When I saw the third installment of the Pinterest Challenge announced I knew I wanted to participate! I created a project for the summer edition as well as the fall edition. Now I’m back with a project for the winter edition. (winter? what winter?)
I’ve been wanting to make some photo coasters for awhile. As I was searching through Pinterest for inspiration I decided to take a new twist for my photo coasters. I would use Instagram photos to create my CoastaGrams! Get it? Coasters + Instagram = CoastaGrams. Yep, I’m cheesy like that!
One thing I was sure of, I really didn’t want to make my coasters using tiles as the base. With two boys and a husband that has a tendency to toss coasters onto the table I knew tile could be disastrous! I wanted the much less breakable cork version for my CoastaGrams (you may be rolling your eyes, but I think my title is pretty catchy).
- Design Inspiration: When I saw these coasters (originally from here) I knew I wanted to create something similar. I didn’t follow her tutorial exactly though. I combined tips from several different blogs to create my coasters.
I printed out 6 photos. Some taken in Instagram, others imported into Instagram so I could apply the filters. Originally I intended to use the Instagram frame that comes with this particular filter. But they printed a smidge too big and I didn’t want to use the ink to print them again. So I just trimmed the frame off. I was a bit sad to loose that design element, because that is part of what made them look so Instagram-ish but in the end my penny pinching ways won out. The coasters have rounded corners, but at this stage of the game I just left my photo corners on (I’ll trim them later).
Now my coasters are ready to be sealed. Some people use Mod Podge to seal the top of their coasters. I didn’t want to do that for a couple of reasons. I don’t actually think that Mod Podge (since it’s water soluble) would keep the photos protected from a sweating glass. Also, Mod Podge leaves little lines when it dries and I wanted a smooth clear top. So I used Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating which is moisture resistant. (recommended for use with tile/photo coasters here) I sprayed 3 light and even coats allowing it to dry 10 minutes in between each coat. I made sure that as I was spraying I also got the edges because I want to be sure all areas of the photo are protected.
After waiting 24 hours I had these shiny beautiful coasters! Look how glossy they turned out! And here they are all together…
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my CoastaGrams! Want to see more of my crafty inspiration? Follow me on Pinterest! Or if you like scrappy/photography/crafty goodness you can follow my blog, follow me on twitter, or on facebook! For more Pinterest Challenge creations head on over to Young House Love and check out all the links!
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