Today’s DIY is an awesome homemade Christmas gift! It’s photo coasters, and it’s yet another one from What’s Up Mom’s. Here’s how…
- You’ll need ceramic coasters (or tiles…I used coasters I picked up at Walmart, but tiles are a cheaper way to go). You’ll also need photos, mod podge, a paint brush, some paper towels to protect your work surface, a pencil, and scissors.
- Measure out your photo so it will fit on your coaster.
- Using your pencil, make a mark where you’ll make your cut.
- Cut off the excess and discard.
- Using your brush, apply a thin layer of mod podge to your tile/coaster.
- Place your photo on and immediately apply another thin coat of mod podge, ensuring you don’t miss any places.
- Allow to dry.
We had so much fun making these! They’re so easy, but they are an amazing gift! They’re useful, beautiful, and thoughtful!
***EDITED*** Make sure you use mod podge with a MATTE finish and not glossy. I used glossy and there is such a terrible glare on it that you can’t see the photo unless looking directly at it. I ranto walmart and got matte finish and put a thin coat on tip of the glossy and it worked just fine! Looks much better! Here’s a photo:
This week we decorated our salt dough Christmas ornaments! We used acrylic paint, glue, and glitter.
Alana using crafting ribbon to hang the ornaments on the tree!
Noah’s little handprint!
So my final conclusion is that it was fun. I would gladly do it again. More than anything, this will be a memory that will last a lifetime. It was a great bonding experience with my kids for 2 weekends in a row:)
My kids and I wanted to make salt dough ornaments for their grandparents. It was really fun! I will share the final result after we decorate them, but here is how you make them…
- 2 cups all purpose flour (you will need 1/2 to 1 cup more for kneading and rolling)
- 1 cup of table salt
- 1 cup of water
- Mix your ingredients in a bowl. If your mixture is too sticky (it likely will be), add more flour.
- Once it comes together to form a dough, turn it out onto a floured surface.
- Knead for a few minutes.
- Flour your surface and your rolling pin.
- Roll dough into a ball and then roll out with your rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thickness.
- Using either a knife to trace a circle or a bowl, cut out your circle in whichever size fits your little one(s) hand.
- Place cut-outs on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in fridge or freezer just to firm up slightly.
- Flour your child’s hand and press into your cut-out.
- Place your ornaments into an oven preheated to 265℉ for 30-40 minutes (possibly longer…just make sure it is no longer doughy).
- Let cool. Ornaments will harden as it cools.
- Once completely cool, decorate however you wish. You can paint the handprints, use glitter, etc.
Hope you enjoy! I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving!