Day 359: It’s a Fish…
December 25, 2013

So, with all of the chaos of the holiday, I didn’t get into my craft room until fairly late for me. I decided to play with a silly idea that has been in the back of my mind for a while.

Fish coaster

At first glance, this appears to just be a paper pieced fish. But, wait. There’s more!

Fish Coaster

This fish is actually backed with cork and made into a coaster. I started out by cutting out the fish using my Cricut. I then carefully cut a piece of cork to match the size and shape of the fish. I assembled all of the layers and then sprayed the top with an acrylic sealant. Once it was dried, I had a paper-pieced, cork-backed fish coaster. I may have to go back and make some more so that I can have a complete set.


Day 268: Ships’ Wheels and Anchors
September 25, 2013

For those of you who have been following me since the early days of my 365 challenge, you may remember that I did several coasters back when I was first starting out. Today’s project goes back to those early days but with a new spin.

Chevron Coasters with Anchors and Ships' Wheels

So, I combined ideas from those early projects with ideas from a project I did last week.

Truth be told, the inspiration for this project hit me at 4:00 this morning. I think I dream about nautical projects that I can do. It started out with different colors and graphics but as I laid there, trying desperately to fall back asleep, I remembered that I had leftover papers from last week’s Anchor Wall Art. I wouldn’t want those supplies to go to waste.

So, I got up early and dug out the last of my stash of tiles and my cork backing. I cut the chevron print paper to size and used spray adhesive to adhere the cork to the back and the paper to the front of the tiles. While they were drying, I used my Cricut to cut the anchors and ships’ wheels. I used Mod Podge to put them onto the prepared coasters. I let them dry again and then I applied a coat of acrylic spray sealant. After a little more drying time, these coasters are ready to be used.

Day 131: Wooden Letter Tile Coaster
May 11, 2013

So, I bought these wooden letter tiles the other week at the craft store. Today seemed like a good day to use them.

Wooden Letter Tile Coaster

Silly me thinking that the tiles would actually all be exactly the same size. Anyway, I played around with different word combinations and finally settled on sandy, beach, water, smile and fun.

I started out by adhering the tiles to a piece of card stock. I then added some small wooden pieces to the back to increase the rigidity (otherwise it curled when I picked it up). I finished the assembly by gluing some cork to the back. I applied Mod Podge on the top and then sealed with an acrylic sealant. The colors are much richer in person and it has a nice sheen to it because of the glossy sealant.

Day 30: Stamped Coasters
January 30, 2013

Anyone who has been to my house knows that it is decorated like a beach house already. We have pictures of lighthouses everywhere. In our upstairs hallway, we have a set of 4 pictures and on each one is a line from what I can only assume is a poem. I used those lines as part of my inspiration for today’s project.

Lighthouse coasters with verse

I started out by stamping the lighthouse image onto 4 coasters. Then, I used a Sharpie to write on the coasters. Baked them and that seals the inks so that they don’t smear. I still need to apply the cork backing, but I will probably not get to that until later this evening.

The verse reads:

From far away, a friendly light
Lighthouse beacon in the night
Here with each new sunrise, life begins anew
Linger by the sea, where worldly cares are few.

I could handle lingering by the sea right about now. How about you?

Day 15: Maritime Signal Flag Coaster
January 15, 2013


Today is another day when my crafting time is pretty limited, so I went with something relatively simple. A maritime signal flag coaster:

Signal Flag Coaster


When I said this was simple, I really wasn’t kidding. I simply colored half the tile with a red Sharpie and baked at 350 degrees for half an hour. (Yes, for anyone who saw yesterday’s craft, I am experimenting with Sharpie on different surfaces.) The image really does match a maritime signal flag. Who can tell me which letter of the alphabet this particular flag represents?

Day 11: Alcohol Inks on Tile
January 11, 2013

Let me start by saying that I have never been a huge fan of abstract art. My father is a very literal person and my mother’s art favored the Impressionists, so maybe I just wasn’t really exposed to it when I was growing up. But this challenge is about pushing boundaries, so here we go:

Alcohol Inks on Tile

I was trying for an abstract impression of the ocean and I am actually pretty happy with the result. If I had it to do over again, I probably would have used more blue.

Anyway, this is what I did. I took a 4×4 white tile from Home Depot (16 cents each) and applied rubbing alcohol over the entire surface using a sponge brush. I then began dripping the various alcohol inks (I used denim, glass and lettuce) and manipulating the tile until the colors covered the whole tile. I used a little more alcohol in areas where I felt the color wasn’t right and continued manipulating the tile until the desired effect was achieved.

I will admit that I did the inking last night since I knew it would have to dry for several hours before I could apply the acrylic sealer, and I only have limited time this morning before hitting the road. This morning, I applied the sealer (which by the way, helped the colors to really pop) and allowed it to dry. And, you can see the results.

Still not convinced about abstract art, but I am a little more open to trying it again moving forward. What do you think?

Day 4: Beach House Coasters
January 4, 2013

It is Friday, which means Happy Hour, right? Today’s craft is ready for it. I made a pair of drink coasters suitable for any beach house:


I used inexpensive tiles from Home Depot (about 16 cents each) as the base. I adhered cork to the bottoms of the tiles and then used Mod Podge to apply the seashell printed paper to the tops. Simple and ready for our beach house (when we finally get around to buying one).

In case you were wondering, the paper and cork were both purchased from Hobby Lobby.