Spring is closer than you think – Adding a little butterfly magic to plain picture front coasters

Posted in DECOR, DIY, GAME ROOM, TABLETOP
on January 23, 2014

I hope everyone is staying warm! It’s been a wee bit frigid here, we’ve got two snow days under our belt already and are on target for another tomorrow. Can you say, “driveway sledding!”. Well, jump up and say “yeah!”, because you just did! Now say… “Mommy is pulling her hair out!” and “I am over winter!”. Now we’re on the same page..

To regain some sanity, I did a teensy bit of crafting today, which resulted in this cute little quickie. 
Ayden and I took a little field trip to Target the other day and came across some fun home accessories, including these mirror front coasters. Ignore my nasty, dry hands. It’s cold. 
Five bucks on clearance – my kinda deal! What’s really fun about them is that the picture is interchangeable. Although we like the fake family pictures (Shay likes to make up stories to explain the ways they are related to us – I know, we’re weird), I wanted to personalize them a bit. 
Truth be told, I’ve been pining away for these agate coasters from West Elm. Despite the new ones I created that I do love, I think these might still be on my birthday wish list – I can’t justify $60 coasters any other way.. 

I’ve also been lusting after these prints, again, from West Elm. I think it might be sort of obvious that I’m just madly in love with West Elm right now in general, but there are worse things, right? 
To satiate my need to have them both, I decided to combine both loves in to one, and came up with these, using my new Target coasters, a gold metallic paint pen, and printed photos. 
I created a single file of four butterfly wing images and printed them out on heavy photo paper. 

Using the fake family photo as a template, I outlined the template on to the photo and cut it out, doubling the length – I wanted to make sure the photo did not shift around when in the built in frame on the coaster. I then folded the design in half, along the marker line.  
I inserted the photo in to the coaster photo frame, fold side down.
Then, painted the beveled edge of the mirror on all four sides, using the metallic paint pen. Then the pen leaked all over the place, because the top began to unscrew itself. Now we look like we’re crafting! 
Although you don’t see the edge all that much, it just added a fun little something, and they look great in the holder. 
The second-to-best part.. I can change out the butterfly wings when ever I feel like it, not to mention umm.. they were five bucks. The absolute best part – the butterfly wings remind me that spring isn’t that far away after all, and in the meantime.. they are perfect for holding my hot cocoa. 
Bring on the snow day. 
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1 Comment

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life)

    Such great idea. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    January 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm Reply
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