These coasters were the easiest gifts I have ever made for Dylan’s family. I love being creative with gifts that are personalized and unique. I find that it shows that I care and that I put effort into putting together a gift for someone. Anyone can go out and get a gift card (don’t get me wrong, a gift card is a great gift too), but I enjoy creating something worth while.
I originally watched a video on YouTube about transferring photos onto wood plaques to hang on the wall. So I wanted to put my own spin on it and create little log photo coasters.
It was actually quite simple to do, even though it looks complicated! I did put together a youtube video so you guys can watch the whole process too! Scroll to the bottom of this post to watch it 🙂
Here are the things you are going to need to complete this project:
- Log/Wood pieces for the coasters – I got Dylan to slice up my log for me but I am pretty sure you can purchase these pieces at Michaels, or buy them off Amazon.
- Mod Podge – great crafting glue, many different variations, I used the satin gloss finish. You can pick it up at michaels, walmart or here on Amazon.
- Paint Brushes – any small paint brushes will work.
- Photos – It is extremely important that you print your photos using a LASER PRINTER. The majority of us have ink printers which will not work. Go to staples and get your photos printed there. Ask for thin paper too! You can use colour photos too but I preferred the look of black and white.
Here are the steps:
- Cut photos to fit onto the smooth log slices (I had Dylan sand the heck out of the log so that they were flat and smooth).
- Paint a VERY thick layer of mod podge to the wood pieces.
- Press the photo face down onto the glue.
- Smooth out any air bubbles using a card.
- Let sit for at least 8 hours (I left mine overnight).
- Drape a wet cloth over them for 5 minutes
- Lightly scrub the paper away in circular motions. Make sure you scrub lightly!! … oh and sorry about the mess this makes hehe
- Keep letting them dry and wiping the paper away until there is no white fuzz left on them!
- I used a clear wood glaze coat on top to make them shine (optional).