Holiday Gifts for Readers: Homemade Book Page Coasters
The only thing I love nearly as much as reading is a good arts and crafts session. So what could be better than combining my two favorite activities into one fun project? I made these custom book page coasters for friends and family members as gifts for a few occasions this year, and they’ve been a big hit. Not only do they act as thoughtful presents, but they’re cheap! Here’s how you can try it at home:
What you’ll need:
-Passages from your friend’s favorite book, typed out and printed in whatever font you’d like
-A set of 4×4” square bathroom tiles, cleaned and dried (typically around 25 cents or less at Home Depot or any hardware store)
-16 small, round, self-adhesive felt pads, also found at Home Depot or any hardware store (usually come in packs of about 20 or 30)
-A jar of Mod Podge or other decoupage glue from your local craft store
-A few foam paintbrushes from your local craft store
What to do:
1) Firmly press & stick felt pads to the corners on the underside of each tile. This will prevent the coasters from scratching your table.
2) Have your friend choose three of his or her favorite passages from the book. Type these, and the title of the book, out and and print on regular computer paper. The title and the three passage pages will cover each of the four coasters.
3) Carefully cut each passage and the title into squares. You can use the title to measure the size you will need. Make sure the square is covered in text to give it a “book page” feel! You may have to keep trimming to land on the right size.
4) Do the same for the title (see the “Slaughterhouse Five” coaster photo above)
5) Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the top of each coaster. While still wet, carefully affix each square cutout to the top of a tile. Hint: Make sure to smooth out all bumps and bubbles before the glue begins to dry!
6) Brush a thin, even layer of Mod Podge over the top of each affixed book passage. Keep brushing the thin layer until brush strokes are gone. Apply two or three more coats this way until tiles are completely covered. This will help protect it from condensation!
7) Allow to dry, and, voila! Ready for gifting.
Other ideas & hints:
I’ve made these for friends who don’t necessarily love reading or have a favorite book (the horror!), but do have a favorite poem or song. Just print out the poem or lyrics and follow all steps above.
For cute delivery, try stacking the coasters, tying red ribbon around them and attaching a gift tag.
Cassie Lynne is a communications professional by day and an avid reader and writer by night. Her favorite authors include Wally Lamb, Alice Hoffman and Diana Gabaldon. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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