One of my favorite things to do is shop the Bric-a-Brac section at thrift stores. I am ecstatic when I find a discarded piece of unique pottery, a simple vase, or a set of vintage place mats.
Recently, I found this set of tiles – each one only $0.99 and in the same shade of aquamarine blue that we use as an accent color in our living room. As I looked at them, I thought they would make terrific coasters, with a bit of modification.
I stopped at Michael’s to pick up an 8×10 piece of dark brown felt (our coffee table is a walnut brown, so thought it would be good to go with a darker color so the felt wouldn’t be noticeable) for only $0.29.
Here’s what you do:
- Cut felt to match the measurements of the underside of tile. I stayed a few millimeters short of the edge so the felt would be hidden. In this case, my felt pieces were 4 1/8″ and my tiles were 4 1/4″.
- Use a hot glue gun to secure the felt to the tile. I started by securing the middle first, then glued the edges, one long corner at a time. Stay near the edge of the tile so the felt is completely secured without any gaps.
- Trim away any excess glue and VOILA! instant coaster! Use them as a household decoration for yourself, or make a chic and homemade housewarming gift for a friend.
Tip: You could also use thin cork matting as a backing. Felt was less expensive and, I found, adapted to the ridges of the tile better.
Cost: $4.50 for a set our four coasters! Now that is a thrifty craft!