My coffee table consists of 4 wood tables built by my dad. It is one of the only pieces of furniture that I pay close attention to protecting it from water…we don’t have much that water will hurt. I am constantly in need of coasters since the ones I do have often get turned into rafts for Lego Men. This is another project using paper doilies, cork and Mod Podge!

Supplies: paper doiles, ribbon, Mod Podge, cork coasters, Acrylic spray (waterproof kind, clear) – ignore the white paint, I was originally going to paint the cork using the doilies to trace.


Cut the doily edges off. Attach doily to cork using Mod Podge. Hot glue ribbon (just a little glue). Cover several times with Mod Podge. Spray with a waterproof sealer lightly as a final step. The sealer doesn’t have to be thick…just enough to cover the Mod Podge so it doesn’t get sticky when wet. I only did Mod Podge on the doily and ribbon….I did not cover my whole coaster with Mod Podge.1109coasters-04Tie together to make a cute gift…


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  • Sarah - I just made these using stickers from a craft store–awesome retro American Girl doll stickers for my sister (we LOVED our American Girl dolls growing up) and dino coasters for my brother. Thanks so much for the idea!

A little customized cork/dry erase board….I started with a basic IKEA trivet. Then cut some scrapbooking paper, ribbon, & paper doilies into my design. After gluing the doilies to the paper I covered it in clear laminate….this allows for it to be used as a dry erase board as well. I think these would be super cute gifts, if anyone local is headed to IKEA please pick me up some more trivets! You could do the same with cork tiles or glue 2 pieces of cork flooring together and cut them down to size.

After the paper was laminated I hot glued it to the trivet, then hot glued the ribbon to the trivet as well.1109corkdry-02

TaDa…a cute little corkboard with a spot for dry erase notes…1109corkdry-031109corkdry-04

If you want a similar project that takes much less time and skill…another way to customize a trivet is using letters, a clothespin & hot glue:

I found a pack of letters intended for dividing a notebook up for $.50. I picked the phrase: “Oh happy day” and glued my letters down. I then glued a covered clothespin and I ended up with a cute little memo station.


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  • Lesley - These are awesome!

I’ve mentioned before I come from a family of gardeners. My sister’s thumb is much greener than mine. She’s super cute and really likes THIS SITE and I crack up at this onesie that is sold there.  With her garden in mind, I made her a little something  – cute garden markers.

Pic 1: Gather materials – Mod Podge, Aluminum plant markers, scrapbooking paper, clear finish

Pic 2: I got these as a packet from Target – in the dollar bin!

Step 1: Cut scrapbooking paper to fit the aluminum label. I used green so they wouldn’t stand out much and take away from the beauty of the plants.1109plantmarkers-01

Step 2: Apply Mod Podge to aluminum

Step 3: Place paper on front

Step 4: Wrap paper around the backs1109plantmarkers-02

If you are lucky while you are doing this your 5 year old can demonstrate his new found reading skills by reading choice words out of his dad’s book.1109plantmarkers-03

Step 5: Let the first coat of Mod Podge dry

Step 6: Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge on top

Step 7: Apply 2 coats of a waterproof sealer. If you are creative you can use the box from your Chinese take-out lunch to hold the markers while they dry:)1109plantmarkers-04

I combined mine with a basket to gather garden goods, some Sunflower seeds and 2 cute washcloths to use wipe off dirt while working in the garden.1109plantmarkers-051109plantmarkers-06

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  • ashlee - please tell me about the washcloths! what a cute way to use up fabric scraps!!

  • karen brown - The washcloths are ADORABLE!

  • Jamie - How’d you do the washcloths? They look very cute, too :)

  • Meagan - Yep, I want to know about the washcloths too.

  • Ellie - This is easy, adorable and I’ve been looking for plant markers I can make! I haven’t used Mod Podge before, so I’m assuming it can be written on? Maybe with a permanent marker like a Sharpie? Have you had any feedback from your sister on how they worked out? Did the writing or fabric fade or bleed? Most of my plant markers only last a season here in Florida. Thanks for the great idea!

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  • Lauren - I bought the spray you used, but it doesn’t seem to completely waterproof the plant markers. I put them under the faucet and water seeped in. Any recommendations for another sealant (maybe a dip-able one). Thanks!

  • Mollie - Trying a lot of new things, two of which are gardening and blogging. Came across these and just have to make them AND mention them on my new blog. Wondering if I might be able to use one of your pictures from this post to add to my post about your markers?
    Thanks so much – look forward to hearing from you!