Today’s Change: Laugh Off Mistakes
Sometimes you have a few cocktails, you get the lush flush and you decide to do arts and crafts. No? You have never done that? Hmmmm… well you are probably wiser for it. I wish you had been here to tell me step away from the glue and glitter and to wipe the Cabernet stains off of my mouth.
I hate always rummaging through my make up bag trying to find all of my brushes. What a pain in the ass. Throw a few drinks in me and I thought I was a genius for coating my make up brushes in gold glitter. While it is true that they will be easier to find, WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST DO?!?! Great now I have chunky make up brushes that look like they belong in Nicki Minaj’s purse. Oh well, it is time to own it. Go big or go home right? So to top it off I made an equally tacky cup for them so they are easily accesible for use. Thank goodness I have giant basketball player hands to be able to wrap them around these big ol’ brushes. Sometimes things aren’t a mistake but only a change in plans. So today I am owning it and my new Lady Gaga make up brush set. Hooray!
Ok I admit it, I am an adult. These days I give my friends and family practical gifts. I care about leaving rings on coffee tables at parties and sometimes even in my own home. Shocker! Still, practicality doesn’t have to be hideous. Make your own coasters that are fashionable as well as functional. My girlfriend Bridget came over to do a practice run for the November Crafty Beavers event. We cracked open a bottle of wine, cranked up the Diana Ross, turned on the hilarious fireplace t.v. and crafted under the influence. For added cheekiness I took photos of our crafting on our ringed coffee table.
Warning: GLITTER GETS EVERYWHERE! In fact, I left the glitter out on the table and my cats got into it and tracked it all over my house while we were sleeping. Eight hours of kitty glitter mischief is near impossible to clean up.
Supplies you will need: 4 inch white tile, Mod Podge, foam brush, paint dish, scissors, sheet of black felt, glitter, Polyurethane (spray or liquid version) and a 2-3 inch deep container. You could also use scrapbook paper (see above leopard print scrapbook paper), old photographs or thin fabric.
First you need to felt the backside of each tile. You want to protect your furniture not to mention hide the ugly back. Cut the felt down so it is a bit smaller than your tile. It should not be sticking out beyond the sides. Pour Mod Podge on a paint tray or plate. Use the foam brush to apply M.P. to the back of the tile. Place the felt onto the back and firmly press it down into the grooves. You are doing this first so you don’t mess up your glitter job putting felt on the back.
Pour an ample amount of glitter into your container. Flip over your tile and brush Mod Podge onto the front and sides. Place your tile face down into the dish of glitter. Use your fingers to push glitter onto the sides. Remove the tile and let it dry for an hour. You may need to reapply a layer of Mod Podge and repeat the glitter application to fill in holes.
(If you prefer to use an old photo, scrapbook paper or thin fabric apply it to the front of the tile instead of the glitter)
Once you have the desired amount of glitter on your dried tile apply one more layer of M.P. You want to secure the top layer of glitter. If you wish to have a glossier, smoother surface you can swipe on a top coat of Polyurethane. You can get the poly at your local hardware store. I have also heard that Mod Podge makes an “outdoor’ version which is water proof. This would work as well and probably easier than the poly. Let dry and enjoy your new, fabulous coasters!