holiday coasters from i never grew up

by @according2kelly on July 28, 2010

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is one of my blogging favorites – vanessa of i never grew up. vanessa writes…

Personalized Holiday Coasters

Disclaimer: Don’t judge me on my lack of cutting out perfect circles, it hard for me! Also gotta love how I did my Christmas craft OUTSIDE, it is Christmas in July after-all!

I saw this roll of cork-board in the craft store and this idea just came to me and I am so excited. I feel like these personalized Holiday Coasters are perfect for everyone and especially the people on your list that can be hard to shop for; men, grandparents, neighbor gifts, etc. It is in-expensive, easy yet personable at the same time.


Roll of Cork-board OR Slat of Thicken Cork-Board (the slat is more expensive but they you don’t worry about rolled edges that you get from the roll of cork-board)

Craft Knife

Cutting Mat

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

Holiday Paper, Pictures, Art from your Kids, Print out of Personalized Saying, lots of different options!


1. Trace the opening of a cup onto the cork-board, I did a regular sized plastic cup and also a “Big Gulp” sized cup to have some coasters that are a bit larger. Also trace the cup size on the photos, paper, etc that you are using to go on the coasters.

2. Cut out the cork-board and also the paper or pictures you are using to attach to them.

3. Mod Podge with a Foam Brush one side of the cork-board and place the paper on top then mod podge over the top of that.

4. Let dry and Mod Podge the top again.

5. Now when using the cork-board that comes in a roll (which is usually much cheaper) you are going to deal with a bit of rolled corners. You can always after they are fully drive put them under some blocks or phone books to take away that problem.

I think it would be cute to pair these with some glasses and a drink that matches the person’s personality and likes (dislikes) along with the coasters. You could put these in a fun see through bag attached to a bottle of Sparkling Cider!

This is what I will be making for neighbor gifts, stuffing stockers and for great grandparent gifts!

for more great ideas be sure to visit vanessa at i never grew up. her site is full of kid friendly crafts, perfect for the holidays… check out her clay necklace, wooden spoon dollies, or her amazing sidewalk chalk tutorial.

about vanessa: Vanessa blogs over at on everything from healthy family recipes to art projects to do with the kiddos to their brand new backyard chickens! She also runs and her two businesses. She is married to celebrity dog trainer Ty Brown and has 3 dogs and 2 beautiful girls. Currently she resides in Utah. She keeps busy with new hobbies, last month it was to private photography lessons, this month food photography lessons and next month guitar lessons!

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What a fun idea! I have trouble cutting a good circle too :-) I wonder what it is about circles? I think yours look great! ~Liz

Vanessa brown
Vanessa brown

Whoops meant to say in expensive at the top,sorry!


What a fabulous idea!


I LOVE this idea and will definately be having a go at this!!!

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