DIY Sharpie Tile Coasters {aka Holiday Presents for the Grandparents}

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This will be my son’s third Christmas. While he is pretty positive the holiday revolves around him, I’m trying to also teach him the joy one gets from giving. I’m lucky enough to be mildly creative AND have a toddler who loves to craft. Because of this, I have Dax “make” his presents for his grandparents. (Last year he painted.) Since he’s only two, it’s important for me to find something that is both easy to make, but fun enough to capture his attention. After much internet searching, I decided I loved the idea of DIY tile coasters the best. The supplies are relatively inexpensive (except for the darn Sharpies, but luckily I have my own set) and what two year old doesn’t love coloring with permanent marker?! 🙂

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Supplies:

-8 tiles {for two sets of four coasters}

-Sharpies {I like the oil based Sharpies best!}

-Self Adhesive Cork

The tiles were $0.16 a piece. The roll of cork was $9.99, but I had a 55% off coupon. Boom!

If you’re giving Sharpies to children (well, adults, too), I highly recommend covering your table with some sort of table cloth. I also put my son in older clothes that wouldn’t make me weep if they got destroyed.

Instructions:

1. Create your awesome masterpieces:

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Even my husband had to get in on this action:

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2. Place your tiles on a cookie sheet and put in a cold oven. Once the tiles are in the oven, crank up the heat to 350 degrees. Wait til the oven has preheated, then begin your timer. You want the tiles to bake for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven, but don’t remove the tiles until the oven is cool again. {I like to do the actual baking at night after my son is in bed. The baking Sharpie smell is STRONG! I also let the tiles stay in my oven overnight to cool down and grabbed them when I woke up the next morning.}

3. Admire your work:

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4. Cut the cork and attach to the bottom of the tiles. If you don’t think the adhesive is strong enough, you can reinforce the cork with a hot glue gun.

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And that is it! I wrapped up my two sets of coasters in yarn and they are now waiting to be delivered to the grandparents on Christmas! The coasters were about $0.75 a piece and they capture a two year old’s creativity. I like to think that they might just be the perfect gift. (Unless said two year old gets his hands on them and throws them at something… but I’m sure that won’t happen… Right???!?)

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Do you have an awesome DIY toddler project that you would like to share? Leave me a comment and tell me about it! As always, thanks for stopping by!

~Christen


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