Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Coaster Photo Frame

Well it's my last post as a Design Team member :(  I've had a great time and I want to thank Laura for allowing me to be a part of the team these past months.

My final project is a great, simple gift idea - quick to assemble and perfect for a little something for a special someone. Here's a picture frame made from coasters - take a look:

To start, I grabbed 2 4x4 coasters. You can find these in a multitude of places online for only pennies a piece so this project is economical as well as quick. I cut 2 pieces of DP (from Bo Bunny) and adhered the paper to one side of each coaster. I love how the piece on the left has the larger words Christmas Traditions. Worked out well for the photo I was planning on adding.

I then stamped the tree and the Merry and Bright sentiment from the Let it Snow set from Creative Vision. I colored both images with Copic markers and carefully cut around each. The tree was added to one coaster and the sentiment was added a little over the bottom corner of the matted photo (of our family tree). I added a little sparkle to the stamped images because what's Christmas without some bling??

To hook the two coasters together, I used the Crop-a-dile puncher to punch two holes in each coaster. Using this tool you can actually punch both coasters at the same time which works perfectly and ensures your holes line up exactly. Then I threaded some ribbon through the holes (this ribbon is white velvet) and tie a loose knot on the back side so you can open and close the coasters - open to stand up, closed to store or mail to a friend :)

In case you can't read it, I also added a small piece on the left side of the frame that says:
1. string the lights
2. hang ornaments
3. finish with garland
4. "Ooo" and "Ahh"

Yep, that's our Christmas Tradition when it comes to tree decorating!

This project took approximately an hour and a half to complete (and that was a little long due to hand cutting the images). Imagine this with photos of the kids, or the family pets at holiday time! So many uses, I'm sure you'll think of a fabulous way to create your own coaster photo frame.

Happy Holidays, everyone!


  1. This is one of the coolest projects I've seen in a long time. Awesome job!

  2. I agree, this rocks! Hmmmm I'll have to steal this idea for sure THANKS Mary!

  3. How cool is that! What a great idea! Thanks for the fun idea, I will have to remember this!!

  4. This is a fab creation, and would make a wonderful Xmas gift!

  5. Great job!! What a fun idea!! Love your colors and your design!


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