Monday, December 4, 2017

Handmade Gifts: Brushed Gold Geometric Tile Coasters


Like all makers, I'm sure you're in full fledged Handmade Gift mode. This is actually one that wasn't  on my list but which I was thrilled to make. Here's why.  

When my son came home for Thanksgiving, he was telling us about a party he and his roommate had thrown just before. Last year, I'd made and given him a set of coasters and he'd used them for the party but nicest of all, one of his guests wanted to know where he'd gotten them. "Um , my mom made them". Awww! She really liked them and I was so honored that of course I had to make a set for her! 

Supplies: 
  • Ceramic Tiles . I got mine at Lowes for $.16 ea ( and a weird look from the Lowes guy when he asked if I was replacing tiles and I told him I was making coasters)
  • Vinyl / Foil. I used Cricut Brushed Gold Adhesive Foil
  • Die Cutter or Digital Cutter. I used my CAMEO 3 ( yep I use Cricut stuff on my Silhouette Cameo. I'm a riddle wrapped in an enigma). 
  • Images to cut. Mine came from Silhouette Online Store
  • Aluminum Tape
  • Vinyl Bumpers ( Clear self adhesive dots to put on the bottom of the coasters)



Clean your tiles with rubbing alcohol to make sure you remove all the warehouse dust and fingerprint oils etc. 

Choose, cut and weed the images you want to apply. I wanted to do a coordinated set so I went with varying geometric images. I used a couple of the same ones I'd used for my son's, but I added the heart for the ones I made for his friend. 


I went with three images and made two of each.  Using transfer tape, apply the images to your tiles. 




To finish, I wrapped adhesive aluminum tape ( I bought a huge roll of this at a stamp show years ago but I believe it's from the electrical aisle of the HW store so your Lowes guy can look at you funny too!)


Finally, I put clear vinyl bumpers ( the kind you use to prevent cabinet doors from slamming) on the bottoms since I wasn't finishing the bottoms with cork or felt which are a couple of ways I've seen people complete these. 

Easy peasy and inexpensive gift that's pretty and functional. Can'tbeat that.


2 comments:

Our Hopeful Home said...

I love these! They're very sophisticated and look very high end! Your talent shines once again my friend:) xo Kathleen

Jillian Herrmann said...

Love these! My sis in law made a similar project where she helped our nieces paint on tiles to create coasters. I love your take, too. I'm a huge gold/shimmer/sparkle fan. The geometric designs you chose work great together. Glad I found your blog over at the Ravenwould wed link! Cheers Jillian @sunnyinsaintolaf.com