Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Beer Me

These are safe to post since none of our guy friends have even the least amount of interest in reading my craft blog. :)

I don't know about you, but it is a lot harder for me to come up with great handmade gifts for the men on our Christmas list than the women. I was about ready to give in and just buy something for the guys when I had a revelation the other day. I spotted this tutorial (want to make some for our house now) on One Pretty Thing and it got me thinking...and after running through several different variations I came up with the idea for beer coasters (using the tried and true ceramic tile+Mod Podge method...the tiles were only 16 cents each at Home Depot!). I backed the tiles with felt squares using Tacky glue.

Even my husband said they were cool so I definitely have a winner with these.

Tip: I would use matte finish Mod Podge on these if you make them. I used glossy on some and matte on others but the matte was much better as the felt backing didn't want to stick to the others when stacked.

And, of course, I couldn't stop there so I made a couple of other variations based on friends' particular interests. My sewing table is now a coaster making assembly line. And I love it. Hopefully, the guys will, too.

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  1. ah! I might have to make these for my brother, another trip to the craft store!!!!

  2. Where did you find those awesome graphics?

  3. Thanks! Regarding the images, I did a google image search for "vintage beer ads." I don't have any copyrights for them but since they were gifts and not sold I think I'm fine. Flick is also a great resource for finding images.

  4. I love them! These are going in my inspiration folder!!

  5. Super cute!! Have you had any problems with the Mod Podge when it gets wet? I've seen come blogs that say to spray the coasters with a clear acrylic sealer so they are water-resistant... what do you think?

  6. Hi, I would love to learn how to make these beer coasters. My boyfriend is a beer connoisseur. My anniversary is on 11/6th. I've surfed to get ideas for days and so glad i stumbled across your page. i know he would love these more than anything else money can buy. Please show me how to do it. I've never done a craft project ever.thank you so very much.


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