Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pay It Forward 2011 Project 2

I just finished my second 2011 Pay It Forward project.  This one is for my friend Victoria.  She admired the coasters that I'd made in ceramics, but the bottoms aren't very flat, so I didn't consider them of good enough quality to give away.  Besides, I have to admit, it's one of the times I was making something for me.  My little boys use them all the time.

BUT-- I knew she had an interest in coasters.  I also know that she's an extreme Alabama fan.  So I decided to make her some Alabama coasters.

There are a LOT of websites out there with instructions on how to turn tiles into coasters.

The difference between theirs and mine is that I got the 4 1/4" tile squares (because they had a smoother edge than the 4" ones.  I didn't like the way those felt in my hand.)  At Lowes, they were 36 cents a piece.  And I also got contact paper cork which made it -really- easy to apply to the bottom.

I used my Adobe Illustrator to create my design. 
Then cut them out and applied the modgepodge to the tile.  Smoothed the paper design on top and let it dry for 20 minutes, just like both of the above websites advise.
Then I applied the first coat on top to seal.
Close up while the modgepodge is drying.  Then I added a second coat in the cross direction.
Then I cut out my contact cork in 4" squares to apply to the back.
A quick seal with spray sealant and time to dry after putting the cork on the bottoms, and Viola!  Crimson Tide coasters are all done.
Since Victoria is local, I'm going to see if I can just hand deliver them to her within the week (:

I hope she likes them!

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