Valentine's Day Coasters

Valentine's Day will be here before you know it and even though I don't do a lot of decorating for the holiday, this year I thought I'd make some coasters. Why, you ask?  Mostly because I found some old Valentine's Day-themed napkins in the back of the cabinet and thought, why not?  
Let's get started...
These are the main ingredients.  Be sure to peel the layers of your napkins apart so you have only one layer.  The cardboard coasters were in my stash of goodies, and the Mod Podge is the Outdoor formula.  
Begin by brushing a layer of Mod Podge on the cardboard coaster.
Be warned.  This formula is very thick!
After coating the coaster, lay your napkin on it and gently smooth it down.  
Because paper napkins are so thin, I use plastic wrap to smooth out the wrinkles, lumps, and bumps.  
Trim the napkin around the coaster, leaving about a quarter inch of napkin all the way around.
Apply some more Mod Podge around the back edge of the coaster and smooth down the napkin.  
Following the instructions on the jar, allow the coasters to dry and then apply a second coat.  You will need to let them partially dry and smooth down any wrinkles again.  I also did this a third time.  
The instructions recommend 72 hours of dry time, but, let me tell you, this stuff was still tacky!  After a little research, I learned that this was a common problem and the solution was to spray it with some Krylon... 
Which I did...
Problem solved!

The last step was to give the coasters a backing.  I had some self-adhesive cork squares  that worked like a dream.  
The back peeled off and was centered on the back of the coaster.
Easy-Peasy!
And in no time flat, I had a set of 4 coasters for Valentines Day!
How much decorating do you do for Valentine's Day?

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Comments

  1. This is an adorable project. I learned something new with the plastic wrap and Krylon.

    Thanks for sharing. Pinning for future use.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. Plastic wrap keep the thin paper from tearing, and Krylon to the rescue for 'still tacky' Mod Podge!

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  2. Your coasters turned out so cute ~ pinned! I should have used plastic wrap on my last Mod Podge project. Thanks for the tip! I'm visiting from Snickerdoodle. If you are interested, I shared Let it Snow printable #62. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Allyson. Plastic wrap is my secret weapon when it comes to decoupage! I'm on my way to check out your printable.

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  3. What a super cute idea, Ann! And as usual, I am so impressed with your decoupage skills. Fabulous!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It's winter, so time for decoupage...come on Spring, my power tools and spray paint are waiting!

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  4. Very cute idea. With Valentines around the corner, these are perfect. Thanks for sharing at Love Your Creativity.

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  5. Sounds like a great idea if you have the supplies on hand and oh, how festive these will look for the occasion. :)

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    1. It's always amazing what I find when I start digging around, Cathy. Thanks for stopping by...come back again soon!

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  6. Very pretty!! I need to go through all my craft supplies to see exactly what I have now!! Thanks so much for stopping b!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. It's amazing what turns up when you start looking!

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  7. Love your quick and easy Valentine's coasters! Thanks for sharing with us at the Snickerdoodle Link Party - this will be one of my features this Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Roseann. That's so sweet of you!

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  8. What an awesome project that could be done with any holiday napkin!

    Thank you for linking up to Creative Compulsions!
    Michelle
    http://mybijoulifeonline.com

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. All the holidays can be covered with the right napkins!

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  9. I totally love this! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, I'll be featuring you on my blog, Facebook and Instagram!

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    1. That's so sweet of you. Thank you, Tarah!

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