Note – I am not going into detail about all the steps here. For full detailed instructions on making coasters, including troubleshooting info, visit my map coaster tutorial.
I know the best way to make coastersand I had all sorts of book pieces lying around. First up – some Harry Potter coasters for my sister-in-law. I love Harry Potter, but they really love Harry Potter over at their house. My niece got a Harry Potter-themed room when she was born!
The steps here are exactly the same as I followed when I made the map coasters. I took the leftover Harry Potter pages and picked eight favorites. I still have a bunch of coasters that I got at the dollar bin at Michaels.
I cut out circles and Mod Podged them to the coasters. I used a couple layers of Hard Coat Mod Podge to seal them. Guess what I discovered? When you seal book pages with Mod Podge there are no streaks! These turned out prettier than my map coasters!
I sprayed them with my clear spray paint to seal and totally waterproof them. After they dried, I added a pretty ribbon and wrapped them up. Then I wondered if I needed more coasters at home because these were seriously cool.
Seriously, how many coasters do you pick up and get read about when Harry Potter first learned to fly a broom?
The theme was “Earth.” This was too perfect because I was designing for Danielle, who is very big on using eco-friendly materials. I was determined to use only what I had in my stash and better yet – I didn’t use anything that was ever purchased new.
I picked up pieces of magazines I had been saving and picked a page from a leftover book from The Book Project (my massive book wall art project).
I decided it would be even cooler if I sent a postcard. I used a 5×7″ piece of chipboard that came with a Snapfish photo order.
I tore strips from the magazine and book pages, hoping for a raw sort of look. I glued everything down to one side of the card. I used a black pen to add some text that I thought was really neat.
I decided not to Mod Podge or seal the top. First, Mod Podge doesn’t do well on glossy paper (it beads up). Second, I actually wanted the card to get distressed going through the mail.
I kept the front really plain and glued a picture of the Earth that I cut out of a museum brochure.
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