Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chalkboard Coasters

Ok, so remember my new fav vinyl?

I made some cute chalkboard coasters with it.  Yay!


And...I've done a little tutorial for you guys with it!

I started with 4"x4" travertine tiles from Home Depot.  They will be very dusty from being in the store, so make sure you clean them off really good.

Next, I used my Silhouette to cut cute frames from the chalkboard vinyl. I resized the frames to just under 4" so that they fit comfortably on the tiles.



FYI- I only used the inside of the frames for the coasters.

 I bought this vinyl from a supplier on Etsy and it's thicker than I had anticipated.  So, you will have to change your Silhouette setting to Silhouette Printable Magnet Sheet ( I don't know why I chose this setting, but it seemed like it would be thick like the chalkboard vinyl...and it worked!).  

To change your Silhouette settings:
- go to the Send to Silhouette icon on the tool bar
- #3 Current Settings
- Click on Change Settings
- Scroll down until you find the setting you need
- Click on Send to Silhouette

Now that you've printed out your vinyl, you are ready to apply it to your tile!

I usually use transfer paper to apply my vinyl, but with this project I thought it was easier not to.


I just estimated where the center of my tile was and placed the vinyl.  Easy peasy!

To finish them off, I added small self-adhesive cork circles to the bottom of each tile in all four corners so that they don't scratch the furniture.  I forgot to take a pic of this step....sorry.  I got the cork circles at The Dollar Tree.

That's it!  You have an adorable set of coasters either for you or as a gift!



Want to do-it-yourself, but don't have a Silhouette?  No problem, I can send you the vinyl frames for $6.00...free shipping!

If you'd like to purchase a finished set of the coasters, they will be listed in my Etsy shop for $12.00 + $5.00 shipping.

I'm linking up to the Weekend WrapUp Linky Party at Tater Tots and Jello.


And...I'm so excited...my friend, Amanda, from Serenity Now has featured my coasters in her Weekend Bloggy Reading Linky Party!!!!  Ahhh!!!!  Thanks, Amanda!!!


Hugs!

4 comments:

  1. Hi, Dawn! I just wanted to let you know I featured your post today for my Weekend Bloggy Reading. :)

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  2. Cute project! I'm wondering if you could also use chalkboard paint on coasters.

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  3. Love these!!!

    Susan

    http://journalingmywaythrough2010.blogspot.com/

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