With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the DIY Playbook is turning up the heat on red, pink and gold inspired crafts that can add a v-day hint to your home OR be perfect gifts for your friends, co-workers, neighbors, or favorite family members.
First up, these fun tribal coasters. Because our scrabble coasters were such a big hit, we thought why not inspire our readers to replace those coasters with a little February spirit?
These lovely coasters are the perfect addition to your coffee table, nightstand, desk at home or work, or festive bar cart. We tried our hand at a cupid-meets-tribal inspired pattern, but you really can make your set of coasters to fit your valentine’s day needs. (names, hearts, polka dots, love is quotes, initials…)
-Tile Squares (we scored ours at Habitat for Humanity Restore for 10 cents each)
-Paint Markers or oil-based Sharpie
-Felt stickers (4 per tile)
-Ribbon (optional for wrapping)
Speaking from the perspective of having absolutely NO artistic talent, this pattern looks faaaaarrrrrr harder than it actually is. You don’t need to be at all “artistic” to make these coasters. With a ruler, we drew 3 or 4 vertical lines across the tile. Then, without the ruler, we made little lines that zig-zagged through the other lines. Here’s a sloppy version of the steps:
After that, we colored in random boxes throughout the pattern. No rhyme or reason to the coloring, it was all very random. As you can tell, ours are neither perfectly aligned nor perfectly straight and that’s okay. When you try and tackle all of these lines to create the desired pattern… don’t be hard on yourself. The imperfections make it unique to you and that’s what makes this project fun!
Then we colored the border of the tile, baked the squares according to the marker’s instructions, let ’em cool, slapped the felt pieces on each, poured ourselves a drink & cheers-ed to our lovely new coasters!
And the extra coasters we created? We stacked these darling squares and wrapped them in a festive ribbon. We hope to give this adorable “package” as a valentine to someone who will LOVE them just as much as we do. (Sneak Peek: tune in tomorrow to get the story about the gold & glitter dipped feathers)
We especially love the extra pop of color that the border provides when the tiles are stacked.
And there you have it…. ten cent tiles that quickly turned into trendy coasters that you can’t help but L.O.V.E! In honor of these coasters, let’s all cheers to kickin’ off a week of Valentine’s Projects in style. See you tomorrow….
P.S. Speaking of LOVE. We would like to send our LOVE & a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Casey’s mom…the Janimal! We wish her a perfect day and the start of an unforgettable year. She deserves nothing but the very, very best. Cheers!
Friends..get excited for the CHEAPEST and EASIEST project you’re ever gonna see on the DIY Playbook.
See, when the “rookies” get together for a weekend of fun..there is bound to be some DIY action taking place.
It was a successful trip. I scored this bad boy, and we stumbled upon a fabulous new project.
So we each picked out 5 white ones to bring on home with us. It was going to be a whopping $1.00 total for both of our sets!
Casey’s side note: Bridget didn’t have any cash or change on her (#1 rule of thrifting…bring cash!), so the cashier gave her the 5 coasters for free. I think he had a little crush on our girl here.
So we ended up leaving with 10 coasters…for $.50. Woo hoo!
On the drive home, we decided to go with a scrabble theme for the coasters.
a. Scrabble is awesome (words with friends anyone?)
b. Scrabble letters are soooo in right now, and we want to be trendy.
c. We’re not that artsy…and outlining letters seemed like the easiest way to jazz the tiles up.
The only hard part was what the heck to spell out?!?
We brainstormed with LOVE, HOME, HOUSE…ya know cute, girly words like that.
But the boys had different and better ideas. CHEERS, DRINK, COAST, SPORTS. (Okay maybe that last idea kinda sucked…)
So after a group vote, we ended up going with DRINK and COAST for the 2 sets of coasters.
We printed letters and numbers off of the computer. Cut them out. And traced them with a pen right onto the tile.
Then, we used a porcelain pen (like this one on Amazon) to fill in the letters and numbers with black.
B in action. She is intense!
So there ya have it…easy DIY that anyone can do! The hardest part is figuring out what you want your coasters to say.
What would you write on your very own Scrabble Tiles?