Today was such a lazy sunday. I really envy people who are able to sleep few hours but yet are full of life because I’m the exact opposite. If I don’t get at least 8-9 hours of sleep, I tend to get very restless and lethargic the next day. And, by the time I reach the weekend, I usually sleep at least 10-11 hours and wake up near noon on Saturday. Interestingly, I feel myself needing less and less sleep since I came back to Seattle. I actually do enjoy jet-lag since for once, I get to enjoy the mornings and I feel that the day is just significantly longer. I suspect that I need more sleep because I don’t go into deep sleep easily. I fall asleep quickly and am quite a sound sleeper but I dream a lot a lot a lot. My friends laugh at me all the time because I often dream about microsoft excel since I use it at work a lot.
Anyway, I was pinterest-ing… as usual :P and came across this lovely DIY by lovely little life – Easy DIY Washi Tape Serving Tray. I absolutely love the choice of washi tape in that tutorial and since washi tape is so easy to get around, the combinations and designs are just endless. Inspired by Hannah’s tutorial, I decided to make washi tape coasters. It took me a longgggg time to decide which washi tape I should use since the limited washi tape I had seemed hard to match. In the end, I felt that going with a color theme was easiest and decided on blue. These coasters were really fun to make and I was lucky since we accumulated these ceramic tiles from when we were building our house more than ten years ago.
They are pretty easy to make, but will require some materials:
– ceramic tile (mine’s 10cm x 10cm)
– washi tape (you could use 1 or a set of designs to combine together)
– bumper cushions for the base (I previously use cork stickers but found that they do not stick well. I find that the bumper cushions are great as they are cheap, small, very sticky and makes the coasters slide-proof.)
– mod podge (great resource to learn about mod podge: http://modpodgerocksblog.com/learn-how-to-mod-podge)
– outdoor gloss sealer (on the bottle of mod podge, it says to use clear acrylic sealer to eliminate tackiness. I’ve found it still tacky and the coaster sometimes sticks on the cup when lifted up. I’ve found Plaid’s outdoor glass sealer great for this purpose. It is not tacky at all and definitely waterproof.)
Step 1: Clean your ceramic tile real well with water and soap and ensure they are really dry before starting your project.
Step 2: Choose your washi tape design. Starting from the middle of the tile, tape down your washi tape diagonally. Rub your fingers through the tape to ensure that they adhere well to the tile. To stick the washi tape on the edges of the tile, press down one side of the tape first, make a slit in line with the edge of the tile, stick down the other side and cut off the excess tape. Do this for both sides.
Step 3: Paste the washi tape to cover the remaining spaces, leaving edges overhanging to be dealt with later. Bear in mind to close gaps between the washi tape.
Step 4: Working on each side at a time, paste down the overhanging sides of the washi tape and use a sharp scissors to trim the excess tape that hangs out from the bottom of the tile. At the other 2 edges, follow step 1.
Step 5: Working with small amounts, pour mod podge on the washi-tape-covered-tile. Use a really smooth brush (those that does not cause lines to form when you brush it on) or your finger (my preferred method) to spread the mod podge around and ensure it has covered all areas, including the sides. After you’ve covered everything, pour just a little bit more mod podge and spread it around a little more to ensure that the surface is smooth. Mod podge does not smooth out on its own so you would want to make sure that its smooth before leaving it to dry. Balance it on a bottle (or anything else) to dry – as you’ll be putting mod podge on the sides, putting the tile on paper will make the tile stick to the paper. The mod podge is white and will start to clear up as it dries. When it has cleared up, put another thin coat and let dry for a few hours.
Step 6. Pour a small amount of outdoor gloss sealer and using a smooth brush (and NOT your finger this time!), spread the gloss sealant evenly. Let dry and you’re done!
Have an awesome week ahead!