Summer is quickly passing and with it our wonderful season of vacations and fun. I’m always on the lookout for creative ways to help our family remember the great places we’ve visited, and these postcard coasters couldn’t be better! They are simple to create and will keep our summer memories alive long after the nice weather is gone.
Although we used postcards for these coasters, they’d be just as gorgeous using printed photos. An easy way to give your favorite memories new life — cheers to that!
Give them to friends or loved ones to help them remember the trip.
To make the postcard coaster you will need:
- Cork. You can buy cork in large pieces and cut into circles as you go. Or for an even easier project, you can buy blank cork coasters at most big box stores and skip the cutting.
- Postcards collected from your summer travels or photos you’d like to display.
- Mod Podge acrylic sealant
To make the coasters, begin by tracing the coaster shape onto the back of your photo or postcard. Cut out the circle shape.
Next, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the coaster and set the postcard on top. Place a heavy book on top and allow to dry for about 20 minutes. The heavy book ensures the postcard stays flat while drying.
When dry, cover the top of the postcard and the edges of the cork coasters with a generous amount of Mod Podge. This will seal the coaster and preserve the photo even if a drink happens to spill. Allow the coasters to dry for a full day.
When the coasters are dry, stack and wrap for a gift, or set them out on the table at home. Pour an end-of-summer drink, and remember a season filled with fun.
*Note: Mod Podge is only water resistant, not waterproof. Be sure to wipe away excess water from the coasters to ensure they last longer.
Photo credits: Victoria Hudgins