Hey there, Blissfully Ever After readers! I’m Jenn from Home Style Report and I’m so excited to be one of the new contributors here! I’ll be sharing my latest DIY project here every month.
With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it would be nice to share something that could be easily, and cheaply, replicated for stocking stuffers. It could also work great as a co-worker or neighbor gift paired with a nice bottle of wine.
If you’re like me, you like anything monogram, but not the added cost that comes along with it. Since coasters are a great universal gift, I decided to try my hand at personalizing some of my own.
For this project you’ll need some type of clay (I prefer Sculpey), rubber stamps, a gold sharpie, wax paper, and a cookie sheet. I found that two packages of clay could make 5 to 6 coasters, however, they are much thinner than most regular coasters. I choose to cut the edges free hand since I tend to gravitate towards a slightly imperfect look. If you want something more consistent you could easily make a template out of card board. While, I like the standard square shape, I think I’ll try a hex pattern next time.
The steps are pretty easy but I did learn a few things through trial and error.
You’ll first want to divide the block of clay in half. Then start kneading the clay, after a while the warmth from your hands will get to a point where it’s easy to work with, and later cut. Once it’s pliable, roll it into a ball and set it on a sheet of wax paper. Using something cylindrical (I used a wine bottle without a wrapper), flatted out the ball on the wax paper. I would also recommend placing a second sheet of wax paper over top the clay, as I had issues with the clay sticking to the wine bottle.
All that’s left to do is to cut your clay to your desired shape. Keep in mind, the diameter of a soda can or glass, this will help you with the sizing (I actually grabbed another coaster we had around the house to use as a rough sizing guide so I wouldn’t make them too small). Depending on the look you are going after, you may want to smooth out the edges after you make your cuts. I didn’t go crazy with this step, but the clay can still made a semi sharp edge. If it’s your first time working with this clay then I would recommend taking your time with this step until you get a feel for how it dries.
Then just stamp on your letter/s and they are set to go in the oven. I baked mine for 15 minutes at 275 degrees. After they cool down, grab your Sharpie and get your gold on! All that’s left is to tie them up with a nice bow!
I’m convinced that using Sculpey clay to hand make a gift is one of the best ways to make gift giving special, while staying on budget. I was able to make 5 coasters and two napkin rings from two packages of clay. For less that $5 and an hour of your time you can make some great personalized gifts.
Enjoy & have fun creating!
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