What Do You Get When You Cross A Paper Napkin With Decoupage? Spring Chickens…


Are you like me?  Do you go into quaint little boutiques and ooh and ah over everything but then leave without spending a dime?   I bet those shop owners just love to see people like us walk in the door.  But seriously, how can a girl who loves to shop at second hand stores ever in her right mind spend a wad of money on cute little home décor items that she knows she can make herself for pennies?

This project will require you to search out a few inexpensive items but I think you’ll have fun doing so.

First, you will need small piece of wood.  I used a 5 1/2” x 4 1/2” piece of pine (3/4” thick).  You will also need a fun or pretty paper napkin.   I happened to have these  funky chicken napkins on hand that I absolutely love.  You will also need a small bottle of acrylic paint (I used ivory) and a small paint brush,  a piece of fine grit sandpaper, a pair of scissors, and  bottle of Mod Podge

Paint the front side of your piece of wood with your paint and let it dry.  Once the front side is dry, paint the back side and edges.  Remember to rinse your paintbrush because you will need it later in the project. When all paint has completely dried, lightly sand the edges with the small piece of sandpaper to give it a weathered look.

Cut out the portion of the napkin that you want to use for your project.  I cut the napkin and then separate the layers once I’m done cutting.  This makes it easier. 

With that previously rinsed out paint brush, now apply a coat of Mod Podge on the front of your painted piece of wood.  Carefully lay the colorful top piece of your cut out napkin in place and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over it.  I like to use a slightly wet brush while doing this so I keep a little dish of water nearby.  You have to be very careful not to over wet the brush though. I work the bubbles out with the brush and I go.   Once the first layer of Mod Podge has been applied let it dry thoroughly.  Proceed to apply three more coats (drying completely) between each application.

This particular project can be displayed on a table, shelf, or window sill.  And if you’re looking for a piece of inexpensive wall art just add a small picture hanger on the back and there you have it!

Imagine the possibilities.  Monogramed letters, quotes, shabby chic floral designs, and yes, funky spring chickens!

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A Joy of Caking DIY Project –Happy Hour Coasters

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I decided to make some trendy coasters for  gatherings where cocktails just might be served.  Once I made these coasters I decided this would be a great DIY project to share with all of you.  As most of TJOC DIY projects are; this project is fun, inexpensive and simple to make.  You will need to break out your Mod Podge though! 

Fun fact; I just found out that Mod Podge  was created in 1967.  That makes it a couple years younger than I am.   Jeez, I really hate to admit that…  I guess that’s why I feel like Mod Podge is a retro kinda thing.

I found my inspiration to make these coasters from two crafty bloggers,  Sarah at DIY or Don’t and Sandra at The White Library.  Sarah opted to use decorative craft paper to make her coasters, while Sandra opted to use a stamp.   I love both techniques but I decided to use paper for my first project since the tiles I had on hand were glossy and would have made stamping impossible.

For this project you will need:

4”x4” ceramic tiles (I used white and off-white tiles.)

Mod Podge

Foam brush

Hot glue gun

Scissors/Xacto knife

Decorative craft paper of your choice (Also can use photo’s wrapping paper, etc.)

Foam, cork, or felt

Clear lacquer spray

The 4’’x4” tiles,  lacquer spray, and foam brush can all be found at your local Home Depot or Lowes.

As far as the other supplies go, you will  need to visit  your local craft store.

Steps to make these coasters:

1.)  Cut out decorative craft paper, pictures, or images that you wish to use on the face of your tiles.  (I cut each drink glass out individually.)

2.)  Working with one tile at a time, use your foam brush and lightly coat the top of the tile with Mod Podge. 

3).  Place the image or piece of paper you selected on the tile that has been coated with Mod Podge.  *Keep in mind that once the paper is applied to the coated tile it cannot be moved.   Carefully smooth out any air bubbles under the paper.

4.)   Allow 1st coat of Mod Podge to dry completely before applying 2nd and 3rd  coats.  *Always allow full drying between coats.

5.)   Cut out foam, cork, or felt; set aside

6.)   Spray each tile with the 1st coat of lacquer spray; allow to dry completely.

7.)   Apply 2 more coats of lacquer.  *Always allow full drying between coats.

8.)   Glue your choice of foam, cork, or felt to the bottom of each tile.

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With  coasters like these there is no need to worry the your good furniture getting ruined from wet glasses.  Goodbye water rings!

I imagine you could go crazy with Mod Podge and tiles if you wanted to.  I can envision coasters being made for the holidays, family reunions with old photo’s, party or wedding favors, and the list goes on and on.

Go ahead and let some of that creativity you’ve been bottling up out!

Can’t get enough DIY projects?  Head over to Mike and Molly’s House for this week’s Show & Tell!