Every once in a while, I will have an amazingly awesome idea for a project. However, this idea was not entirely my own. One weekend while at my parents house, I was trying to come up with some quick craft ideas. My brain was mush and I could not think of anything worthy of my time. Lucky for me, my parents are pretty creative people themselves and my Dad piped up with the idea of making carpet coasters. Genius! I took the idea and ran with it. (Thanks, Dad!)
After some more deliberating, I decided that the carpet needed to be a fairly thin, low pile piece so that glasses would be able to easily sit on top without spilling. It also needed to be cheap and waterproof. Here’s what I rounded up to make the carpet coasters:
- Indoor/outdoor carpet
The indoor/outdoor carpet I chose was just a very simple (and inexpensive) dark gray style that would go with most decor. I made sure that the bottom of it had a waterproof rubber backing, since I wanted to prevent any sweat from glass beverages coming contact with a table. The rubber also helps to hold all of the fibers in place after the carpet is cut.
To make your own, first use the open end of a mug and trace around it onto the back of the rug with a pen to create the shape of the coaster. You could choose any shape for your coaster, but I preferred mine to be round.
Next, using sharp scissors, cut out your shape.
In just a few minutes, you can have a set of four coasters cut and ready to go!
If you are making these coasters as a gift, you can continue to cut out sets from the existing carpet piece. However, I just needed four coasters, so I decided to cut the rough rug end to match the other and it is now perfectly useful in front of our door. So, nothing is wasted!
Aren’t these great? You could place them on an end table or coffee table to give your guests a spot for their drink or use them outside during a bbq. So easy and useful!
If you get ambitious, you could even add some fun designs, like stripes or polka dots with paint in a contrasting color to make these babies pop! Plus, there are tons of neat patterns and colors for indoor/outdoor rugs for you to choose from!
This post was originally published at Domestically Speaking on February 29, 2015.
Can you believe that the first month of 2016 is more than half way over? Me either. And that means that the lovey-dovey holiday in February is close by. I know some people hate sharing all of the feels on Valentine’s Day, but for the true lovers out there, I’ve whipped up a fun and quick DIY Moss Valentine & Printable.
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Why moss you ask? Well, I like it and it reminds me of Spring. And warmth. And new life. Unlike this weird and cold winter we are experiencing here in the Midwest. To make your own, first print out your free printable at the bottom of the page. You will also need:
- Peel and Stick Mossy Mat
- Pen or Pencil
First, cut out the cards (along the center lines), as well as the heart template with scissors. Next, use the pen/pencil to trace around the heart template on the back of the moss mat. Then, cut out the mossy heart, peel off the backing, and attach it to the card. That’s it! These cards should fit easily into a normal 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″ invitation envelope. I am planning to send a couple of these along with my son for his preschool teachers! Download yours for FREE in The Gallery!
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Have your finished all of your holiday shopping? We still have a few more things to get and then we will start the wrapping process. I always love to see all of the pretty presents, decorated with ribbons and bows.
And I love a fun gift tag to finish everything off.
This year, I created vintage Christmas gift tags using a few images from The Graphics Fairy and some Christmas song lyrics.
Just cut them out, punch a hole in the top, and attach to your gifts with a little string.
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Welcome to 5 Minute Friday. This is a weekly post where we share quick tips, projects, and recipes that can all be completed in 5 minutes or less! The topic this week is Feather Christmas Ornament.
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This is probably one of easiest, yet elegant ornaments you could possibly make. And it actually only takes about one minute (or less!) to complete each one, so that makes it a major score in my book.
You will need:
Remove the top piece from the ornament. (I chose plastic because… Kids, Puppy, Cat.)
Insert one white feather. (Depending on the size of the feather, you may want to cut it down a bit. Or not.) If needed, use a pencil or something similarly slim to move the feather around inside of the ornament until it is situated to your liking. Replace top piece.
Attach ornament hanger.
And you are done! Super easy, right? I love the way these ornaments look on a Christmas tree. They are very simple, but the light reflects perfectly off of the ball. It kind of gives them an ethereal presence.
We’ve had these pretty ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree for over 10 years and they are still one of our favorites! Check back soon to see our Christmas tree all decked out for the holidays.
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