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I'm officially a DIY-aholic.  This project was inspired by another BDW bride - melmed and her find on style me pretty.

 

http://www.stylemepretty.com/2009/03/30/diy-coasters/

 

I loved the idea but thought lugging all those tiles to the Bahamas might get a little heavy.  I marked the project so I can use it in the future as housewarming gifts.  A few weeks later I'm at an art festival and see vendors with similar products - they have the coasters using travertine and photos of Atlanta landmarks.  They also have smaller tiles that look the same but were refrigerator magnets.  So i decided that's what I'm going to do. 

 

I bought 1 square foot mosaic travertine tile at Home Depot for just under $6.  It consists of 36 2"x 2" tiles on a mesh backing.  I pulled off the mesh backing which came off very easily and cleaned off all the tiles.  It's listed as $7.97 but mine rung up at $5.88.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/Flooring-Tile-Stone-Tile-Natural-Stone/h_d1/N-5yc1vZar8kZ1z0zizaZ1z11cvn/R-100664320/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

 

 

At Michael's I bought a bottle of Mod Podge, a foam brush, glue and magnets.  The magnets have to be heavy duty to support the weight of the tile - I bought a roll that was 1 inch wide and 10 feet long (don't need that much but they didn't have anything smaller) and cut pieces to fit.  They come with a sticky back but I glued them because I didn't want to take any chances. 

 

In Word I created a template for pictures - I made them just under 2x2 so they would fit nicely.  I found some pictures of the resort on-line and used 2 of my favorites and wrote the name underneath.  I cut them with my handy dandy rotary cutter and rounded the edges with my corner punch.  After that I followed the instructions on Style me Pretty except I didn't seal them since they wouldn't be exposed to moisture like coasters.

 

Here is the finished product - I'll have one of each in the OOT bags.  I also attached the template.

 

 

 

 

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these really look professional.  everyone on this site out does themselves with DIY projects.  Can't wait to see what else you come up with

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These look awesome! I too have the coasters bookmarked to make for housewarming gifts!

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These look great! I can convince myself to buy the tiles since I threw away so much of those when I was an interior Designer so I guess this will stay a "would be nice" idea - although I have some glass tiles left that might be cool to do something with....

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