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|Entertaining Made Lovely: Coasters make functional place cards, gifts and party favors|
Summer is ramping up, which means weddings and dinner parties galore! Most of these occasions call for place cards, hostess gifts or favors. If you're looking for a fun + functional (functional) idea, personalized DIY coasters might be right up your alley.
1. Go to your local tile shop and purchase some basic white tiles (in whatever quantity you prefer). They usually go for around 15-20 cents each. I recommend Tile and Stone Warehouse in Merriam.
2. Next, visit your local craft or scrapbooking store and pick up some Modge Podge, felt and polyacrylic protective finish sealing spray. Feel free to download and print the coaster art I created, or you can pick up some scrapbooking papers in your favorite patterns and colors. I recommend The ScrapBook Page in Shawnee or K and Co. in Kansas City for good paper selections.
3. Cut out your paper to just under 4-by-4-inch squares (if you want a tile border like mine).
4. Next, use the foam brush to spread a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the tiles and then center a square of paper on the top, smoothing any bubbles out with your fingertips.
Audrey Kuether is the creative force behind Oh So Lovely, a Kansas City-based graphic design, photography and event planning company. She specializes in wedding design, photography and styling and planning. She lends her entertaining expertise every month for KC Magazine's Web-only "Entertaining Made Lovely" blog.