During my twenties and early thirties at-home entertaining was pretty much one of my favorite things to plan for a Sunday afternoon or weekday evening. Sure, if we all met up at a bar or restaurant no one had to plan a menu, spend too much money buying groceries, make sure their house was clean or begrudgingly lean over the kitchen sink doing dishes for hours as everyone else settled into long slightly inebriated conversations about life and love and art. BUT there is something so special about hosting your loved ones at your home.
As I approach my middle (okay, I’ll be honest late) thirties I’ve become a bit more calculated when I throw get-togethers at my place. Things I never thought of when I was younger like moving the bar out of the kitchen so that it wasn’t a cluster of people trying to make drinks in the same space where someone was cooking or taking my mom’s suggestion of having disposable paper towels in the bathroom so people don’t have to dry their hands on a wet towel have become integral parts of gatherings at my house now.
In the past all of my furniture was either found on the street, bought at thrift store or purchased at Ikea but now that some of my pieces of furniture are a bit more fragile I’ve enlisted coasters to protect them against sweaty glasses filled with margaritas or over-heated mugs of coffee. Of course since I’m a die-hard DIYer, I couldn’t just buy some run-of-the-mill coasters, I had to make my own! I created these coasters in under an hour using my Sizzix die cutting machine.
So if like me, you’re totally over having guests leave rings on your coffee table, make these coasters so you can spend less time worrying about damage to your furniture and more time hanging out with your friends and family. Because, in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about… those precious few moments of intimate connection with the people we love the most. Cheers!
WHAT TO GET:
-Circle Sizzix dies
*If you don’t have a Sizzix machine you can cut the circles by hand but it takes some serious extra time.
-White acrylic paint
-Magazines or decorative paper. I used one of my favorite magazines, Uppercase because they have so many awesome patterns and colors on their pages.
-Four square pieces of wood (You can cut your own wood or get these ones so you don’t have to deal with cutting of sanding)
WHAT TO DO:
1. Paint your coasters.
3. Follow the instructions that came with your Sizzix machine to cut tons of circles in different sizes from your magazine clippings. If you don’t have a Sizzx you can cut the circles by hand but it’ll take a while, so settle in with a good podcast or movie. One of the things I love about my Sizzix machine is that I can cut several layers of perfect circles quickly. You can see in the photos below that I cut several layers of paper at once.
5. Paint gloss medium on one of the coasters and begin placing your circles on it. I placed the largest circles first and then used the smaller ones to fill in the space. Once the circles are placed on the coaster, paint another layer of gloss medium on top.