Have you ever seen those paper doilies they sell at dollar-theme and craft stores? They look similar to real doilies – the kind your grandma used to make – but they’re cheap and made from paper. Still, they have the unique, lacy patterns of real doilies but cost a couple of pennies each. That makes them ideal for creating unique coasters as gifts or for use around your own home. Since the doilies are available in large or smaller sizes you will, of course, need the smaller size to make coasters.
When it comes to coasters with a theme you can pay plenty at a store! But, when you use doilies to make them yourself a whole set is cheaper than one of those store-bought versions! Decide on the theme you want the coasters to have then use a number of technique choices to make it happen.
Magazines give you limitless possibilities when creating coasters with a theme. Cutting pictures from magazines means you can make motorcycle coasters, ones that feature antique vehicles, cartoon characters, famous people and much more. Another option is to cut pictures from a calendar, travel brochure, the front or back cover of a coloring book or even newspaper articles. Still other images can be printed out on your home computer. With this technique, you can attach icons and other images – and even use decorative paper as the background.
Glue or tape the images to the centers of the doilies. Now laminate the entire thing. If you don’t have a laminating machine you can simply press the doily and picture between two pieces of clear contact paper. Trim around the edges of the doily to remove excess laminate.
Make a more impressive version of the same coaster by using inexpensive, metal rings from a craft store. Glue a ring around the image, allow it to dry, then trim the excess doily off around the ring. Make sure the rings you choose will accommodate most any set of glasses.
The theme coasters make fabulous gifts. If you know of something that a friend or family member likes you can easily make it the theme for the coaster set. Any recipient would love a set of coasters that feature one of his or her favorite topics! They make the perfect gift for a kids, parents, grand parents – anyone!