Frugal Living: Homemade Coasters for Christmas

Posted: 11/26/10 8:45 AM (Modified: 11/26/10 8:45 AM)

Need a creative gift on the cheap? Check out these homemade coasters for Christmas. I met up with Fat N Sassy Mama Caryn Ross in Oklahoma City to find out how to make these snazzy gifts.

Here's what you need:

Unfinished tiles (available at Lowe's or Home Depot)

StayzOn Ink (in two colors, we used red and black and purchased it at Hobby Lobby)

Design Stamp (available at Hobby Lobby)

Initial Stamps (also available at Hobby Lobby)

Clear-coat

Be sure to use the 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby

These are so easy to make and normally run about $23 at craft stores. Once you've invested in the stamp gear, you can make these for as little as $3.

First, wipe down the tiles a bit to remove excess dust. Use your design stamp first on your stamp, then stamp on the initial or smaller design you are wanting. Let sit a few minutes and spray with clear-coat. You'll be surprised how easy this is. Wrap it up pretty and pass it on for teacher gifts or your special someone!

While it is tempting to purchase a cheaper version of ink, StayzOn will actually stay on when you place your drinks on it while other ink will run. So, it's important to use that brand. I picked it up on clearance for $4. Enjoy!

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Dec 1, 2010 07:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have looked everywhere for the initial stamp - Hobby Lobby, Michael's, etc. Is there another source?

Dec 1, 2010 10:25 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

From what I've heard, our local Hobby Lobby's got hit hard after the segment. It should be back in stock soon. That's where I found it. I'm not sure of any other stores unless you called some Scrapbooking stores, they may sell stamps.

-Sarah

Dec 5, 2010 09:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

MY CLEAR COAT caused the ink to run.. I guess I used that wrong kind. any ideas as to how to save them.

Dec 5, 2010 02:14 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did you use the StazOn ink? That kind dries and it's pretty much not going to run. But, either way, it's important to use the ink and let it sit for a little bit before spraying on the clear coat. I'm not really sure how to save them, I would say you may have to start over. Sorry! =(

-Sarah

Dec 5, 2010 02:56 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hi, I tried to make these but am having trouble with the clear coat. At first I used a matte finish but found it didn't add much to the finished look. Then I tried a gloss sealant - not good at all! To shiny and it showed all of the inperfections. Can you please tell me what sealant you used?

Dec 5, 2010 10:34 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

We used a matte finish, the ones I've seen in pretty stores used the matte as well. The idea is that it looks like stone so it's ok that it doesn't really add much to it. If you used the correct stamps, then the matte would work fine. I wonder if there is one that's not quite as shiny as the shiny version??

-Sarah

Dec 6, 2010 08:02 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I used STAZOn ink.. and it still ran when I spray the clear coat on and I did not spray the clear coat until 24 hours after stamping. them..

Dec 6, 2010 02:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Wow. I'm really not sure at all, we only waiting a few minutes then sprayed them and it was fine. I'm so sorry, I'm not sure what went wrong.

-Sarah

Dec 11, 2010 11:12 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Did you use the self inking initial stamps? I saw some that looked like the same font you used but wasn't sure if it was using the right ink.... ?? They were 9.99 at Hobby Lobby? Did you purchase the clear coat from Hobby Lobby as well? Thanks.

Dec 15, 2010 11:15 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Use a roll of cork cut out in squares and hot glue to back of coasters. I bought a whole alphabet of stamps (nice little 1 x 1 squares and used in a random pattern on the coasters). Found the initials at Michael's I believe. Remember, Michael's and JoAnn's takes competitor coupons, but Hobby Lobby does not, and those ink pads are $7.99 regular price $5.20 each with tax and 40% coupon (at Hobby Lobby).

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