DIY City Map Coasters

Monday, October 14, 2013

Below is a post that I did for Baller Hardware's Home Improvement Blog.  I apologize for the poor quality of the photos- that will definitely be the last time I do a project in my office!

Today we are making some adorable drink coasters.  These are extremely easy to make and would be a great gift for any world traveler. The best part is that they are totally customizable- you can use any map you find to personalize them to your liking.

You'll need:
  • 4 untextured tiles (rectangular or hexagonal)
  • City Map (we used this Paris Monument map that's available at Baller Artware)
  • Mod Podge
  • Cheap paintbrush or foam brush
  • Self-adhering felt pads

Remove any dirt from the surface of the tiles by wiping with a damp, lint-free rag.  Dry thoroughly.

Place your tiles face-down on the map and trace the areas you want to use.  Cut out the shapes 1/16 inch inside your traced lines so that the cutouts are just slightly smaller than the surfaces of the tiles.

Paint a thin layer of mod podge on the cutout and adhere to the smooth side of the tile.  Using the handle of your paintbrush, gently smooth over the surface of the cutout to remove any air bubbles.

 Once the cutout is adhered to the tile paint an even layer of mod podge over the top of the cutout, paying special attention to the edges.  Paint in one direction only.  Allow to dry for 1 hour, then repeat.  Allow to dry for 12 hours.

Once the tiles are completely dry adhere a felt pad to each corner.

These are waterproof and can be washed with water and a gentle dish washing liquid.  Enjoy your new coasters! 

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