12 Days of Handmade Christmas Tutorials:: Day 3 {Coasters}

Thanks so much to my friend, The Nester, for her great tutorial and for the way she graciously shares herself and her gifts with others. Day 1 and Day 2 were a huge success and I can tell by my emails and comments that you’re busy already crafting away.
I’m so excited about ‘Day 3′ and Sandy’s Coasters. I met Sandy {from 4 Reluctant Entertainers} last year at Blissdom. She is beautiful and gracious and I know you’ll love her tips on how to become a welcoming hostess. Her posts make me wanna invite people over, make delicious food, and set a gorgeous table. The coasters project she is showing us today would be so fun to do with kids. And if mine weren’t sick and whiny , I’d probably start today. Instead, I’ve propped them up in the craft studio, with blankets and pillows and tissues handy, and in between fetching them drinks and Halloween candy, I’m sewing up the cutest-somewhat-Christmas-y-tote {to be shown later}. So, make Sandy welcome and visit her blog for oodles of holiday entertaining ideas.

Last year when I invited my Balcony Girls into my home, our craft for the day was to make coasters for the holidays. I even got in on the fun myself, and made of list of which friends to give to at Christmas.
So when Edie asked if I’d share with her readers, I was delighted because the process is so easy! And I found that my friends who received these gifts loved them!

The craft began as we created stamped coasters.

Using these supplies:
3 ¾” x 3 ¾” unglazed tiles
Rubber stamps and ink pads
Felt or cork (sticky sided)
Spray fixative/varnish
The cost per tile was 32 cents from Lowes. Each girl made “4″ coasters!
We made fun designs

Spraying, drying and putting 4 felt squares on the bottom

All tied up, ready to give away!

I asked my Balcony Girls girls to think of grandparents, teachers, music teachers, a neighbor – to keep in mind who they’d want to give this gift to at Christmas!
What I love about homemade gifts is the love that goes into them. And when you’re working with young girls, they take the task at hand so seriously!
Giving is a beautiful thing. And that is why I love the holiday so much. Not only do we get to focus on the Giver of Life, it’s just way more fun to give than to receive!

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  • Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** says:

    I just found your blog at a Soft Place to Land! Love the Handmade Christmas Tutorials! Thanks! :) I am now a follower.

  • jackie says:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful idea.

  • Heidi says:

    What a fabulous idea! I think my four year old could help with this and it would make a great gift for his teacher to make it more personal and actually from him AND she may actually use it. ;)


  • Darby says:

    My girls would love this project!!! I'm storing it away for a rainy day!!

  • Kalleigh Hathaway says:

    I LOVE these! Affordable and easy even for small hands. As a quilter I don't often come up with many ideas that my son can make but this is awesome! Thank you!

  • thepaperroSe says:

    loved the coaster idea! definitely will be trying those. enjoy visiting your site. you have a beautiful family

  • Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** says:

    I posted a link about your blog and tutorial on my blog. I used a couple of pictures. Let me know if it is okay or you want me to change or delete.

  • Amy says:

    I love this gift idea and have been looking for a coaster tutorial for sometime. It's not time intensive either! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Ellie Mae's Cottage says:

    Another easy, fun, and great idea! Thanks for sharing these! -Jackie

  • Sandy says:

    Thanks for having me today, Edie!

    Love your place – it's so cozy and welcoming.

    Great series you have going — HUGS!

    Reluctant Entertainer

  • Ruth says:

    I love this idea. It couldn't be easier and more fun.

    Thanks for another great post.


  • Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster says:

    So clever!
    What a great gift this will be for the kids to make for teachers, aunts and uncles etc.

  • Mandi Shandi says:

    I love Sandy's blog. I've followed it for quite a while. You are right about her too, she just makes you want to cook and have people over. Love these coasters! I am gonna put these in the idea file for the boys Christmas presents. They love to craft, and I bet their teachers would love receiving them.

  • Heather at All A Flutter says:

    I love these! I'm definitely going to make some with my 5 year old to give as gifts this year!!

    And I love finding new fabulous blogs!
    Thanks for sharing Sandy with us!!

  • Julie says:

    These are great! What a wonderful idea! I think I will make some of these for some friends this year.

    Julie =)

  • paige says:

    12 days of handmade christmas goodies tutorials…too good to be true!

  • Kathy says:

    OH WOW!!! I think that *I* may actually be able to DO this craft!!! WOO HOO!!!!

  • Ells says:

    amazing and wonderful.. can't wait to try my hand!

  • Kristi says:

    I love this idea! I tried these earlier this year, but not with success. I first had no sealant, just 'permanent ink.' Permanent really isn't permanent on tile when they are constantly wet with sweaty glasses. Then I tried Mod Podge…that didn't work either. I'm anxious to 'wipe the slates clean' and start over with the spray sealants. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the tutorials! Keep them coming! Sorry the girls are poorly, but enjoy your craft day with them by your side. :)

  • Rachel says:

    I love this! I am totally going to make these for a Christmas gift for someone!

  • Kasey Hunt says:

    Love it!! Thanks for the how to.

  • Laurel says:

    Love the stamp idea!! I have made similar coasters with quotes I love printed up on computer paper and mod-podged on the same tiles. I've also seen the idea of taking black and white photo's, copying them onto paper and mod-podging those. That would be a great personalized gift. Just some more ideas on the same subject.

  • Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    This is so cute and clever! Adding to the holiday project list!!

  • Sherri S says:

    These are REALLY easy, simple and fun. I made them for family and friends last year. I do suggest StazOn ink (you can find it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels). It is a more permanent ink.

  • Sarah says:

    Beautifully written! I can't wait to give these a try. God's blessings! Sarah :D

  • jenjen says:

    Wonderful! I love this idea!


  • Traci says:

    I'm loving all the tutorials, but I feel like this one is the one that I'll be the most successful at tackling.. perhaps because of my great stash of stamps and ink.

  • cheri says:

    This is something I will try with my sister and niece and/or sister and nephew and/or daughters-in-law.

    Thanks for the great idea!

    Get well soon, girls!

  • Kellye@onemomswalk says:

    LOVE IT!!! What a cute gift for teachers! Hello!! Perfect!!

    Thank you so much for this series!!

  • Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says:

    These are beautiful! Another one to try!

  • Teresa says:

    I love these, great Christmas presents. I also by the way love your Kitchen redo, absolutely magnificient.

  • Grammie/Mom says:

    Great idea. I could do this! I have stamps left over from my cardmaking days. Now, just to find them.

  • MLS says:

    I am totally going to do this for Christmas gifts! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Sturgmom says:

    Just found this blog- so cute!! I love all the craft ideas!

    Can someone be more specific about the sealant? I already started making some and sealed them w/ mod podge, but it sounds like I'm going to need something else…?

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