Map Coasters

For our homemade gift extravaganza, my husband pulled my other brother’s name.  This particular one loves to travel and spent a semester studying in Italy, he honeymooned all over Europe and his wife spent a large chunk of her childhood living in Ireland.

So we played off of that and came up with map coasters!  I say “we” because there wasn’t much of a chance of him coming up with an idea. That doesn’t really happen.  So I thought of the idea and got involved with one teensy step along the way, but he really did do this himself!

I handed him a map, 4 tiles, a pack of felt pads and some Mod Podge and the man got to work!  He was making a pattern and lining it up on the map and I didn’t interfere at all!!  The only part I helped with was when he had his pieces cut out, he didn’t like the straight edges, so I just used my fingers and “tore them up” a little to make it more of a weathered edge.  He put 6 coats of Mod Podge on the top with a couple hours drying time in between each coat.

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  1. The coasters came out great!

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  2. Thats a great idea! Our neighbors moved here from over seas and are being a bit homesick… I think the kids will get the kids to make somethis weekend and bring them dinner! Fun idea!

  3. What a great idea!! I love maps! Could also burn the edges a bit to give them ‘age’… Mind if I steal, I mean borrow, it? :)

  4. I love this idea! We don’t currently own any coasters, but we sure need some… plus we love to travel. I may have to borrow this one! Thanks.

  5. That’s a lovely idea! You could use it for any sort of theme really. I’ve decided to try and give all handmade gifts this year and these are definitely going on the list.

  6. I’ve tried this before and found the coasters keep sticking together when stacked. How did you avoid this?

  7. I have made some of these for gifts using photos. I really LOVE the look of the ripped sides. Really makes it look much nicer–I’m excited to try this technique! Thanks!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I made coasters for a friend like this and used sandpaper on the edges, which looked cool too!

  9. @JeniferGo for it, Jenifer! Send me a picture so I can see how they turn out! I thought about burning the edges but the tearing was working so well, that I just let it be!

  10. @Polka Dot RabbitHmmm, I’m not sure about the sticking problem. How long did you wait before you tried to stack them? After the final coat, we probably let them sit there for 2-3 days before we stacked them at all. Maybe the felt pads on the bottom helped air circulate between them??

  11. @AnonymousOh, sandpaper! That never crossed my mind! Were they already applied to the tile when you used the sandpaper? Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh I LOVE these! I’ve made stamped coasters before, but the maps make me smile! Thanks for the great idea!

  13. I love crafting with maps! These turned out GREAT!

    thanks for linking up to Make it Monday!

  14. What a great gift idea for the traveling friend! Great job!

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