Monday, October 28, 2013

Cork coasters~diy gifts

Sometimes you find something just looks perfect
to be something other than what you see when you first look at it.
As one of those design & DIY oriented girls
 I am always looking at something and seeing something else that it could become.

For our November Lowe's Creative Ideas challenge
it was all about the Holidays over here. 
I chose something simple to make that would be easy to do ahead and have on hand
for a last minute hostess gift or for an unexpected guest.
It's never too early to start planning for those Holiday gifts and so
I decided on working with something simple & unassuming for the project
like cork.

You know those cork squares that you can find in the closet or organizing department? 
How about those cork plant rounds
you know the ones you place under a pot to keep your floor protected 
from water and moisture damage?

I loved them when I found them at Lowes and instead of seeing 
floor protectors and wall tiles~  I saw coasters for the Holidays.
I knew they could be decorated with sweet little designs like snowflakes
 and personalized with monograms

So into my cart they went. 

The round coasters got a sweet little stencil with simple gloss black paint~ love, love, love them
and the squares? 
I cut them down into 'regular' coaster size and had fun dreaming up some ideas for decorating them.
Some of them were monogrammed using the same paint and a stencil

and the others were decoupaged with a new favorite darling music note paper 
and sealed with a sealant.
You could do whatever you would like with these- dream it up and do it.

I tied the finished coasters together in packs of 4 with a sweet ribbon
a sprig of cedar and little pinecones
and then into a basket they went where they sit ready for gift giving
 for hostess gifts 
or a last minute holiday treat.
Easy to add to a kitchen gift basket.

The best thing about these- you can completely personalize them.
A monogram
Mr. & Mrs.
A special message or quote
even a favorite decoupaged paper or fabric

I am loving them- so simple, so sweet, so easy to make.
Tutorial coming your way
I have another super quick and easy to make gift idea coming  as well
that involves a little bit of wood and a marker. 
Excited to share that these little cuties are being featured in the Lowe's Creative Ideas digital magazine 
available in the app store if you would like to subscribe

I am thrilled to be a member of the Lowe's Creative Ideas Network
where there are creative ideas all the time
I was compensated for this post as part of the network but all designs and opinions 
are my own of course
Find more inspiration and project at the Creative Ideas Network page

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  1. I love them, Courtney. Such a great little gift idea. I even like them as a hostess gift, maybe along with a bottle of wine.

  2. Great idea Courtney! They are beautiful and unique; just what I love! : )

  3. These are perfect and such agreat gift idea. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live today at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  4. Love Love Love!! I am so doing some of these! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  5. This is a darling idea! I love the way you dressed them up too!

  6. Bonsoir,

    J'aime particulièrement l'idée du monogramme sur le liège... Merci pour cette très astucieuse publication.

    Gros bisous

  7. So happy to find your blog through Marty at A Stroll Through Life!

  8. I cant wait for the tutorial on this. I want to do my packages like that this year. .. and with the french scroll writing. ... LOVE LOVE IT always fabulous sister !!!

  9. Beyond clever. Well done, love love love this idea.

  10. Simple and elegant. that's just the type of project I like.

  11. Love these! I have finally found a simple and oh-so-cute craft/gift to make using the roll of cork in my garage! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. This is a great idea!! Love the simplicity, you are so smart;)

  13. I love this idea! How sweet for a hostess gift! You are so creative Courtney. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  14. Beautiful idea Courtney!
    Greetings. RW & SK

  15. What a GREAT IDEA! I've had "cheap coasters" on my shopping list forever, because I had this idea that if everyone in the family had a coaster with their name on it, then maybe they would use just ONE GLASS PER DAY. Use a glass, put it on your coaster. Simple as that. I like this idea SO much better than ugly coasters from wally world! I think I'm doing it!

  16. This looks doable and not too time consuming. Thanks Courtney!

  17. I would love to have a basketful of these to hand out to our guests at our annual Christmas Eve open house!

  18. I love the sheet music ones! Really clever and pretty to boot!


  19. What an absolutely adorable idea! and it looks like it would be fun too... simple, fun, pretty, and functional - what could be better than that!


  20. How darling! Sometimes the simplest things are just the most charming. I'm definitely going to try these. Thanks, Courtney!

  21. These are a great idea. Going to give these a try for gifts!