Bonehead Halloween Coasters
Ok, this is a post a long time in the making. No, really, I’ve been working on this post for weeks and I just got it ready to roll. So, everyone one out there, be appreciative. Just kidding, but the thing I love about this post and why it took so long is because I used the pictures on the coasters (they’re actually greeting cards) for three different Halloween crafts! You heard me, these cards are good for three, count them, THREE crafts you can use in your home during Halloween. This is craft #1, Bonehead Coasters. Here are the others:
I love how all of these turned out but I especially love the coasters. I love the skulls, I love the size, and I love that I can use them as a gift as well! Wanna know how to do it?
You Will Need:
- 1 box Bonehead Halloween Cards by Card Sharks (Click here to visit their Etsy shop to purchase a box). This is your biggest expense in this project, but the catch is, there are enough cards in that one box to make all three crafts I have created. So…..worth it.
- 4″x4″ white floor tiles. I bought mine from Home Depot for 16 cents each (seriously).
- 1 jar Mod Podge
- Straight cutter or scissors
- Paint Brush
- Light Yellow Ink Pad
- 1 Piece of sand paper
- 1 Can polyurethan spray sealer, this is optional but strongly recommended. Just helps keep your coaster looking nicer longer.
*Everything from the jar of Mod Podge down came from Shop at Joann.com
Whatcha Gonna Do:
Each card is about 4″ wide and you want to create a 4″x4″ square. So, cut off the back (BUT DON’T THROUGH IT AWAY, YOU NEED WHAT’S INSIDE FOR THE OTHER PROJECT). Basically, I was careful and cut one that was the perfect size to fit the tile and then used it as my template for the rest.
Now that you have your squares you want to glue them to the tiles. Use the paint brush and mod podge and put a nice thick coat of it on the tile and then your square on top. I turned mine upside down to dry so the weight of the tile pressed the paper to it. Don’t skimp on the Mod Podge, if you do, you’ll get bubbled paper later, and that would be super sad. I let mine dry over night, but Mod Podge dries shockingly fast so you should be ready for the next step in about an hour.
Now here’s where you’re going to make the tile look rad. Use the sandpaper and in a downward motion sand the edges of the paper against the edge of the tile. Because the card has a white core it will start to show through (which is cool looking) and give the edges a spooky old kind of look. Be rough with it. You’re not going to hurt it. Trust me, don’t skip this step, check out the difference it makes…
Now you’ve got a nice white edge. You can stop there, but I think its cool to match the off white color of the skulls on the card. I went digging and found my lightest yellow stamp pad that I could. Then (with my 3-year-old’s help) I inked the edges. You can do this one of two ways, use a sponge and dip it on the pad and then rub in a downward motion on the sides of the tile OR the easier and faster way, just rub the edge of the tile directly onto the ink pad.
Like I said, you don’t have to do this step, but look at the difference…
Now we need that good old Mod Podge again. It’s great as a glue, but it’s also great as a top coat. The other reason I like it on these coasters is because when the Mod Podge dries you can see the strokes of clear glue. It looks way cool. But because of that, make sure you brush it on evenly and in long strokes that reach all the way from top to bottom. Don’t freak out when you start painting it on and it’s all white, it dries clear.
Now, when your Mod Podge dries on top if the glue was not applies evenly or fully to the bottom you may have some bubbling up of the card (I did). Just use whatever you can to get some Mod Podge down under the bubble and let it dry again. I was able to fix all of my bubbles for an even finish.
Let that dry for about an hour and the very last thing to do is give it a couple of coats of your polyurethane spray sealer. This is just intened to give the coaster and extra layer for protection against liquid and keep it looking nicer longer.
I’m sorry, but I LOVE these! So much so that if you don’t want to make your own you can purchase them from my Etsy store. Click the Etsy icon on the side of the screen or click here.
Click here to visit the Etsy store that sells the Bonehead Halloween Cards for this and other projects on this blog.