Easy DIY Marble Coasters

For the last couple of years we’ve been doing heartfelt & handmade Christmas gifts with my husband’s side of the family. I wanted to do something cute. Something that they will be able to use over and over again. After much debate, I decided to make handmade coasters. I didn’t realize how addicting fun it would be!! I ended up going out and buying more supplies so I could make some for myself as well. 🙂

Like I said, it’s super easy!!

This is what you need:

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Polyurethane

Foam Brushes

Marble Tiles

Rub-on decals

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Cork

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& Super Glue (if your cork doesn’t have adhesive on the back)

The first thing I did was wash each marble coaster. When you feel them, you’ll know why. There is a layer of marble dusting on them! I just took a damp rag and wiped each tile down. Afterwards, I made sure to let them dry before applying the rub-on decals.

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Once the tiles have completely dried, you can apply the rub-ons. The rub-ons that I bought at Hobby Lobby came with a neat little pen to use–but I also noticed that a popsicle stick worked well, too.

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Place the rub-on where you want it on the tile. Rub until the entire decal has transferred. You can always peek up the corner to see. Once it’s fully transferred, pull up the plastic and reveal your work!

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After getting the decals transferred to the tiles, it’s time to bake them! I placed the tiles in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. This step probably isn’t necessary, but I wanted to make sure the decals were going to last.

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Once you’ve removed the tiles from the oven, place them aside to cool. It’s surprising how hot they actually get!!

Once the tiles have finished cooling, you can apply the coating of Polyurethane with a foam brush. I did one coat to each tile and then applied a second coat once the first coat was completely dry.

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After the tiles have dried (I let them set overnight) you’re ready to apply the corking to the backside. I was lucky to find cork with the adhesive backing, which made this last step super easy. (If you can’t find this type of cork–super glue does the trick as well).

Just make sure to cut the cork a little smaller than the size of the tile.

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And now you’ve just made easiest, cutest, most fail-proof gift of all time. 🙂

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Good Luck!! 🙂

Handmade Dog Car Seat Cover

I recently purchased a new vehicle {named Ruby} and decided it was time to invested in a nice car seat cover to prolong the life of my new seats. However, after searching the internet for a nice seat cover, I couldn’t find anything less than about $85 dollars. Are you serious?! To me, that seemed a little ridiculous for something my cute hairy and sometimes cuddly dirty dog would make a home on during long car rides.

After much research I finally decided it was time to bust out my sewing machine and make one.

{Keep in mind, this was my FIRST EVER sewing project!}

**well, other than making barbie pillows with my mom when I was little**

Now, isn’t this the cutest dog car seat cover you’ve ever seen?!? 🙂

Handmade Dog Seat Cover

Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

4 yards duck fabric {it’s nice and heavy duty} 2 yards for the top & 2 yards duck fabric for the bottom Make sure each of them is 54 inches in width.

Cotton Batting – I bought enough to fold it in half so there was double the padding

4 one inch plastic buckles

4 yards of one inch cotton strapping

thread

pins

and of course, a sewing machine!

First, I laid out 2 yards of the duck fabric on the carpet, placed the cotton batting on top of that {in order to cut it down to the right size}.

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I made sure the leave about an inch around the edges…

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Next, fold the edges of the Duck Fabric over about a 1/2 an inch – and then fold it over one more time and pin.

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continue to go around the edges of the fabric keeping the ‘folding’ consistent.

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Once you’ve got all of the edges pinned, it should look like this:

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I made sure to mitre the corners {they’re not perfect but I didn’t think Bentley would mind} 🙂

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Once you’re done pinning, you’re ready to start sewing! Finally, you want to have your sewing machine on a counter or a larger surface so you have somewhere to rest the blanket to make for an easy slide under the sewing machine.

THis is what the edges looked like when I was finished:

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As you can see, my pup was already a huge fan:

Handmade Car Seat Cover by healthyhappyhearts

This was made to fit a small SUV.

Once the seat cover was finished, I took it out to my vehicle to pin on the straps. I used 1 yard of the cotton strapping for each buckle. Also, when you’re sewing on the straps make sure to run it under the sewing machine back and forth a few times for a sturdy hold.

Bentley couldn’t wait to test it out!!

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This was so much fun to make and I think it turned out pretty darn cute, too 🙂