DIY Modge Podge Map Coasters

Pinterest Coasters

So it’s been awhile since my Coaster Giveaway. If you remember, these Map Coasters got the winning vote.

The Country Chic Cottage
The Country Chic Cottage

So, I set out on a mission to find a great map to use for the project. It took me awhile, but I finally found the perfect map at Cavallini & Co. (not a sponsored post, I literally looked high and low for an inexpensive map to use). Price tag $4.95.

Map

I laid out the dollar store coasters I had and traced with a pencil.

Coasters on Map

Cut out carefully and erase pencil marks

Cut out map for coasters

I then used modge podge to adhere the paper to the coasters using one coat in between the paper and the cork and one coat on top of the paper to make it completely saturated

Modge podge coasters map

I let them dry for a bit, maybe 10 minutes and then added a second coat. The Modge Podge dries clear, but you will notice it looks a little milky when wet…not to worry! The coaster on the left is dry after two coats, the one on the right is freshly painted.

Coasters second coat modge podge

Takeaways from this project

1. Saturate the paper, completely wet

2. Turn coasters over and trim any excess you can see from the underside

3. The second coat should come down onto the sides of the coasters for a tight seal

4. Modge Podge is not good for the manicure :-)

Finished coasters

I want to try these on tiles, I think they would feel much more expensive. I would use cork on the undersides of the tiles too.

Map Coasters final Coasters are a MUST on chalk paint/waxed furniture!

Winner Coasters Giveaway

I hope Kim D loves her set as much as I love mine! I love that you could essentially make these using ANY paper. So fun!

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DIY Thrifted Chalkboard Cheese Tray

I scored this tray during my vacation thrift store jackpot. It was only a couple bucks and I knew I wanted to make it into a cheese tray using chalkboard paint. Here it is in all it’s dirtiness!! Not very appetizing!

Cheese tray before

I started off by spray painting the entire tray white. Notice how the center is not really covered. I just wanted to make sure the frame was painted because I knew the center tray would be painted again with chalkboard paint.

spraypainted tray cheese chalkboard

Next I taped off the frame with painters tape

Taped Chalkboard tray

And painted the center with chalkboard paint using a sponge brush to minimize brush strokes. I also love that I can just toss the brush when I am done, no messy clean up!

Chelkboard tray during 01

And now, time for the bad news!! I let the paint dry for a few days. When I went to peel it off, things didn’t go as well as planned.

Tape Removal Chalkboard tray

Not only did some of the chalkboard paint peel off, but some leaked up onto the frame. I ended up using a small craft brush to fix this by hand. It took 3-4 coats of the white paint (using Kilz primer for added coverage) to cover up that black chalk paint. In the end, I wish I would have not taped at all and just cut in with the chalkboard paint using a steady hand.

I always say, things don’t have to be perfect, but I will admit this one was a little painful for me. I had to remind myself that the tray would be covered with pretty food and these minor imperfections would fade into the background!!

Chalkboard Cheese Tray 02

I got myself a “chalk pen…” a definite must have!!

Chalkboard cheese tray 01

I actually love the finished product. I think it could be used for any types of appetizers, not just cheese. By using the chalkboard to label, it’s a really versatile tray :-)

Cheese tray pinterest

Cheers!!

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