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

by Edie Wadsworth on November 3, 2009

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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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** November 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

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

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2 jackie November 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Thank you so much for such a wonderful idea.

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3 Heidi November 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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. ;)

Thanks!

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4 Darby November 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm

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

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5 Kalleigh Hathaway November 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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!

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6 thepaperroSe November 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm

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

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7 Brenda@ **Dragonflys and Stars** November 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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.

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8 Amy November 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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!

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9 Ellie Mae's Cottage November 3, 2009 at 5:59 pm

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

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10 Sandy November 3, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Thanks for having me today, Edie!

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

Great series you have going — HUGS!

Sandy
Reluctant Entertainer

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11 Ruth November 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm

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

Thanks for another great post.

Ruth

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12 Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster November 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm

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

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13 Mandi Shandi November 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

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.

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14 Heather at All A Flutter November 3, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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!!

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15 Julie November 3, 2009 at 7:43 pm

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

Julie =)

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16 paige November 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm

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

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17 Kathy November 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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

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18 Ells November 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm

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

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19 Kristi November 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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. :)

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20 Rachel November 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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

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21 Kasey Hunt November 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Love it!! Thanks for the how to.

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22 Laurel November 4, 2009 at 12:37 am

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.

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23 Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish November 4, 2009 at 1:53 am

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

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24 Sherri S November 4, 2009 at 3:18 am

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.

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25 Sarah November 4, 2009 at 3:25 am

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

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26 jenjen November 4, 2009 at 4:08 am

Wonderful! I love this idea!

XOOX
Jen

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27 Traci November 4, 2009 at 7:04 am

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.

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28 cheri November 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm

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!

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29 Kellye@onemomswalk November 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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

Thank you so much for this series!!

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30 Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage November 4, 2009 at 5:49 pm

These are beautiful! Another one to try!

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31 Teresa November 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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

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32 Grammie/Mom November 6, 2009 at 12:56 am

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

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33 MLS November 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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

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34 Sturgmom November 17, 2009 at 12:49 am

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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