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

  2. 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. 😉


  3. 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!

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. Thanks for having me today, Edie!

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

    Great series you have going — HUGS!

    Reluctant Entertainer

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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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