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! :)