? I sent my father-in-law a set of coasters a couple of years ago as a gift, and he has since asked me to make more so he could give these thoughtful, handy, pretty little gifts. When he and his girlfriend visited a long-time friend of his for New Years, he asked if I would make and send a set down to them.
What I love about making coasters for people after visiting them is that you can coordinate the coasters to a room in their house or use theme that depicts something special about your visit. My father-in-law gave me the adjectives dark, neutrals, greens, and plants to describe their hosts' home. Keeping those vague details in mind, I chose this Mariposa mat paper because it met the criteria and had depth.
I'm sure you've seen the tutorials on how to make these already, but in case you haven't, it's soooo simple and inexpensive.
4x4 bath tiles
sponge brush (like this)
clear acrylic gloss spray (like this one)
cork liner (like this, optional)
tiny felt pads (like this)
- Trim paper to the size of the time. I fussy cut my paper.
- Brush on a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile with the sponge brush. Apply paper on top. Brush on another layer of Mod Podge.
- I use my fingers at this point to smooth out the bubbles and make sure the paper is pressed down all over, paying special attention to the edges.
- Allow to dry for a few hours. Then spray a layer of the clear acrylic gloss on top.
- I do this next step to make the underside pretty and to keep it from scratching a surface. You don't have to do this though. When the acrylic is dry, trim the cork liner to the size of the tile. Stick onto the underside of the tile.
- Apply a felt pad to all four corners of the time, and your done!
When I ship these, I wrap them individually with brown shipping paper and tie all four together with string...Brown paper packages tied up with string.... Then I wrap that little package up in bubble paper and ship in a flat rate box because they're heavy.
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