Road testing decoupage map coasters January 04, 2017 20:02 1 Comment

I love holidays, but beach holidays bore the backside off me. I'm too fidgety, so I much prefer a city break holiday. My favourites have included Glasgow, Seville and most recently Berlin. We always pick up a touristy map and use it until it's ratty and falling apart, but as part of my decluttering drive I can't really justify keeping them any more. I decided to try out a Pinterest classic that will turn them into something functional for everyday. Yes, it's decoupage map coasters. 

London Craft Club tests out crafty projects from Pinterest like map coasters

I chose the hard finish Mod Podge. It's waterproof, and has a lovely matte finish. Much as I adore Pinterest, you never know if the projects will actually work out in reality so this is a bit of a road test. 

 London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

Cut out a bit of map that's a bit bigger than your coaster

London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

Paint a layer of modpodge on the back of your map. Use enough to wet the paper but not to soak it. 

London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

Rub the map onto the coaster. Use your fingers to rub out as many air bubbles as you can as quickly as you can, but don't rub so hard you damage the map. Rub from the middle outwards

London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

Add another layer of Mod Podge - pay extra attention to the corners to stick them down. If it's too thick, use your fingers to smooth the excess Mod Podge away

London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

Leave it to dry for half an hour. Don't worry if a few wrinkles have sneaked back in, the paper will stretch out a bit as it dries. I stood mine on a bowl but the lid of the Mod Podge will do fine if it's clean. 

London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

When it's touch dry, use your scissors to trim right to the edge of the coaster. It's easier to do if the back is facing you. Spend a bit of time getting this as neat as you can. 

London Craft Club road tests Pinterest's map coaster decoupage crafty project

Build up two to three more layers of Mod Podge. Each time make sure the edges and the corners are really covered well. Use your fingers to smooth away any excess if needs be, and get a nice finish. When it's wet it looks very streaky, but as it dries and goes matte it smooths out a lot. 

Mine is still curing (4 weeks it's say on the tub!!!) but I'll use it a couple of days and let you know how waterproof it really is, and how it handles hot tea cups! I'm really pleased with the end result though, it's a very neat finish. I just need to find a few more coasters to sacrifice.

Have you tried this before? Do you have any top tips for making it work better? And are there any other classic Pins you'd like us to road test? Let us know in the comments box. (If you can't see the comments, you need to click on the blog title and they should appear!)