Saturday, December 2, 2017

Believe Coasters DIY

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

I've have teamed up with a wonderful group of talented bloggers to bring to your our best Christmas ideas to help make your holiday season festive and fun!  Everyday between Dec. 1-12th, we will share our best Christmas ideas ranging from crafts, recipes, games, décor, tree trimming and so much more! Be sure to stop by every day during this event  to visit our fellow bloggers below for even more creative ideas to make your season brighter. 

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It's Day 2 and we're sharing a craft or recipe that's related to our favorite Christmas Movies!

Are you finally in the holiday spirit with all the Christmas movies that's out there these days? I grew up watching Christmas classics like Miracle on 34th St. and It's a Wonderful Life, mainly because in those days there was an element of tv fascination -  it was new and the shows were all in black and white, and not a huge variety, so we watched the same movies over and over.  However, I do have fond memories of those times watching and enjoying those movies, but today, there're so many wonderful Christmas movies that can be included in someone's Christmas all time favorites. 

Right now, I love  watching the Hallmark Channel with its' Countdown to Christmas movies!    It's almost like binge watching!  I usually have the Christmas movies on while I craft and it's a wonderful way to create! The newer Hallmark Christmas movies  come on in the evening and as an added treat, it's like having a date night or movie night with popcorn and all the trimmings! After all, most of Hallmark Christmas movies have an underlying romantic theme involved anyway!

 While thinking about how I can create a craft related to Christmas movies, one common thread in most Christmas movies no matter if it's serious or funny, is the fact that in the end, Christmas is about believing and the power of that belief. Those uplifting moments allowing us to remember what it feels like to believe in something - miracles, magic and optimism, etc..  You just have to Believe!  So I came up with something very simple in wording and a reminder  for all of us to just believe  -   I made a simple gift of handmade decoupage coasters with the wording "Believe." Coasters make a great gift for just about anyone! So simple and inexpensive to make.

I found a plain set of cork coasters at the Goodwill that I could re-purpose!

Materials needed: 

  • Paper Napkins
  • Cork
  • Mod Podge
  • White Acrylic paint
  • Black sharpie

Let's begin by painting one side of the cork. These corks already had a solid plain layer on one side. But you can use regular cork  squares and glue on cardboard the same size
Paint the cardboard side with white acrylic paint.

While the paint is drying separate the layers of the napkins and use the top or printed layer.
Next, coat a layer of mod podge over the dry painted coaster and place the printed layer of napkin on top.
Use plastic wrap to smooth out the wrinkles and edges.
Allow the mod podge and napkin to dry. Once dry add another layer of mod podge and let dry.
Remove the excess napkin by scraping off the sides with sandpaper. Make sure the sides are free of napkin residue. 
Run a black marker along the sides to enhance the coloring.

And finally,seal with a waterproof varnish to protect the finish. Makes for a lovely gift!

Be sure to visit our fellow 12 Days of Christmas Bloggers above for even more creative ideas this holiday season!


  1. Gail -- I ADORE these!! I love working with napkins and I have a big roll of cork in my craft room and Mod Podge and guess what I'm going to be making?! These are beautiful and I love your idea of using the plastic wrap to smooth!! Pinning my dear!

  2. These are so beautiful and so clever! I am definitely going make these!

  3. I love your Believe coasters, Gail! You always find such great ways to use Mod Podge and napkins. Lovely!

  4. Oh my goodness Gail, those coasters are beautiful! I have never thought to use napkins, that's a brilliant idea!


  5. Never thought of using napkins. Now I'm digging through my napkin stash, of course. I, too, get sucked into the Hallmark Christmas Movies vortex and then wonder why my husband isn't more romantic. Lol!

  6. How cute these are and so affordable. They would make a lovely gift. Keep up the good work Gail. You have endless ideas.

  7. Love, love, love these. I'm needing some Christmas coasters and these would be perfect.

  8. I believe! I have been on the look for some coasters to redo from my local thrift store.

  9. I love how these turned out, they are so beautiful for Christmas!

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  11. These are so pretty and festive. What a great idea to have Christmas coasters.


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