Friday, August 5, 2011

SUPER TWEET COASTERS

so...when in lowes...i came across the most fantastic 4" x 4" glass tiles and knew instantly i wanted to do coasters!...plus...it's been a while since i did a little etching...cause we all know i love me some etching!...lol...all packaged up, these make such a cute giftie for housewarmings or whatever!...

 
got out my cricut and songbird cartridge for this project...i love the birdie font and thought that it was the perfect compliment to the robin's egg blue tile color!...using some vinyl...i cut the bird at 3 1/2" inches...then centered the image on the tile...i did't want the sides etched...so i took painter's tape and ran that all around the edges...then piled on a hefty layer of etching cream...let it set for the 5 minutes and rinsed off...

 
using cork contact paper...i cut a square that was a 1/4" inch smaller to put on the bottom...the contact paper had plenty of adhesive....so no extra was needed...that cork's not going anywhere!

 
a little birdie told you me you might want a tutorial...so here ya go!...

grab some glass etching cream...mine came from michaels...a foam brush for application...painters tape...your image cut out of vinyl...and some cork shelf liner....

 
clean off your tile...you gotta make sure all oils and dirt are off!...

 
then slap your vinyl image on the tile...trying to center it...rub all around the edges of the vinyl...you don't want any bubbles or gaps...now...i do have a bubble...but since it's towards the middle of the image...it'll be fine...

 
grab your painters tape and cover the edges...making sure that it's really adhered...you don't want any of the etching cream to seep under...

 
see...egdes are all taped up!...

 
time to apply the etching cream!...

 
keep applying until the whole thing is covered...now...i'm very generous with the cream...if you don't apply enough...it'll be blotchy...better safe than sorry...because you can't re-etch!...

 
after waiting the 5 minutes...or 15 if you forget you're working on a project...like i do most of the time!...lol...take tiles over to your sink...and start to rinse off!...

 
once all the cream is off...peel off your vinyl and painter's tape...when wet...it does not look like much etching is going on...don't panic!....that's normal!...

 
dry off your tiles...

 
now take a lookie!...see...the etched goodness has appeared!...the cream worked it's magic!...

 
taking your cork square...remember...i cut mine 1/4" inch short in both height and width....peel off the backing...

 
and slap on the back of the tile!...press down to make sure it's adhered....and we're done!...

 
i bundled all my coasters up with some ribbon and topped off with another cut from the songbird cartridge...inked up the edges...added a cute sentiment and pop dotted...it's all ready for gift giving!

 
now that this idea is "etched" in your mind...you can do up these for any occasion!...and don't think you only need vinyl...you can use stickers for the shapes...or even just some randomly placed strips of painters tape to make some snazzy stripes!....

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27 comments:

Amy said...

Super cool!

QuiltFrog said...

Another wonderful idea. I can see Christmas gifts starting to make their way on to my list of things I can etch! Thanks for the idea.

LMcBurney said...

Super cute idea! Is contact backed cork shelf liner something you got at Michaels too? I am not familiar with it.

greenbean said...

yeppers...i did get the cork at michaels...but you know what?...i have seen it before at target!...it's with the shelf liners and stuff!...

hope that helps!....

Jean said...

Love these!! I haven't done any etching in some time, may have to get some of these coasters.

A Life Deliberate Soap Co. Blog said...

I WANT SOME!!!!!!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Carolyn/MamaC said...

You make this looks so easy! I have had the stuff to etch since 2008 and haven't used it! You inspire me! Great project!
Carolyn
http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

Lana said...

I have loved this project, since the 1st time you posted pictures of the coasters! I am so glad you did a tutorial of it! After your 1st post of this project, I ran out and bought everything, but the tiles. I love the color of your tiles, but my Lowe's did not have that color. Boo hoo! I am inspired again to go back to Lowe's and look for these tiles! Etching is so adictive! Once you start etching, you look for all sorts of projects to do. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Great idea for a gift and I definitely need to get some of that cork contact paper. Thanks for linking up to this week's BFF@

amr3mommy said...

These are beautiful but when I went to Lowes and asked for help finding glass tiles they looked at me like I had two heads! Finally they said they don't carry them anymore. Sounded like a way to get rid of me. Can you give me some guidance with where in the store I might find them myself? :)

greenbean said...

amr3mommy....mine still carries 'em...so they still should be at yours....take a looksie in the area with all the ceramic single tiles....they're mixed in with those....the glass ones also come on brown and green......

Newbie2crafting said...

wow this a great idea! thanks so much for sharing.

Dana
Danascraftycorner.blogpsot.com

Jill said...

I'm in love with tile coasters right now! I'm going to have to give this one a try!

Mimi said...

I love your coasters! I have been making some with maps but this is so classy! I love that little birdie too! And never ever thought about using etching cream on one. I'll be back at Lowe's tomorrow! Thanks so much for sharing. These are really fun

Mimi

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

This is Great and thanks for the tutorial! :-)

Nadia said...

Another GB project to pin! Lovely for a gift!!!

Artsy VaVa said...

That is fantastic!!!

Lulu Lane Designs said...

Love it! I am usually just etching on wine glasses and such but I should definately try these coasters! :)

Jamie said...

ADORABLE!! Love the little birdies. If you get a chance I would love you to link your coasters up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Rhiannon said...

such a cute little gift! love the etching tutorial too.

rebknitz said...

I saw these on Pinterest this morning and have since scanned through every single one of your posts since the very beginning. Love your ideas :-)

Anne-Marie said...

This project turned out super cute! And it looks so simple too. Now I my mind is racing thinking about what in my house I could etch! LOL!

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

I love this and I LOVE that you've been shopping for craft supplies at the hardware store... I love getting stuff there! I'm your newest follower too, btw! : )

Melody Lane Designs said...

I love this Idea thanks for sharing. I'm so glad I found this blog.

Happy Find said...

Oh my goodness! So easy! This is a great idea for holiday gifts. Thank you!!!!

A Life Deliberate Soap Co. Blog said...

I just want you to know that I still use the ones you made for me, every day. I love them. Because you inspired me, I am (as we speak) etching some 2x2 glass tiles to make refrigerator magnets. I hope it works. Squee.

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