DIY ART COASTERS

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I'm kind of embarrassed to say that (as a DIY fanatic) I have never used Mod Podge before. I hear about it a lot but I honestly didn't know what to do with it and just never bothered to try to learn about it. Then, one life changing moment occurred, I got a bottle of Mod Podge with my National DIY DAY Ambassador craft box! I was so excited that I ran to show my partner this bottle of Mod Podge. His reaction: I don't know what that is but I am happy that it makes you that happy. Indeed it did.

I did some quick research on Pinterest (of course) and learned Mod Podge is THE product to use for decoupage. I couldn't think of a project for it until one night when I realized Mother's Day is coming up and Grace doesn't have a present for her granny yet. Like me, Granny thinks all of Grace's artwork is amazing. (Check out the DIY art storage box I made to store all of her masterpieces.) As such, I decided to make granny some coasters out of Grace's artwork.

Materials:

1 or more pieces of artwork (depending on how big it is)

Wooden coasters (available at Michaels)

Paint brushes

Mod Podge

Paint

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1. Place your coasters on the artwork and mark them to cut to size. Tip: leave some areas for spare coasters in case you mess up. Always good to have a back up plan.

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2. Paint the coasters. You can paint them any color you want. You can even skip this step if you like the more natural look. Tip: sand the edges slightly before painting. I forgot but sanded after the paint dried which was fine too.

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3. Cut out the size of the coasters. If you are aiming for perfection (like me), cut it out and then use a paper cutter to get really straight cuts. Tip: cut the artwork a little smaller to get a nice boarder around the coaster.

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4. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the coaster and then glue the artwork on top of it. Try to smooth out all the bumps before adding a layer of Mod Podge on top of the artwork to seal it. Tip: If you can't get all the bumps out, don't worry, once it is dry, it kind of flattens out on it's own.

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5. Add cork or felt backs on the coasters to prevent scratching surfaces. That's it! An easy and chic present for Granny!

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