Map Tile Coasters – Christmas Gifts

A month ago, I was planning on making a few teachers & friends some cookie mix in mason jars, but after much thought, I opted do something a little more creative.

I made homemade tile map coasters instead.  I was on a mad dash to find maps of Norfolk, but they are not easy to come by… unless I wanted to buy maps at 7 a piece, which I didn’t.  So for one teacher, who I know visits London a bit will get ones from London.  Another the London tube… and again, while I’d like to give everyone here coasters from North Norfolk, it’s not going to happen on my budget.

I tried smooth wall tiles at first, but I like these travertine ones better as they are more rustic, though more expensive.  After several coats of Mod Podge and sealer, I think they are very water proof and with stand a hot coffee [or at least that was the intent].

I’m thinking in January, I may be able to get the 2013 road atlas pretty inexpensive as it’s last years. I remembered seeing some in Wells-Next-The-Sea last year for 2.00.

Plus, I left some coasters out in the cold a week ago and they were all ruined.  I’ll see how people
like these gifts… perhaps I can make some and sell them on Folksy.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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