It's been a while since I've brought you a fun craft idea, but this one I know you will love! These monogrammed terra-cotta coasters are so easy to make and can add a dash of color to your decor. They also make great gifts for friends, teachers, or couples just getting married. My friend Cristina showed me how to make these. I don't know about you but my husband is forever putting down wet glasses on my wood tables. It causes rings and really does a number on the finish. These are so inexpensive to make, you can have a set for every room and table in the house if you want!
First you start with plain terra-cotta plant saucers. They are less than 50 cents each and can be bought at most garden centers. I purchased these at Wal-Mart. Most places will allow you to buy them separate from the pots. Get acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice and paint the back of each terra-cotta saucer. I just used white and painted on 2 coats. My paint was a little old so it was a bit grainy but they came out great regardless. I let them dry about 20 minutes, then painted the top. I didn't go all the way into the middle because it will be covered up but you can if you want. While the tops dried I took a sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper and cut it into 3″ circles on my Cricut. I measured with a ruler the size of the inside circle. If you don't have a Cricut, no worries, you can use the bottom of the saucer to trace a circle onto the back of the paper. Using my Cricut again, I cut some letters from Vynal I had on hand. Again, if you don't have a Cricut just use scrap book stickers. If you are thinking about buying a Cricut, with my affiliate link you get 1/3 off of all supplies and accessories at Cricut (that's 33%)! You won't believe how cool the new Cricut Explore™ is! Trust me if you are thinking about buying a craft cutting tool you will be amazed at all this can do.
Finally I glued the scrapbook paper to my coaster with Mod Podge. Make sure to put it on the back of the paper and the coaster so that you will be able to slid it around, ensuring correct placement. Let it dry for at least 5 minutes then put 2-3 coats of Mod Podge on the entire coaster. Allow about 7-10 minutes between coats.
I let them dry over night before I used them to insure they were fully dry. They work great and look snazzy sitting on the tables in my living room. If you make a set please come and share them on my Facebook Page, I can't wait to see what colors you use!