Last year, I bought some coasters from a vendor at Eastern Market. She made the coasters out of tile and vintage Washington, D.C. postcards. They are so sturdy & beautiful - I love using them in our family room. I thought it would be fun to make something similar, but using maps!
I picked up this D.C. map while I was out running errands. When I got home, I found my husband's stash of maps in his desk - SCORE! I would love to get my hands on some vintage maps for future coasters!
4 x 4 tiles (I got mine at Home Depot!)
Modge Podge (Paper)
sheets of cork
craft sealer sprayFirst, I chose the section of the map that I wanted to cover the coasters. I wanted the four coasters to fit together, like a puzzle. Make sense?!
I laid out my four coasters in a square and traced (with a pencil) the outline of my square & I cut that out. Then, still using the coasters, I traced each square & started to cut them out individually.
Here are the four map pieces, ready to Modge Podge...see, they make a matching set!:)
Start decoupaging, one by one...
My Decoupage Tips:
*thinner coats work better - don't goop it on!
*go slowly & have patience!
*have a wet paper towel on hand to wipe up the excess
*once dry, you can use sandpaper to sand imperfections around the edges!
Let them dry in between coats...I did a total of 5!
After they dried, I attached 4x4 pieces of cork to the bottom of the coasters, using the adhesive spray. You can also use felt, but I like the look of cork better. And finally, I sprayed a craft gloss finish on the top of the coasters to make sure everything was sealed!
*I gave you readers a little guide in this pic as to what you are looking at,
since the picture isn't clear enough!
My vino & new coaster:
B's Pale Ale & new coaster:
The perfect pair!
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