Create Custom Photo Coasters for Your Dog Dad
Published: Jun. 11, 2011
Subject: A DIY Father's Day Gift from Dad's Best Friend
Category: Dog People's Choice
Are you in need of gift for a dog dad for Father's Day? And are you crafty – even just a little bit? If you answered yes and yes, keep reading for instructions to make a set of custom photo coasters. This personal gift is even easy enough to whip up before Father's Day this Sunday!
The best part of this gift is that it features photos of your dog dad's best friend. And everyone knows, dog dads (and granddads) love gifts with their dog’s dashing likeness - just ask Woof Reporter Larry (and take a peek at some of his personalized gift picks). The other great thing about this gift...you can make it on your dog's budget. Created with love, dog-centric and inexpensive, this project has got it all.
First things first – start with the best dog photos you can find – and you can even choose to grab some of the non-fur family members to include too. Next up, follow the instructions below, direct from Heidi from the Frugal Girls, who is kindly allowing Woof Report to share this fun project with you (be sure to check out her site for all kinds of tips for saving money along with coupons and freebies too!).
Here's What You’ll Need:
- Photos - black and white or color
- Ceramic tiles (find these at Lowe's or perhaps your local hardware store)
- Mod Podge
- Clear Acrylic High Gloss Coating Spray (try Tree House Studio Clear Acrylic High Gloss Coating Spray)
- Felt for the backing - in the color of your choice!
- Paint in a color similar to the tile color
- Paint the rough, unfinished side edges of the tiles and let the paint dry thoroughly.
- Trim your photos into a square shape to fit the tile.
- One at a time, apply Mod Podge to the back of a photo with a sponge applicator, then press it down onto tile. Allow it to dry completely. Once dry, apply a layer of Mod Podge with a sponge applicator to the top of the photo. Use even left-to-right strokes (as always with Mod Podge, lines will show).
- Allow the tiles to dry completely. Repeat with two more layers of Mod Podge, allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next. Once the coasters have had 3 layers of Mod Podge applied…and have dried completely, you're ready for the next step. For best results, allow each coat to dry completely before adding the next coat.
- Next, take your former tiles, now coasters, outside to spray them with 4 to 5 coats of Acrylic Sealer. (Place the coasters on something you don’t mind getting sprayed with the sealer.) You’ll want a strong coat of sealer on each coaster since it will ensure the coaster is waterproof, and can withstand wet glasses. Be sure to allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next coat.
- Now it’s time to add some backing to the coasters. Apply the felt with glue or a hot glue gun, and allow to dry.
Once the coasters are completely dry, stack up them and tie them with a festive ribbon and you're set!
Many thanks to Heidi at TheFrugalGirls.com for permission to share her fun project with you. Take a look at her post to see photo instructions - plus check out her site for great deals, freebies and more.
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