I started my first crafting experience last night (very exciting!!). I purchased a giant bottle of Mod Podge on Amazon about a month ago and I was bursting at the seams to crack that baby open. So last night I rolled up my sleeves and started to work on a decoupage project I've been contemplating.
The Project: Ski map drink coasters.
Materials: Ski maps, mountain logos, cardboard, coffee, mod podge, sponge brush, and scissors.
I wanted a vintage feel so I placed the newly printed maps and logos in a giant vat of hot coffee for about 10 minutes. The coffee gave the items a "worn-in" sorta look. Then I took the damp maps and folded them around the coasters (I made the coasters from cutting circles out of a cardboard box). After I was content with the shape and folds, I put a nice thick coating of Mod Podge on to keep everything in place. NOTE: Mod Podge takes about 15 min for each coating to dry (I used a hair dryer to expedite the process). After the first layer was dry I decoupaged the logos onto one side of the coaster and applied another coat of Mod Podge.
It took me about 3 hours to craft six coasters (its more time consuming than it sounds!) and then I headed to bed in anticipation of seeing them completely dry in the morning. Upon morning inspection, I was quite satisfied with my first attempt at crafting somethin' outta nothin'.
When I get home from work today I'll add a few more coats of Mod Podge to smooth everything out and give the coasters more stability. I can't wait to post the final result! I'll try to upload some photos tomorrow.