Guest Post by: Alicia Wells
Need a place to rest your frosty summer beverages? This simple project is fun and functional, and can be made with materials you [probably] already have handy.
- Scrabble tiles
- Manila folder
- Printed image of Scrabble board (Google images!), magazine page, family photos, or anything else you want to use for backing
- Rubber Cement
- Craft glue (I use Amazing E-6000)
- X-ACTO knife
- Modge Podge
If you don’t want to destroy your cherished Scrabble game (I wouldn’t blame you) you can buy Scrabble tiles on ebay or order them from the manufacturer.
Start by rubber cementing your image to the manila folder and letting it dry. Then cut out four 3” x 3.25” squares. These will be the backs of your coasters.
Lay down tiles one-by-one on the non-printed side of the manila folder using the craft glue. Before the glue dries you should be able to shift and straighten the tiles to make sure they’re lined up properly. Keep in mind that Scrabble tiles are not uniformly shaped and there will be some crooked edges.
Once all tiles have been laid and glue has dried, trim edges of the manila folder using an X-ACTO knife. With a spongey paint brush, apply Modge Podge on the tops (tile side) of the coasters. Let dry for about an hour, and then add a coat of Modge Podge to the backs.
Here’s what the backs look like:
The Modge Podge will harden and waterproof the coasters, so make sure you don’t skip this step. You can change up the theme using other drinks and food, people’s names, or any other words that have four letters!
Would you rather stick to the drinking and leave the coaster-making to someone else? They can be purchased in my Etsy shop for $15!