Handmade Tile Coasters from Party Napkins

I first found this adorable craft from Traci over at Beneath My Heart… LOVE her site and amazing projects!

While I thought these Santa napkin coasters were absolutely adorable and cheap to create, I just couldn’t find time to create them before the holidays. So I decided to make an everyday version once the chaos of Christmas passed!

First I gathered my supplies: cocktail napkins on clearance from Target, square ceramic tiles from Lowe’s, Mod Podge, foam brushes, Minwax polycrylic and some protective casters for the bottom of the coasters.

First thing I did was measure the napkins to the top of the tiles and cut them down to size. I tried to keep the paper napkin about 1/8″ away from the edges.

Next I used a foam brush to put a light coating of Mod Podge over the single layer of the paper napkin.

I used my fingers to press down the bubbles once the entire tile was covered in Mod Podge. I decided to use this method since the napkin was very fragile and I didn’t want it to tear or become misshapen from overusing the foam brush.

I set the tile coaster aside for about 30 minutes to let it dry. Once it was ready to rock, I finished it off with a quick coat of Minwax polycrylic protective finish.

To make sure the bottom of the ceramic tiles wouldn’t scratch my tables, I used some Magic Sliders surface protectors (check out Traci’s method, too!).

And that’s it! Since I only had to purchase the ceramic tiles and the napkins I found on clearance, a brand new set of 8 handmade coasters only cost me about $4!

I love that these match my decor, plus I still have tons of leftover napkins that match perfectly! I think it’s time for a cocktail party so we can Eat, Drink & Laugh!

It’s the Little Things in Life that Make Me Smile

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I’m taking it easy this week enjoying some family time but thought I’d pop in to say hello!

While I’ll share my some more from the holiday weekend tomorrow, here’s a little gift I just had to share.

My hubby knows that I’m obsessed with a little antique store down the street and unfortunately they’re going out of business in January. He popped in to find something special for me and came across this vintage necklace…

It says: artist /årt-ést, A person skliled in one of the arts, such as painting, music or writing.

And here’s the back side…

QUEEN of ART. I must make art, or throw a hissy fit.

HA! Classic me, Totally love that my hubby can give me this wonderful tongue and cheek gift. I’m not the type of girl who wears diamonds or jewelry everyday, but I can DEFINITELY see myself sporting this wonderful vintage-style necklace!

Yep, it’s the little things that make me happy in life :)

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL Christmas and got to spend some much needed time with family and loved ones!