Easy Graphic Transfer Project

I love projects that are extremely easy and only require a few supplies.  I especially love projects that are BOTH.  My mom gave me this old wood box that has been sitting in her garage for years.  Being the frugal girl that I am, I took it because it was free and I figured I could make something out of it.  It wasn't until I started browsing through The Graphics Fairy website that I decided I could turn this old boring box into something rustic and therefore fabulous.  I used this old french graphic I found HERE.  You will need to print out the picture that is the mirror image graphic.  The Graphics Fairy is awesome and already inverts the image for you.  All you do is follow the link and print it out.

Next, you will need to cover the graphic completely with Mod Podge (who doesn't love this stuff?) and lay it flat, face down where you want the graphic to go.  Make sure you smooth it out so there are no bubbles.  Now you get to wait for the graphic to dry.  I waited a couple hours just to be safe. When you feel like you've waited long enough, dip your finger in water and start to rub away the paper.  I learned the hard way that this needs to be done very gently or you'll lose some of the graphic.  I wanted mine to look old and worn so it actually worked out.  Just be careful!  Psst... If you're thinking to yourself, "Wow, she has baby hands" you'd be right.  Those are actually Lucy fingers.  She wanted to help :)

When you get the paper wet enough and rub, it should start to look like this.  I would rub away some and then wait for the paper to dry for a while and then come back to it and rub again.

When the rubbing was done, I put some Mod Podge over the top of it to seal it.  I think it makes a fun centerpiece for my little table.  Happy crafting!

Easy Coasters

 I really wanted my own coasters but couldn't find any that I liked.  I have little pops of turquoise (my favorite color!) in my living room and I wanted the coasters to fit my decor.  After a while I gave up looking for coasters in the store and decided I wanted to do it myself.  That's more fun anyway.  I made these coasters and it was EXTREMELY easy. 

 You will need...

1. Tiles
2. Mod Podge
3. Scrapbook paper

I found these tiles at the Dollar Store.  I like them because they already have a cork back on them.  I go to Hobby Lobby for my Scrapbook paper.  They have a big selection and each sheet is less than a dollar.  I decided to do 4 coasters and I had a lot of paper left over.  I grabbed two different sheets because I wanted to have two different patterns.

First, place the tiles on your scrapbook paper and trace around them and cut out your squares.  Get out your Mod Podge and a brush and cover the entire surface of the tile.  Lay the scrapbook paper on the tile and smooth it out so there are no bubbles.  When it is dry, cover the entire surface of the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge.  This will protect the paper from rings and water damage.  Give your coasters two more coats of Mod Podge and you're done!  You now have your own personal coasters! Easy peasy.