I love that crafting gives you an excuse to stash things away that you know you’ll eventually be able to recycle. And so it came to pass that I came up with a home-made gift idea which is really easy to do.
What you need:
- Coasters – here I have used 15cm x 15cm flat canvas squares which I found in a craft shop
- A glue-varnish all in one – In America and the UK you can get Mod-Podge but I couldn’t find it in Germany so I found a different one called Paper Patch.
- Maps – This is where you can get creative. I had city maps of Berlin as well as city maps from all of the places that I had visited in the last year or so. You could also use an old poster as I have done further below.
Place your coaster (round cork ones work too – see below) on your map or paper and draw around with a pencil. Cut out and set the piece to one side before you get on with the glue.
I have to be honest here, you’re probably meant to apply the glue-varnish with some kind of mini spatula, but I didn’t have one to hand so instead I just used a nail file… did the job.
Once you’ve carefully placed your square of map onto the glued coaster, let it dry – ideally overnight but a few hours will also do it. Then, get your spatula (nail file) back out and put another 2 layers of varnish-glue on top, letting each one dry before applying the next. This might feel like you are ruining it, but the result is a waterproof coaster that has an ever so slight sheen to it.
This is a second set of coasters I made for my friend Cleo who liked this poster (below) of a Tomas Saraceno exhibition that was in Berlin a few years ago.