Dec 4, 2008

vintage coasters as gifts

i have so many christmas gifts to make, i've decided to keep them real simple :) these 8 coasters are for my colleagues at work (proper work that is :) ). they are really simple to make, anyone can make them :) and i must thank julia at the spotted sparrow for giving me this simple, brilliant and pretty coaster idea. you must go check out her site... there are so many pretty handmade stuff there but her coasters are my favorite. she even has a tutorial on how to make them.

mine are basically just cut out micro fibre boards (i think they're called) and a bit of decoupage work of choice backgrounds and images. i finished them off with a little bit of antiquing by rubbing bits of brown paint on the edges. finally i sealed them with 3 coats of gloss varnish. i have all of a sudden developed a liking for gloss varnish! i usually just use the satin ones... hmmm...

i made all these in one night (see how simple it is?). i then let them sit for a day to thoroughly dry out before putting varnish on them.

tip : if you use ink jet printer to print your decoupage images, make sure you fix them with an ink jet fixative before doing decoupage with them. otherwise, the ink will smear.

p/s there's one particularly sinister coaster there... if you can spot it. i have quite concealed the 'sinister parts' of it ... just wanted to play a little friendly prank on one particular guy colleague :) hee hee...

images for the coasters are taken from vintage resources, a site where people share their collection of vintage images. thank you!

just wanted to show you how the base looks like :) try them... they are really fun to make :)
happy pimping! :)


  1. There's always something wonderful to be found her each day, I love your postings! Yes, I believe I found the sinister one, too cool!

  2. thanks sharon :) you always say the nicest things :))))) ooo... you found it! hehehe...

  3. Wow Luthien! So nice of you to share this and the link too. What a great post! Love how you did the coasters and I'm sure everyone who gets them will adore them. xxoo

  4. thank you carolyn :) you spoil me with all those praises :)))))) but thank you from the bottom of my heart... you are such an encouragement for me :) as for my colleagues... i wonder how long these will last in their hands!

  5. These are really lovely ... thanks for sharing! :)

  6. thank you rose :) it's so nice to hear from you :)

  7. Hi Luthien, I love these coasters! Nicely done. The sinister lady will be fun for your male colleague. I also loved your sun and moon paintings in a previous post. Just beautiful!
    ;D Tammy

  8. hello tammy!
    thanks for coming over :) and thanks for all the lovely comments :) yup... i'm just waiting to see his reaction :)))))

  9. Luthien,

    I just wanted to thank you for your sweet comments and prayers.

    You are a dear friend and I am so thankful for you.

    Love you.


  10. Luthien,

    I just love you. You are so sweet and wonderful.

    You know, I have LCIS. Well, the meds I'm on for that caused other complications, so I needed the nova-sure ablation surgery, which removed the lining of my uterus. So, now I am having pains from that. Ugh!!!

    But that is okay.

    I hope you are well.

    Love Melissa

  11. thank you julia :))))) and thank you for the lovely idea :))))))

  12. Luthien,

    You have my work e-mail address. I will be able to retrieve them tomorrow morning. I can't wait to see what you wrote.

    Love Melissa

  13. Beautiful coasters. Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving a nice comment.

  14. Thanks so much for your sweet comments! and these coasters are so so cute, thanks so much for sharing, what a fabulous idea for a gift!!

  15. thank you flor and cynthia :) lovely seeing you here :)))))


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