4th of July Nails

 

 

 

 

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Got my nails done and decided to go for a firework accent nail for the 4th!! It’s never too early to be patriotic, right? 🙂

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If you are a generally crafty person, or if you frequent Pinterest, it’s pretty likely that you’ve seen a tutorial for coasters like this before!! I know I have seen at least a dozen, and I decided to finally try it out for myself. I followed a tutorial I found on the adorable blog Two Girls Being Crafty. (http://twogirlsbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/02/ramseys-finally-have-coasters.html)

The coasters were really easy to make, inexpensive, and turned out adorable!! Sounds good right…?

Here’s what you will need:

-Square tiles…most of the tutorials I read used the glossy 16 cent white tiles you can find at any Home Depot or Lowes. I originally planned on using those but I didn’t like the way the edges looked unfinished so I chose travertine tiles instead. The travertine was slightly more expensive but not by much. NOTE: The travertine tiles were a bit more difficult because they have empty holes and sometimes uneven edges. I just made sure that my paper didn’t bubble after mod-podging ( Is that a word…? 😉 it down.

– Scrapbook paper… You can use other decorative types of paper, wrapping paper, etc. but I already had scrapbook paper on hand and I found that the thickness worked well.

– A container of Mod Podge (Can be found at Hobby Lobby or any other crafting store…Maybe Target and Wal-Mart as well)

-Scissors

-Pencil

-Felt or cork board (Felt is less expensive and works just as well)

-Small or medium sized foam brush

-E6000 Glue

-Water-resistant, Clear Acrylic spray (I chose the Mod Podge variety because it was convenient to grab. I would suggest choosing a different variety from maybe Home Depot…This is the one I was told to buy at Hobby Lobby and it has held up well so far, but I would probably feel better about a different more heavy duty waterproof specific variety)

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First things first, get all of your supplies organized and ready to go!! You can chose to do all of your coasters in matching scrapbook paper, but I chose to do them all different patterns with coordinating color schemes. Next, lay each tile on your paper and trace around it. I like the look of the paper covering the entire tile without a border so I cut exactly along the lines I traced. If you want to leave a little border around your edge, just cut in accordingly!! 🙂

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After you have all your squares cut out, you can begin to “Podge”. (Two Girls Being Crafty used this word a lot in her tutorial and I can’t stop saying it!!) Take your foam brush and lay a thin layer covering your entire tile. The mod podge dries pretty quickly so make sure you know exactly how you want to position your paper before you start this step. Lay your paper square onto the tile and gently rub over the top to make sure you have any air bubbles out form underneath!!

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Once you have all of your squares “Podged” onto your tiles, let them dry for a few minutes. Next, you’re going to apply a layer of Mod podge directly on top of your paper. be careful not to snag any loose edges of your paper that may have not gotten fully glued down. (On the travertine tile especially because of the holes) Also, be sure to check that no little hairs or fibers have fallen onto your tile because after your put another layer over them, they will be stuck there foreverrrrr!! After you have done this to the tops of all your tiles, let them dry about 15 minutes and then repeat. Some blogs say to do several coats…I only did two because I am a little impatient, but they still turned out great!!

I chose to use felt for the bottom of my coasters primarily because it was inexpensive and works just as well as cork. I think I got 4 sheets of felt at Hobby Lobby for $1 and didn’t even go through half of one. I made squares for the bottom instead of circles, again, because it was more time efficient and I liked the look of the squares. You can also choose to cover the entire bottom of your coaster with one big square of the felt. Glue each square on with a dab of E6000. Be sure to put them down on a piece of cardboard or a magazine until they dry, just in case any glue gets through the felt. Mine didn’t, but better safe than a coaster glued to your coffee table!!

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Last but not least, spray your coasters with a few layers of the Acrylic sealer!! I suggest doing this outside because the fumes are strong, and you don’t want any clear acrylic sealer sticking to anything important in your house like your wood floors… or pets….or children. 🙂  You can do as many layers of this as you like, but I did 2-3 letting each one dry for about 15 minutes in between. I then laid them inside to dry overnight before stacking them on one another or using them.

Here are how my three sets turned out!!

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These are a great idea for a housewarming present. You can coordinate with the new homeowner’s colors and add them together with some cute matching mugs!! Happy Crafting!! Let me know how yours turn out in the comments below if you try them!!