I love gift giving, and I especially like making gifts for people. Last year I decided to make personalized map coasters for my uncles and grandpa. Adding maps personalized to important places to the reciever is easy and fun. Plus they all had a challange figuring out the pattern! For my grandpa, I covered coasters with maps of the places where his grandkids live. There are tons of options, plus maps can be easily printed from the internet, or free from AAA if you are a member. I originally found this idea on Martha Stewart’s craft site.
- Cork rounds or cardboard coasters
- Scissors or craft knife
- Foam paintbrush
- Modge Podge glue
- Unfold maps and decide which portions will be centered on each coaster
- Using a pencil, lightly trace the coaster onto the map. I traced on the front side so I could be sure I had it lined up just right
- Cut out shape with scissors or craft knife. A craft knife is more precise if you can use it well. I can’t, so I used scissors.
- Use a foam paintbrush to brush a light layer of mod podge onto the coaster. Place the map cut-out onto the cork and gently flatten from the inside out. Work out any bubbles
- Once the glue is almost dry paint several layers of mod podge over the top and sides of the coaster.
- Let dry and done!