We were lucky enough to be asked to take part in Annalea Hart's “Gifts From The Heart” guest-hosting series this week.
I chose to share this craft with all of her lovely readers and now I'm sharing it with all of you!
Altered Coaster Valentine Art
Supplies you will need:
* patterned cardstock paper
* vinyl or sticker words/images
* glue stick
* glue gun
* sanding block/sandpaper
Start by wiping off the smooth face of the coasters you are going to use.
If you get them from a thrift store like I did, you will want to clean them thoroughly before handling them.
Run the glue stick all over the top of the coaster, making sure to get all of the corner edges as well.
Press the coasters onto the back of the patterned paper and hold tightly until the glue starts to dry. Press all around the edges to ensure a good, tight seal.
Once the glue is dry, cut around each coaster and start to sand the edges of the paper off. You will want to do this over a bag or the garbage, as the sanding causes lots of paper dust.
While sanding, you can rough-up the edges as well. If your paper has a white core, it will end up looking like these. If you want a darker edge, now is the time to ink, chalk or sponge-paint around the edges to get the look you want.
Decide where you want to add your vinyl/stickers and apply them to the coasters.
Now, lay out your ribbon and decide where you want to hot glue the coasters.
If your ribbon is plain, this wont matter. Since I was using polka-dot ribbon, I wanted to make sure that the dots were spaced evenly underneath and in the middle of the coasters.
Use the hot glue gun to glue the coasters to the ribbon.
Finish the bottom end by cutting out a V-shape and make the top into any hanging shape you like best. Be sure to cut the ends of the tied ribbon in a V-shape as well, as it adds detail and the finishing touch.
Once everything is glued and tied and cut, it is ready to hang!
This project can be altered in so many ways to make it exactly how you like it!
You can change the colors, the paper, the ribbon, the words -- anything for any occasion.
I made a second version with the letters L O V E, so I could keep it hanging in my house all year long!
I chose yellow and white paper with black and white polka-dot ribbon to match the rest of the décor in my house.
This really is a fun and quick craft and is simple enough that your kids can help, or even make their own!
Now go.... be creative!
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