Friday, November 28, 2014

Ceramic Tile Coasters (Kid-Made Gift Series)

I'm so happy to have Veronica from His True Image blogging
here today for the latest in the Kid-Made Gift Series!  
Veronica blogs about the beauty of life with her husband of ten years and 
their three little ones.  She's a fellow fan of St. Josemaria Escriva, which automatically makes us kindred spirits!  
This was one of her posts that I particularly enjoyed :) 
After you're done checking out the project she and her kiddos did here, head 
over to her place and poke around!  
Welcome Veronica, and thank you for sharing your time and talents here!

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It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” 
-Bl. Mother Teresa

** Many thanks to Theresa for having me here at her wonderful blog and for giving me the opportunity to share some ideas for her Kid-Made Gift Series! **

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... shopping, that is.  And why not do a little shopping – and crafting – around your very own house?!  Christmas crafts are the best and a great opportunity for your kiddos to understand and experience the virtue of generosity!

We decided to make some lovely coasters.  Cute and functional – doesn't get much better than that! 

Here's what you need:
·       4 x 4 white ceramic tiles (found at Home Depot or Lowe's)
·       your favorite scrapbook paper (you can also use paper napkins or cotton material)
·       Mod Podge (any finish you'd like)
·       foam brushes
·       scissors
·       clear acrylic finish spray
·       adhesive felt circles

Since my kiddos' cutting skills aren't the best, I did the cutting for this project!  First, I traced the tile onto the scrapbook paper (I traced it 8 times since we made two sets!).  Next, I cut out the squares slightly smaller than what I had traced (i.e. If your tile is 4 x 4, then cut your paper into a 3.75 x 3.75 square).

Now, the fun part.  The kiddos spread Mod Podge all over each tile, as evenly as possible, and then placed the scrapbook paper squares on top of each tile.  Make sure to smooth out the paper as much as you can in case any air bubbles are visible.  Let the tiles dry about 20 minutes then add a layer of Mod Podge on top. 

 *Note: at this time my youngest decided waiting was way overrated and went to play while mom and big sister finished the gifts! *

Wait another 20-30 minutes for this to dry and apply another coat of Mod Podge on top.  We applied a total of 3 layers,  but you can do as many as you'd like.  We waited about an hour after the final coat and then took the tiles outside (or any other well ventilated area) and sprayed them with a clear acrylic finishing spray – 2 coats in total. 

Lastly, we placed four small adhesive felt circles on the bottom of each tile and voila!  Two beautiful sets of coasters for grandma and abuelita!

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other kid-made gifts in this series:

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I'm posting a different craft idea every week, so don't forget to check back for more...

1 comment:

  1. I super love this gift idea!! So easy and so customizable! Thanks for sharing.


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