Do you have someone especially difficult to buy for? Or do you just want to give something thoughtful, that you made with your own two hands? I've got a quick and easy tutorial for you, for something that pretty much everyone needs: Coasters.
Not just any coasters, CUSTOM coasters.
Here is the supply list:
I ended up using 2 coats of ORB to get the color and coverage I was looking for. I did need to sand down the edges once, because I was impatient and turned them over before they were fully dry (rookie mistake - doh!)
I loved the horseshoe label here!
Another elephant. And I just really liked the parrot.
Once everything was dry and pretty waterproof from the MP, I sprayed on two coats of the non-yellowing clear poly. I know some people like those thirsty-stone kind of coasters, but I've always found that the stone chills down with the liquid, and leaves a ring on the furniture anyway! Much nicer to just swab or tip the liquid out of a saucer I say...
After your clearcoat is dry, you want to make sure you protect that furniture! I found some small felt circles in the craft section of the Dollar Tree and used those on the bottoms of the coasters. They were pretty thin, so I doubled them up to get good coverage. They slid across my coffee table nicely before I figured out what the boys were doing and put the kibosh on coaster hockey. After all, these were supposed to be a gift!!
I had originally thought to tie these up with some jute twine and put a cute handmade tag on, but the project pretty much emptied my brain of creative resources, so I opted for a gift bag and lots of tissue paper.
I'm happy to report that my SIL loved the coasters. Even my bro thought they were cool. I think I'll put these on my go-to for DIY gifts from now on...