Handmade Hostess Gift: Initialed Coasters

by Diane Henkler on 11/09/2012

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The holidays are coming which means two things:

1. You will be entertaining family and friends in your home and will need a place for your guests to safely place their drinks.

2.  You will be invited to a holiday party or two and will need a hostess gift.

These easy and affordable initialed cork coasters covers both.     No matter if you have people coming or you’re going  – there will be a need for coasters for all the holiday drinks that will be served.

Protect your tables in affordable style by making a set for yourself and another to give as a handmade hostess gift. Have fun with the designs -  draw your own, use initials,  stencils of snowflakes, holly, Santa, something your child drew, or print a favorite design out on your computer to transfer.  Permanent markers come in a wide range of colors -use one or more colors to coordinate with your decor. There is no limit as to what you can draw on them.

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Supplies Needed:

 
Cork coasters – I bought these in the garden department at Walmart
Printed initial – I used the font – David in 30o pt. size  It is very similar to Times New Roman or Georgia.
Transfer paper – craft store
Pencil
Sharpie or permanent marker
 

How to trace lettering on a surface

1.  Lay transfer paper face down on coaster. Center cut out letter on top. Make sure it is straight.  Using a pencil make an outline of the letter. The pressure of the pencil point will transfer graphite on the transfer paper to the cork.

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2.   When you are done, remove letter and transfer paper to reveal a graphite outline of the letter.

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3.  Fill letter in with a permanent marker.

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If needed, repeat filling in with marker until you have nice even color in your letters.

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1 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions November 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm

What an easy and great project, Diane! I love this idea! I’m sure I will be needing a few hostess gifts, too.

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2 Tiffany November 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Super cute idea! Something everyone needs…

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3 Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips November 11, 2012 at 1:53 am

Diane — You have a way of making simple things look classy! Thanks for the idea. Very nice. I want some for myself!

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4 Christine November 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Another easy and fantastic idea! I would love to make these with seasonal images of Santa and snowmen! Might even be able to use cookie cutters to make the outlines. Thank you for the idea!

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5 rhonda steelman November 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

love the idea and preparing to make some for holiday gifts. However…would the color run when it gets wet? should I attempt to seal the color with ??? modge-podge?

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6 Diane Henkler November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hi Rhonda -

Before I posted the project, I tested them out under running water and placed cold and hot drinks on them. No bleeding or running of the ink at all. I used a Sharpie brand permanent marker – no sealer needed. I have been using them for 2 weeks – we use them everyday and they look perfect even after something wet is on them.

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7 k November 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I love personalized and customized stuffs! :) I will try this out. This is a good idea for christmas gifts!

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