01 December 2008

coasting along (cheap 'n chic custom gift idea)

some of you may remember this photo of the bachelorette's living room and the chic bright yellow chinoiserie wall panels we used:well, we just purchased a vintage bar cart as a late addition to the room, and need to accessorize it with some vintage barware, preferably lucite, before the holiday season is in full swing. we like coasters for everyday use- more eco-friendly than either paper or cloth napkins- and before we even started our search for a cool vintage set, we stumbled across these insertable acrylic coasters at a local craft store, remembered the waste pieces from the yellow wall panels, and voila- custom yellow and lucite coasters were born. (tip: ALWAYS keep any excess wall covering in case of an accident, or in this instance, in case of an emergency craft project).
though the coasters shown were purchased locally, a quick search of the internets turned them up here (and for less than we paid, we might add). if you do a bit more work, we bet you could find them for even cheaper on ebay, or sumpthin. the coasters come in a variety of shapes- we picked the hex because the chunky corners give maximum lucite appeal, but if the lucite look doesn't work in your room, the round and square version are a little plainer, but same insert concept. they couldn't be easier to make, too- just cut whatever material you are using into a 3 inch circle, place into coaster and secure with the cork backing.
with xmas fast approaching, we thought this quick project might be of interest to anyone looking to give gifts with a personal touch (we think they'd make a wonderful hostess gift or house warming gift, too). the inserts needn't be wallpaper- any purty paper will do- could be as inexpensive as gift wrap, or as fancy as handmade marbleized paper- just use your imagination!

ps- unless you are gifting to grandma, try to avoid using family photos- there is something a bit unsettling about placing a cocktail on junior's smiling face...

13 comments:

Suzy said...

Great idea..they look fantastic! You keepin yourself busy? I've been missing your posts.

pve design said...

Clearly, those coasters are the perfect stocking stuffer!

Renee Finberg said...

get out of town !!!!!

i thought you would never re-surface.

yeah!!!!

he's back.

Ivy Lane said...

Very clever! Like it as a housewarming gift too!

tula said...

i love this! what a brilliant idea, darling.

alia said...

Emergency craft projects are the best kind!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Darling M - oh how I've missed you! Hope all is well. We could all certainly use some cheap 'n chic - thanks for the tip.

CSS said...

Brilliant idea, I am a total sucker for anything lucite! Happy Holidays!

maison21 said...

thanks, all! glad you liked them.

and to those of you kind enough to note my recent lack of blog activity, thanks for your warm response to my return- it's nice to know i was missed!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I love this coaster idea and I am not a great DIYer but think even I could possibly make this work. And I love the idea of using gorgeous wallpaper!

p.s. Just found your blog via desire to inspire and think it/you are wonderful!!

Paul Pincus said...

ps- unless you are gifting to grandma, try to avoid using family photos- there is something a bit unsettling about placing a cocktail on junior's smiling face...

love it!...and i love this idea.

Mark said...

If you like vintage barware then check out my site. www.CocktailShakers.com

LindsB said...

What a fab idea! I'm ordering these right now for Christmas presents.