Here’s the thing about weddings. I love them.
I love the look on the groom’s face, I love the father-daughter dance, I love dressing up all fancy and dancing with my favorite dance partner, I love watching the couple leave at the end of the night, knowing that that day was the start of the rest of forever.
And I love walking through the months ahead of a wedding with a bride who cannot wait to be a wife.
Last night, I got to head back to Roanoke for the bridal shower of a girl who so deserved to be showered. Megan is one of the most selfless and generous people I know, and she’s about to get married to the love of her life. The shower was unbelievable–and it was powerful to see a lot of women who Megan has served over the years serve her. The house was transformed into a bride’s dreamland with white and lace and flowers and low lights and pure happiness. It was the best.
This stage of life has us at many, many weddings a year, which we love. To make the wedding gift giving easier, Morgan and I have taken to making lots of gifts.
And by “Morgan and I,” I mean “Morgan and his woodworking skills.”
This time, though, I took matters into my own hands, and, in addition to some classic oven mitts, I made these adorable coasters for Megan. (And obviously made an extra set for myself).
Want to know the best part? All of the supplies for this project (minus the Mod Podge and polyurethane) cost just about $2. TWO DOLLARS. And just wait til you see how easy these are.
To all of my engaged friends, you can expect some coasters alongside your oven mitts as well.
What you need:
4×4 inch tiles: Home Depot for 16 cents each
Scrapbook paper (one sheet can make about 9 coasters, but I got a variety): Michaels for 59 cents each
Felt: Michaels for 29 cents each
Hot glue gun/glue
What you do:
I started by hot glueing little squares of felt to the bottom of the tiles. This is so that the coasters slide easier and don’t scratch any surfaces.
Next, I cut the scrapbook paper into 3.75 x 3.75 squares. (That makes me sound like I measured this. Yeah right. I just cut them close and said that rough edges would make it feel more rustic.)
Use a gluestick to secure the scrapbook paper onto the tiles. And then squeal a lot because are these not precious?
Then, I just put about a dime-sized blob of mod podge on a tile and used the foam brush to apply a first coat. Do this one by one so it doesn’t get too gloppy. (I know that this picture is entirely unhelpful. I didn’t think of actually taking a shot of the glob or of the brush or of me painting the glob with the brush. Also loving the word “gloppy.”) Apply a second coat of mod podge after the first dries.
To make sure that water from drinks doesn’t mess with the scrapbook paper, we just applied a coat of polyurethane. This will smell bad, so let it sit for at least a day before gifting!
Not pictured: me tying these up in a cute little bow and nestling them into a gift bag with oven mitts.