Atlas Coasters

I decided we needed new coasters.  While my bright blue polka dot coasters were so cute in college, they don’t quite fit anymore.  But have you seen the prices on pretty coasters?  Ridiculous. Ryan tells me I have expensive taste. I tell him it’s a good thing he’s handy then, because he can make things for me.

Or in this case I took got together with Pinterest, a thrift store, and our craft supplies cupboard and came up with a plan.

I bought coasters at the thrift store that were the heft and shape and material I wanted, and an old atlas from the book section.  You could also buy 4″ tiles and cork backing at a hardware store, but it was cheaper to buy ugly tile coasters at Goodwill since I was going to cover them anyway.

DSC_0300Then I took out my trusty bottle of Mod Podge (Someday I will own every. single. variety.) and a went to town cutting out maps. Just for kicks, I cut maps from places we’ve been or lived.  I cut bigger squares and then tore them down to size because I liked the torn edge better than the crisp cut edge.

DSC_0301Once I had the maps cut, I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on the tiles, laid the maps down, and brushed a nice generous layer over the top. I ended up putting two coats of Mod Podge on top. It dries pretty fast, so once I had finished all seven with one coat, I could start back at the beginning and brush them with the second coat.

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I finished them up with three coats of polyurethane (leftover from a wood project of Ryan’s) to seal them against water and heat. The poly doesn’t withstand high heats, but for the occasional mug it works great.

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Here is the results.  You could do any variation of a theme with this. Fashion magazine pages, Nat Geo pages, photos, anything.

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