Monday, October 22, 2012

Leaf Coaster - Fail!

Don't you just love making something original with products that don't cost an arm and a leg?  I sure do.  That's one of the reasons why I'm loving using ceramic tiles for coasters.  I saw this great post from One Artsy Mama for Fall Leaf Coasters and got inspired.

Aren't Amy's coasters great?  I LOVE them.  This project got me to thinking.  Hmmm.   What if I spray painted the coasters gold and then decoupaged maple leaves onto them.  Pretty classy, I'm thinking.  Here's what I did.

I first got some metallic spray paint in gold.

In a well ventilated area (I went outside) I spray painted 4 white ceramic tiles that I picked up at Home Depot.  These are the really cheap ones for $0.14 each.

I then had a bag of silk "fall leaves" that I picked up from the "Dollar Tree".  (I love the Dollar Store because everything really is just a dollar!)

Next I brought out my trusty Mod Podge and painted a layer onto my tiles and "glued" on the leaves.  The leaves were not completely flat so I put on a rather thick layer of Mod Podge. (I was going to trim off any excess leaves once the Mod Podge dried)

It took FOREVER for the tiles to dry.  Well, take a look....or as good of  a look as you can.  The gold paint "ran" and looks streaky...NOT elegant!  The leaves didn't completely adhere to the tile....lots of "pockets" of unsecured leaves in the middle so there is no way to secure them.

So, take away points for you.

  • This type of spray paint does not adhere to ceramic tiles.  You would probably be best to use a lacquer or a glass paint.
  • See if you can iron the silk leaves to make them completely flat so that they can be adhered to the tiles without any air pockets.
  • Or perhaps experiment with fabric Mod Podge on the silk leaves to see if this initial preparation will make securing the silk leaves more successful.
Okay, I have 27 leaves leftover.  What should I do with them?  Hmmmmm

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