A few years ago, long before baby K and on the heels of a play date for miss R, I decided to turn our dining room into a playroom. The first couple years of R’s life included A LOT of toy pileup in our living room (still my reality) and I was determined to create a kid-friendly space of her own. That afternoon, I moved loads of impossibly heavy furniture, rearranged dressers and bookshelves, and curated various art areas. I shocked Mr. T with our new setup when he arrived home that evening (I’ve never been able to wait for help when I have an idea that needs setting in motion).
Three years later, toys still litter our floors and I spend way too much time tidying rooms before imminent and perpetual kid-nadoes. But one thing the playroom has allowed for is wall space for R’s artwork. My girl is prolific, creating several pieces each day. I don’t keep everything, but I do my best to hold onto our favorites (which are plentiful). The above picture shows a mere fraction of the drawings and paintings on display, many created more than three years ago. The wall is at full-capacity — and plastic portfolios, binders and photo books are also swelling with artwork — so every now and then I come up with new ways to memorialize my little artiste‘s growing oeuvre. Enter: DIY Coasters from Upcycled Art.
I’ve used this very technique to make photo coasters before, and it rendered equally lovely results. Just make sure the artwork you’re upcycling is sturdy (made on card stock or heavy paper), otherwise it will crinkle or tear when gluing and setting.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- old paintings or drawings on heavy-duty paper
- blank tiles in any color (can be purchased from a hardware or craft store
- Mod Podge
- foam brush
- acrylic sealer (optional)
- felt pads or cork for bottom of coaster
WHAT YOU DO:
- Cut your artwork to fit the tile.
- Using a foam brush, coat your tile and the back of your cut artwork with mod podge and adhere artwork to tile.
- Apply a coat of mod podge on top of the artwork, making sure all edges are coated. Let dry and repeat 1-2 more times.
- When dry, seal with acrylic spray (if available).
- Apply self-stick felt pads or cork pieces to the corners of your coaster’s bottom. Some of my coasters are double-sided (baring artwork on both sides) and therefore without felting — I figure the paper is protection enough.
- You’re done!
Do you have any unique ideas for preserving, upcycling or utilizing your kid’s artwork?