November 9, 2011

DIY: Coasters and Bookmarks From Samples or Old Christmas Cards

I'm a sucker for cute things and I don't want them to go to waste if possible, so most of the time, I try to find ways to re-purpose seemingly useless but cute items that obviously belong to the trash or the recycle bins. Recently, I was invited to attend a TinyPrint party and received sample holiday cards which are unusable for personal use but too cute to simply surrender to the recycle bin. My creative brain went to work right away and came up with two ways to re-purpose the cards royally fit as a holiday gift!

Holidays always involve drinks to be merry, so, let's start with the COASTERS: 
My inspiration for this idea is from personal experiences going to classy restaurants or cafes' where they use those thin but attractive disposable paper coasters. My idea hopes to eliminate "disposal" at first use! Now, the cards I have available have children's pictures on them which looked cute as a gift for someone who adores children. I'm thinking a grandma or a teacher perhaps?

Materials. You'll need glue (either a stick glue or liquid), mod podge, scissors, pencil, a medium-sized round lid (which I got from my soup cup at Panera or whatever you can find in your kitchen for a circle), sturdy cardboard, brush or sponge and old or unusable greeting cards.


1- Outline your circle on the card where you intend to use then cut.
2- Apply the glue on the back of your cut-out.
3- Stick them on the sturdy cardboard and cut.
4- Apply mod podge on the surface of your pre-finish coasters. This will seal the images and protect the paper from moisture to give it a longer life.
5- Let the coasters dry for 15 minutes or so, depending on how thick you applied your sealant.

Voila! Attractive coasters for gifting to your childs' favorite teacher (sinister hint) or simply, for personal use. The possibility is endless.
Cup of Chai Tea, anyone?

The coasters are mighty attractive, aren't they? My daughter decided she will gift this to her teacher. I think she's aiming to be a teacher's pet. Not a bad idea. Let's see if it works!

Now onto the bookmarks. I personally love this one! Tutorial is in a different post to make it easier for you to navigate through the article. Simply click here: Bookmark Tutorial and we'll transport you there in a flash.

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  1. What a GREAT idea, I didn't even think of that! I love the coaster and bookmarks. You are so crafty!! Love it!

  2. Thanks Lolli! I do love how it turned out.

  3. Thanks Jennifer! I'm currently digging through my piles of old cards! lol

  4. Great Idea!! I absolutely LOVE the coasters!!

  5. Those are great - could be good for all kinds of cards!! I like it!

  6. Ooh that's a neat idea! I bet you could do something similar with leftover wrapping paper scraps for small Christmas gifts :)

  7. In making bookmarks, you need to use good adhesives to adhere the surfaces. This will make the bookmarks more durable.


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