Friday, February 22, 2013

Map Coasters

This idea is amazing. Now, I have seen many different ways of doing map coasters using Mod Podge, etc. This is probably the easiest way I have seen, and unfortunately, I was unable to find the original post for it to give that person credit. The idea actually comes from my creative friend, Rich, who made these as a wedding gift. Map coasters can be for places you have traveled to, places you lived, places you love, or places you have a special connection with.

-Maps of the places you want to use (AAA has them for free if you are a member or know someone who can get them for you!)
-photo coasters
-pencil with eraser
-laminating machine (If you don't have one, you can go to Staples, Kinko's, OfficeMax, or an office supplies place to have it done. It only cost me about $3.00)

1. Locate the area on the map you would like to use for the coaster.

 2. Use the back of the coaster (or the insert if there is one in the pocket) to trace the exact size of it onto the map.

3. Cut the piece of map out.

4. Repeat for all of the other places you would like to use.

5. Take the map pieces to get laminated (you can do these all on one sheet, because you will be cutting them out again anyways).

6.  Cut out the laminated map pieces (if you didn't already have them cut them at the laminate place).

7. Slide into the coaster, facing up. You may need to trim the edges a bit to get them to fit exactly.

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