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DIY Christmas Coasters ~ and a GIVEAWAY!!!!


‘Tis the season for giving, and there is nothing better than giving someone a hand-made gift.

Except being able to giveaway a new Silhouette Portrait or Cameo, that is.


That’s right, a wonderful group of bloggers and I have gotten together to giveaway not one, but two Silhouettes.  These ladies have also came up with a variety of holiday projects to make with your brand new Silhouette.  Just follow the links at the end of this post for some inspiration.

DIY Christmas Coasters

I thought I would share some of the gifts I have been making for Christmas this year.



I made some Christmas coasters from tiles using a couple different methods, including etching cream, vinyl and sharpies.

MSS_DIY Christmas Coasters

I love making etched glass items and thought how great it would work on glass tiles.  I found these blue glass tiles, they are clear glass with a backing that is colored, and knew they would be perfect for a snow themed coaster.

MSS_glass tiles with stencil

Since the tile would be a coaster I wanted the majority of the surface to be rough with the design smooth.  I cut my design out of scrap vinyl, I have been told contact paper works too, and transferred the design on to the tile.

MSS_glass etching in action

I like to apply my etching cream right next to the sink.  I lay down wax paper for a work surface, and use gloves to protect my skin.  At the end of the etching time I try to scrape the etching cream back into the bottle.  No need to waste!  Rinse the rest of the cream off the tile under cold running water.  Peel off the stencil and wash again with soap and water.

Please follow the directions on your etching cream and be safe.

MSS_Etched Glass Tile Coasters


MSS_Etched Glass Tile Coasters

Because the tile is thick glass the unetched parts refract the light and distort the design when trying to take a picture.

MSS_Etched Glass Tile Coasters

I absolutely love how these turned out, but the elegance of them is lost in translation.  They do look lovely all wrapped up in a bow.

MSS_Etched Glass Tile Coasters Gifts



Did you know that etching cream will also take the glaze off ceramic tiles?

This is even harder to photograph because of how subtle it is.

MSS_Etched Tile Coasters

My first thought was to make a minimalist snowman design with vinyl, but then I decided to take it one step further.  I used a vinyl stencil for the snowman base and a few circles of falling snow.  I then applied the etching cream to the entire coaster as above.  This left a rough background with a shiny snowman and snow.

MSS_Etched Tile Coasters

After etching, washing and allowing to dry for at least a day, I applied the vinyl decorations, using outdoor vinyl if I had it.  I love how these turned out, they are impressive with just the vinyl but when you look close you can see the subtle outline of the snowman and snow.

MSS_Etched Tile Coasters



But why stop there?  Sharpies on ceramics are always a fun craft.

Since I am pretty sure my 4-year-old draws better than me, I use my Silhouette to cut out stencils for all my Sharpie work as well.  As I did with these Rudolph coasters and they are fantastic!

MSS_Sharipe Colored Tile Coasters

After coloring I cured the ink by placing the coasters in a cold over, turning on the heat to 350°F, baking for about 30 minutes, turning the oven off and letting the coasters come back to room temperature slowly.

MSS_Sharipe Colored Tile Coasters


Using the same sharpie and stencil method I made some Christmas light coasters as well.

MSS_Sharipe Colored Tile Coasters

On one set of coasters I simply colored the lights in.  On the other set I used the negative of the stencil and used scattered dots to draw the lights.  I should tell you that I did not use oil based markers or ceramic pens.  I cured them just as I did with the Rudolph ones.

MSS_Sharipe Colored Tile Coasters

Some of the colors (uh, all but the red and green) did not hold up as well with the curing process.  *sigh, lesson learned.  So, if you are going to cure them in the oven, use ceramic markers.  Another option would be to seal them after coloring with a clear waterproof sealant.  Sealing them is still probably a good idea anyway.

MSS_Sharipe Colored Tile Coasters

Not to worry though.  They can just be recolored and then sealed.  (which admittedly I have not yet done, but plan on doing)

These coaster would make great gift to with a new mug and box of hot chocolate, coffee or tea.  *spoiler alert


Silhouette Giveaway!

I know, I know, here is the part of the post you are most excited about.  As I said above, my Silhouette Challenge buddies in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one…but two winners!  The prizes up for grabs?

First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle!  $406.93 value.

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)

Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit!  $219.98 value.

Pretty sweet, huh?  We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list.

To enter: just click on the image below or on this link, either will take you to the entry form.  Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power.  So, hurry up and enter!

{This giveaway runs from today through Monday, December 15th at 11:59p eastern and is open to anyone 18 years of age or older with a U.S. or Canada mailing address. You can read the rest of the terms and conditions in the giveaway window. You only need to enter the giveaway on one blog.}

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so pursue the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

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5 thoughts on “DIY Christmas Coasters ~ and a GIVEAWAY!!!!

  1. Great idea! They turned out cute!

  2. So many great ideas in one post! Love all your coaster ideas.

  3. This post would have been amazing with just one type of Christmas coasters…then you had to go and blow us out of the water with such a wide variety! What a wealth of inspiration. So glad you joined us for our December Challenge and Giveaway. Thanks for adding your creativity into the mix!

  4. Pingback: DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments || Practically Functional

  5. These are awesome! I love the snowmen coasters!

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