Sunday, August 8, 2010

{FREEBIE} Conversation Coasters!


In the digital scrapbooking world... a "hybrid" project is something you design digitally, but then print it out and finish it by hand.  Personally, I like to call it digital crafting...  Anyway, I've been wanting to make some fun coasters for a while to brighten my tablescape, but wanted to do more than just use paper.  I wanted to step it up a notch and make them into something more than just what you put your glass on.  Then it hit me and I decided to add questions to them to help spark fun, meaningful conversations about how each of our days went!  And there you have it... "Conversation Coasters"! 


Full instructions and a material list are included in the download, but here's a quick peek at what you'll need...


And... here's a peek at how fun they are when they are done! 

Mod Podging is a fairly quick craft and making this set of 8 took me less than 30 minutes.  I'm excited about how they turned out and can't wait to set my table with them this week!  I think it'll be fun to hear the kids' (and my hubby's responses) and will be a great way to make our dinner time be quality time too.  And, because most of the questions are specific about what happend "today"... each night the responses will be different.  Plus, as your little helpers help you set the table, they'll have fun deciding who gets which question!



Best of all... when you stack 'em and tie them with a ribbon - they'll make a cute, easy gift for a friend.   I got my tiles (4x4 white glossy ones)  for less than a quarter each at Lowe's.  So, not only is it thoughtful and fun... it's inexpensive, too!  Your free printable awaits you...


TIP:  Don't want to break out ModPodge? 
Just print, trim and laminate and use them as pass around cards instead.




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29 comments:

Christine:) said...

Colette, this is exactly why I want to learn digital- to do cute stuff like this!! These coasters are wonderful, and I love how you tied them up with the ribbon:)
I'm downloading Scrapbook Max during naptime today...woo-hoo!!

Alison said...

O my goodness, I love your projects!! What a FUN idea. I've been hearing so many ideas about having good conversations at dinnertime, but this is my favorite idea by far! Thanks for sharing!

~Alison
http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

Anne said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea. Thanks!! I will definitely use this one.

Lisa said...

Great idea. I love anything that includes Mod Podge. Thanks for the downloads

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party this week!

Jill said...

I love this idea! I've been wanting to make tile coasters for a long time too!

Tina@HickoryDickoryHome said...

VERY cute!! I love these.

Sassy Sites! said...

What a cute idea! I want to make some of these too for dinner parties!! I love it! :)

Jill said...

What a great idea to have conversation starters on your coasters! The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for sharing!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

beth kruse custom creations said...

great idea! i keep thinking about making coaters out of tile...

Kristi said...

Love this idea! I was at some restaurant recently that had conversation coasters, and I thought they were cute. Yours are way better though!

Scrappy Gifts said...

Wow love these! I didn't realize how affordable it is too! I should check hardware store more often.
I'd love if you linked this up on Saturday!

Julie said...

This is a wonderful idea! So did you modge podge them on and then spray them with the triple gloss? I was looking at tiles the other day and wish I had grabbed some. I just love this idea, and it would make a cute gift to change it up and do more like wedding ones for a couple getting married. See you have inspired me for the next wedding we go to. Thank you for linking to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday! Julie

Theresa C said...

I love your blog! New follower :D

Visiting from Social Parade Fridays

Jessica Mox said...

I go the the local ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) thrift store and get tiles cheap. It is a win-win for everyone as the money goes to help build a house.

Mandy's Creative Corner said...

Beautiful! I love the prints your used, soooo cute!! =D

Its A Blog Party said...

So cute!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Kristi Flanagan said...

Very cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern too - you rock! Thanks for planting your creative seeds at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

Hugs,

Kristi
Punkin Seed Productions

Jenn Seratt said...

These would make great hostess or house warming gifts. THanks for the printable.

Holly said...

This is a fabulous idea. LOVE it, LOVE it, LOVE it!

Lisa said...

These are really cute! What a cool idea for a party or to get the family chatting!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

CUTE! what a fun project! A great idea for a party! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Sandy Ang said...

Looks like a project that I'll try! Thanks for the idea.

ificould said...

Can't believe I missed this post on those linky parties - I actually found your post from Sugardoodle. So cute!!! Can't wait to make these!
Thanks for sharing!

Mod Podge Amy said...

These are darling!

Cecelia said...

Loved this idea~ I got out my scrapbooking stuff and made christmas coasters for my neigbors they turned out so cute and so reasonable.

Mrs. Fulp said...

These are adorable, but I can't seem to download the file? :-(

Brie said...

I'm a new follower! I LOVE these!!!! :)

Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

Kerry said...

Love these, but the Set of 8 is giving me errors when I try to download? Saying it has reached it's limit? Please help as I have a large family!