Monday, April 26, 2010

Initial Coasters (Almost a fail)

After thinking about it for a few days I decided the trivets & bowl didn't feel like enough to give my future sister-in-law for her shower. I wanted to do something a little more personal, something that would mean something to the both of them becoming a family.

Thankfully, I found the perfect napkins to make a set of coasters similar to the ones I made around the holidays.

  • Cocktail Napkins 
  • Tile (mine are from the same box I got before the holidays at the ReStore.)
  • Mod Podge (which I STILL cannot believe isn't called Modge Podge.)
  • Foam brush
  • Sealer/varnish
  • Cork sticker thingies to protect the table from the tile (not picture anywhere... sorry!!!)
Step one, wash the tile:

Open the napkin and decide what portion you are going to use:

Then trim it to the part you are going to use and remove the back layer if your napkin is more than one ply, which it likely is.

It turns out, mine were actually 3 ply - I didn't realize this for the 1st 3 coasters, but don't worry, I actually ruined my entire first set of these and when I remade them, I made sure to remove the 2 back layers rather than just 1... more on my mistakes later.

Apply a gob of mod podge to the tile and spread it out:

Then apply your napkin to the top of the tile and coat with mod podge.

Now in the above picture, you can start to see where this project was going wrong... see how the edge of the napkin is visible all the way around? That happened for 2 reasons, first, the area I wanted to show was smaller than my napkin and second, because I didn't remove the 2nd of the 3 ply napkin.

To deal with that I made my third mistake (I was on a roll, why stop at 2 mistakes...) I applied the boarder of the napkins to the tile.

But because of the irregular edge of my tile, the perfect line of the stripes, and how hard it can be to perfectly place this light weight napkin on the tile... we ended up with this:

Ughhhh... that is not the look I was going for.

Thankfully, I started them early enough to start over... and in doing so, I removed that 2nd ply - which meant that once the mod podge was applied over the napkin, then the sealer... the edge of the napkin completely disappeared. All I had to do was apply the cork think to the back to protect surfaces from the course tile and they were good to go!

There... THAT is the look I was going for. Very simple, elegant...

I like them so much, I just might make a set for us.


  1. I've seen this type of project before but it was usually with scrapbook paper. I never thought of using cocktail napkins. Love the design!

    - Megan

  2. Love these!!!! I am glad I am not the only one who wants to call it modge podge!!!!!! LOL

  3. I love this...I've wanted monogram tiles but wasn't sure how to do it with stamps. Gonna save this!

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [27 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. Love these! The monogram napkins you found are too cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. They turned out great. I have had a few mistakes lately. Hate it when that happens!

  7. This is a great project...especially if you happen to have leftover tiles lying around. I see those napkins at Homegoods all the time. This would make a really lovely gift - I'll have to remember this for Christmas! Thanks!

  8. Wow. A napkin of all things! So cool. I'm going shopping for tiles and napkins with a new outlook. :)

    Beautiful outcome!

  9. What a fun idea to use napkins! I love those B's!

  10. Great project and a super gift idea! I will be keeping an eye out for the perfect napkins now. Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired today.


  11. Nice post on a really great personalized gift. I'd love for you to share this on Modern Craftswoman Monday. Please stop by. Rory

  12. Love this idea and I call it modge podge all the time. I found you from your recent post on my blog, thank you and I am now a new follower! I just started my blog, as you could tell and am hoping I get the hang of it.

  13. I am featuring this post on my blog tomorrow morning!

  14. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a package of those same napkins I picked up and keep forgetting to I think I'll make coasters for upcoming birthday gifts! PS. I found you through mad in Crafts :)


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