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DIY Scrapbook Paper Tile Coasters

Now that I’ve started upgrading to big girl furniture, taking care of it all has become even more important. I didn’t spend all this time looking for the right coffee table, only to have it ruined by water rings! I quickly realized that half decent looking coasters are harder to find than you would think! Of course there are the Anthro agate coasters that everyone lusts after, but I can’t imagine spending that much for four measly coasters..even if they are gorgeous! So of course I turned to Pinterest and found these fun DIY scrapbook paper tile coasters.

DIY Scrapbook Paper Tile Coasters | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

Every time I stop at Papersource, this Beer Run wrapping paper would catch my eye, and I would rack my brain trying to think of something I could make with it. As soon as I saw this tutorial for DIY scrapbook paper tile coasters, I knew it would be PERFECT. I wanted to do 5 with that and 5 with something else, so I grabbed this super cute goldfish paper. I love that you can see the fish when you look down the glass. So fun!

DIY Scrapbook Paper Tile Coasters | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

There are a ton of similar DIY tile coasters on Pinterest, but I really like that these have a very shiny finish when done! Hot coffee does tend to stick just a teeny bit, but for beer and cocktails they’re perfect! My only other advice when following the directions is to cover them while they dry. I didn’t plan ahead and just assumed it would be fine…now I have a teeny tiny fly forever preserved on the surface of one of my coaster. OOPS!

DIY Scrapbook Paper Tile Coasters | Life, Love, and Cupcakes

I absolutely love how these turned out! Although 10 coasters is more than plenty, I’m still tempted to make more with all of the cute scrapbook and wrapping papers I come across at Michael’s, Homegoods, etc. I think they’d be adorable with a mongram right before the modge podge. Maybe I’ll start cranking some out now to give as Christmas gifts!

Here’s the DIY Scrapbook Paper Tile Coaster tutorial…let me know if you make them!

Chalkboard Menu

I’m happy to say I FINALLY got around to making a chalkboard menu for our kitchen! I’ve been wanting to make one for quite awhile, but couldn’t find the exact frame that I had in mind.

Chalkboard Menu

I finally “settled” on this frame that I found for a buck at a thrift store…I just wanted to make something! I sanded it down some, but left much of the finish still intact.

Chalkboard Menu

I decided to test out the coffee, steel wool, and vinegar stain I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. I put a piece of steel wool and about 2 Tb of used coffee grounds, poured in enough vinegar to cover everything, and let it set overnight. I highly recommend gloves for this project!

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This was such an easy project that can be done in a day…and to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out despite not finding the “perfect” frame.

Chalkboard Menu

Now I just need to work on my chalk writing skills!