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I've been meaning to tackle this project for a couple of months now (does that ever happen to you?) and the day has finally come for these DIY coasters and trivets to have their day in the sun. Here's the story... I picked up a Flor tile from a local shop months ago when I was buying some other pretty random items (like these tiny spoons) and knew exactly what I would make with it. Coasters and trivets, naturally.
I kind of feel like I may be the only person to pick up ONE lone carpet tile and think, 'Perfect! That's all I need. Just one.'. But that's what happened and one REALLY was all I needed. Which brings me to today's DIY. I wanted to create a color blocked coaster design...something simple, but still interesting. And after Linda and I started cutting these little guys, it hit me....what about an abstract moon phases design. Done!
It's much easier to do the moon phases with a straight line, as opposed to a curved crescent shape. It creates a more abstract / subtle color blocked design. So that's what we did. And you can make your own set too, if you're game. Full tutorial below...
- wood rounds (4 inch for coasters 7 inch for trivets)
- low profile carpet tile (mine is by Flor, which I purchased at a local store for $8)
- sharp cutting blade (I like this one)
- strong glue (I used super glue)
- ruler or straightedge
1. Place a wood round on top of the carpet tile and use it as a template to cut out a circle that is the same size as the wood. If you're having trouble making the cut this way, you can trace the wood with a pencil and then cut with a blade following the pencil line.
2. Next, use a straight edge to create a clean line across the circle at the desired point. You'll want to place the ruler right where you'll want the color to change. So if you're doing moon phases, like ours, you'll want to change the position of each circle to a slightly larger or smaller area for the cut line.
3. Then flip one of the pieces over to the opposite side (exposing the black rubbery surface). This will represent the empty space of each moon phase. Or as I like to call it, the abstract galaxy of crafting.
4. Next, glue both pieces of the circle to the wooden round that you used in step 1. And you're done!
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the remainder of the moon phases that you want to create.
Budget Breakdown: Just in case you're curious, the total cost of materials was about $17. Nine bucks for all of the wood rounds and eight dollars for the carpet tile (we already had the ruler, glue, and cutting blade - so those weren't counted in the cost breakdown). One 20 inch square of carpet tile made a total of 3 trivets and 7 coasters! Which means each finished piece cost less than $2 to make. Not to shabby.
Crafting assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
What do you think? Are you into the color blocked / moon phases pattern?
Adding a little sparkle to your Tuesday with a glittery color blocked gift bag idea, that will only take a few minutes to make.
Stuff these little bags with candies, cookies, jewelry, and more. Then, give them as affordable (but homemade) gifts to your friends for Valentine's Day, birthdays, etc.
You can pair them with a batch of macaron and marshmallow sandwiches, homemade candied blood oranges, or heart shaped peppermint patties. Once they're dry, fill the bags with your friend's favorite sweets (or salty snacks) and you're good to go.
They're so fast to make, you could easily throw these together last minute, if you're pressed for time or are a little forgetful and need a go-to idea at the last possible moment. Been there!
Visit Project Wedding for more photos and the full tutorial.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
P.S. If you're looking for a good glitter source, this set is the best. There are tons of different colors and the glitter quality (is that a thing?!?) is a definite thumbs up.
For more V-Day project ideas like this one, visit the Valentine's Day DIY page.
Recently, I've been on a cutting board / breadboard kick. Which is a pretty weird and specific kick to be on, I realize. But it's true.
So, I've started collecting a handful of 'em over the last year or so, just for fun.
So, to rectify that, I am sharing the quick and easy tutorial today for a little color blocked cutting board that you can use during the upcoming holidays, for entertaining, or any other time of year. Makes a great gift for a cook or foodie too!
1. Map out the area of the board you want to add paint to (I recommend the handle area, so it doesn't come in contact with food). Then tape off the area where you don't want paint to adhere to the surface, all the way around the board, with painter's tape.
2. Spray 1-2 coats of spray paint over the board, letting the paint dry in between coats, according to instructions on the can. Once dry, flip over and repeat the process on the back of the board.
3. Add a spray sealant or matte medium to seal the paint.
4. Remove painter's tape and it's ready to use.
So simple! I love the rich teal color with the dark wood, but lighter colors would look great too...maybe a light grey, mint, or white.
Entertaining Idea: You could layer the board up with meats and cheeses, and use it as more as a platter as well, since it's a pretty decent size. Be sure to add these leather DIY cheese markers too, if you do.
Pear + Goat Cheese Crostinis
1. Cutup a baguette into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Then toast in the oven for about 5 minutes, at 350 degrees.
2. Remove from the oven and spread each slice with goat cheese.
3. Then, cut a pear into slices. Add a slice or two to each piece of toast.
4. Drizzle with honey and add a sprig of rosemary.
These are delicious. And SO easy....which makes them a go-to for the holiday entertaining season.
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
What do you think? Would this bread board make a good gift for someone that you know?