Wedding Gift Personalized Coasters
Every time I need a wedding gift, this is one of the things I make first. Monogramming everything is the craze these days, but just think about how even more exciting it is to have your new last name on everything right when you get married! This super easy craft is also good for any gift not just weddings. I have a friend that has me make them for her every Christmas for her kid’s teachers. I even made them for myself and still love them!
4 Coasters (these came from Home Depot)
Twine or Ribbon
Start by cutting out your vinyl. I used my cricut. The letters measured 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Weed your vinyl by carefully pulling away all the excess vinyl. Be very careful as you get to each new letter and especially pay close attention to the dot in the I! It is super easy to lose….don’t ask how I know that! Lol
Now carefully peel off each name using the contact paper. Then transfer it to the top of the coaster. These letters were almost as big as the coaster so it was fairly easy to get them straight.
Once you are done with the vinyl you are ready to start putting the cork on the bottoms.
I got my roll of cork in the aisle with the contact paper at Home Depot. I know they also have this at Lowe’s and Walmart. But in my experience it is always really close to the same price. Start by measuring and cutting the cork the same size as the tile.
Then fold back one corner of the cork and line up the rest with the bottom of the tile. Push the corner down that you folded the backing on and carefully peel the rest of the backing off pressing as you go. Sometimes if I didn’t cut straight I will go back and cut off the excess so it’s not showing from the top.
Now stack them all up and tie them together with twine or ribbon. This wedding was a country theme so I thought the twine fit well. If I am making it for Christmas gifts, I like to tie it with Christmas ribbon.
Magnetic Kids Chore Chart
I have looked and looked for the perfect chore chart. We tried the dry erase ones….but they always seemed to get erased and the girls got frustrated. Then Mommy got frustrated! So they went in the trash. Tried just printing them out. That wasn’t really working for us. So I decided I wanted something where we could change out chores as often as I wanted and would be easy. And cute of course! Here’s what I came up with.
Board ( I found this zebra board in the serving supplies at Hobby Lobby.
It has a cork backing and measures 15 1/2 by 12.)
Small piece of metal (I got a large piece and cut it to 9 x 12)
Small Wood Circles
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
The first thing you need to do is glue your metal to your board using E6000. Leave extra room at the top so you can put a name on the top. I left 3.25″. Then just center the board from side to side.
I then cut the names out using my cricut and their favorite color vinyl. I like to put the name on a solid background shadow when there is a busy background. So I used white for the shadows. The name measures 2.25″ x 6″ The font is called Segoe Script. I like this font for anything I want to look kiddish. Then using the contact paper center the name on top of the shadow and then the entire piece onto the board.
Cut out the words To Do (measured 1.5″ x 3″), Done (measured 1.5″ x 3″) & a line to divide. Then using contact paper, place the words.
Paint your wooden circles and glue on the magnets. I got the sticky magnets thinking I would just use those. Don’t bother! Go ahead and use a glue gun to glue on the magnets. They will fall off if you don’t I promise!
Now you’re ready to hang your chore charts and put your kiddos to work!
I used the 3m Hangers that I got at Michaels.
Mother’s Day Frame
I was contacted a few days ago by a high school friend’s Mom for a Mother’s Day gift for her daughter. She sent me 2 pictures. Told me how she wanted to combine the ideas and she wondered if I could help her do it. I didn’t have to think twice. OF COURSE!!
Picture frame (this one is an 8 x 10)
Paint for the handprint
Cardstock (I used white)
She did the hard part in my opinion! Lol she had to get her sweet one year old granddaughter’s handprint. Just dip their hand in the paint or paint it on there with a paintbrush. Just make sure you have plenty of baby wipes handy. I promise you will not do this in one try. But it will be well worth the hassle in the end! Place the hand prints on the back of the glass. You could also do it on the paper you intend to use as backing but placing the handprint on the glass will allow you to change the color of paper if you choose later on to match decor. Sorry for the glare! But you get the picture.
Now get out your cricut and print out the saying. I used the font Tempus Sans ITC. The words measured a total of 9 x 6.25. This allowed just the right amount of space on each side in the 8 x 10 frame. Make sure to pay attention to your settings on your cricut or you will cut too deep like I did. Since it was only the heart and one o I was still able to make it work.
Use your contact paper and transfer the vinyl onto the front of your glass. Cut your cardstock you plan to use for the background and you’re ready to go!