Confetti Bowls

  This Easter break we tried a few different projects with the kids. This was a fun and messy project, but I don’t plan on trying this again. I saw several different methods of these confetti bowls, I would suggest using a clear glue like Modge Podge. I started out making paper mâché with one part water, one part flower, and salt. Doing layers of confetti was going to take forever as you needed to let it dry in between layers. I wanted a quick project so I started out with some confetti spread on the first layer, then I added some of the holly paper.  I put a layer of paper mâché, and placed a few more layers of the holly paper. Once it looked like a good thickness I sprinkled the confetti on top and let dry.

I made the confetti with a hole punch, it took about two sheets of paper to make one. If I did this another time I would use larger confetti and different shapes. 

 

Coasters from Labels

This past Christmas I was excited to try out something with Mod Podge. I found this post on Pinterest and thought the coasters would be fun. When looking at the beer bottles, I decided to take the labels off the bottles instead of using the cardboard. Actually, when I asked my husband to get beer for it he thought I was talking about the labels on the bottles, not the cardboard. After making the first batch, they turned out so well that I decided to make some whiskey coasters.

Start by taking the labels off. I had some problems with some of them and found that a butter knife helped get the labels off.

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Looking at Home Depot I found these tiles.

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Then gather the Mod Modge, news paper, and something to spread the Mod Podge (I used both a plastic butter knife and paint brush).

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Cut the label to fit, then spread a thin layer of Mod Podge. After a minute or two you can spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the label. Once dry, check to see if any areas need another layer. Pay close attention to the edges of the labels. Most coasters took 2-3 coats.

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I let them dry at least a week, then I sprayed a thick coat of a clear protective finish for crafts.

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One thing to note, the coasters look very different depending how the labels come off. Here is an example of one that slipped off in the water, and another one that needed extra help from the butter knife.

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This is how my beer coasters turned out.

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And the whiskey ones.

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