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Tutorial: Sharpie Tile Coasters

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.I've had a stack of plain white tiles in the garage since we did some bathroom work over a year ago. I knew they would eventually be perfect for some sort of craft. The obvious project, of course, is coasters.

These coasters incorporate two materials that you probably have in your house right now - Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol. A set of four coasters are easy (and inexpensive) to create and would be a thoughtful housewarming, hostess or holiday gift.

With a little guidance, this is a project that even the kids could help with.



A word of warning before you begin. This project does not smell great while you are working, so make sure you are in a well ventilated area. Also, protect your work surfaces.

Make sure the tile surface is clean and dry.

Choose four Sharpie colors. (Pro tip: The metallics don't work well for this project.)
Take your first color and draw 4-6, randomly placed circles that are between the size of a dime and nickel.

Completely color in the circles.

Neatness doesn't count ;)
Choose your next color and scribble "lion manes" around each circle. It's fine if the colors mix a bit.
With the next color, draw lion manes around your lion manes.
With the last color, fill in any remaining white space.

Let your coloring dry for a few minutes.
Dip a fan brush into rubbing alcohol. Lightly tap the brush against your finger so the alcohol gets sprinkled across the tile.

Don't add too much alcohol at first. You'll be surprised how quickly the colors start to blend and blur.
Sprinkles of rubbing alcohol blurs a Sharpie marker design and gives the effect of watercolors. Gradually tap a little more alcohol across the tile until your design looks just right.

If you go overboard and your design becomes too white or you just don't like the color combination, you can remove all of the ink with an alcohol covered cotton ball. Make sure to wash and dry the tile before you start coloring again.
After the alcohol drops are completely dry, seal in the colors with clear spray paint. Start with a very light coating sprayed at least 18 inches from the tile. If you spray too close to the tile or use too much for the first coat, your colors will blur even more.

After the initial coat is dry, add 2-3 more coats of clear paint according to the package directions.

After the clear coat is completely dry, affix the cork to the back of your tile with E6000 according to the package directions.
When the glue is dry, your coaster is ready for use.
Don't be afraid to experiment with your colors. As I mentioned before, if you hate the color combo, you can always remove the ink with rubbing alcohol and start over.

Create colorful coasters with Sharpie markers, rubbing alcohol and plain white tiles.

Which color is your favorite?

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Fairy Houses - Clay Pottery

I have a vision of creating a fairy village in our backyard. I already have the perfect parcel of land in mind. But, before I start clearing the land, I need a few fairy houses for the neighborhood's residents. There are plenty of pre-made fairy houses available. Some can be quite expensive and they just don't have that handmade charm that I think is important for a project like this.

I set off to create a few little homes for my magical residents. My goal is to make each home as unique as it's future resident. I also want to add a little extra fairy magic and make the village light up at night. I'm no electrician, but I have a couple easy ideas in mind.

My first house is made from a clay pot. I have bunches of these in the garage, so I gave one a new life as a charming cottage for my future residents. This is a fun project that even the kids may enjoy.


  • 10-15 clear flattened glass marbles
  • glow in the dark paint
  • small clay pot
  • wide rubberband
  • pre-mixed grout
  • spoon or large popsicle stick
  • crushed shells, pebbles or sand
  • fairy wish door charm by Darice
  • silicon adhesive
  • tiny shells


You'll be starting with the windows. I used 10 flattened glass marbles. You can typically find these in the floral department of your local craft store.

Apply a drop of glow in the dark paint to the flat side of each gem. Let the paint dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Once the paint on the windows is dry, it's time to create the rest of the house.

Wash and dry your clay pot. Wrap a wide rubber band about an 1 - 1 1/2 inches above the rim of the pot. This is where you want the bottom edge of the grout to be.

Pour your crushed shells, pebbles or sand into a shallow dish.

My pot had a bit of an indentation where the roof is going to be so I decided to fill it. I placed a bit of the pre-mixed grout onto the roof.

Then I smoothed it out with a popsicle stick.

Next, I turned the pot over and pressed it into the dish of crushed shells.

When I turned the pot back over, there was a nice layer of crushed shells covering the roof.

The next part is a little messy so you may want to work outside or protect your work surface.

Apply the grout, about 1/4 inch thick, around the outside of the pot from the roof down to the rubber band.

Now it's time to add the windows around the house. Press the flat side of the gems into the grout.

Once all of the windows are placed, gently roll the house in the dish of crushed shells.

You may need to use a spoon or your hands to fill in areas where the crushed shells don't stick.

Press the shells into the grout.

Carefully remove the rubber band.

Let the grout dry overnight.

Once the grout is dry, you can add some finishing details to the house.

One of my favorite features of this cottage is the tiny door. It's actually a necklace charm by Darice. I found it in the beading and jewelry section of my local Joann's. The door actually opens up. How cool is that?

Attach the door to the cottage with silicon adhesive.

Use silicon adhesive to attach some tiny shells around the door.

Finally, use silicon adhesive to decorate other parts of the house with shells.

I attached a ring of shells around the roof and one around the house at the same level as the door.

Once the glue is dry, your fairy house is ready to go out to the garden and wait for some magical residents to move in.

For now, my shell cottage will be inside while I finish up the other dwellings for my fairy village.

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Tie Dye July - Found Objects

I have been practicing different dyeing techniques all month in search of the perfect method for dyeing a summer maxi skirt I created. I ended up using marbles and rubber bands to create a nifty, geometric pattern that kind of looked like bubbles.

After dyeing the skirt, I started thinking about what other objects could be used for dyeing in the same way. I decided to try a sample piece with a few objects that we have around the house - rocks, small plastic word tiles, poker chips, dominoes, jacks, and monkeys from a barrel of monkeys.

The results were not quite what I expected, but kind of interesting.

When I used marbles to dye my "Don't Lose Your Marbles" skirt, I put the marbles on the wrong side of the fabric, draped a small section of material over each one, secured the fabric with rubber bands and applied the dye. It yielded lovely circles.

I used the same process with my found objects and produced more random outlines where the rubber bands were secured. Then I flipped the fabric over to discover that the wrong side of the fabric actually had a more intricate design than the right side. Here's a close-up look at the wrong side patterns made by the different objects.

The monkeys didn't work great, but I thought all of the other objects were project-worthy. Some other objects that may be worth experimenting with - Scrabble tiles, Legos, shells, checkers, wine corks, buttons, bobbins, thread spools, small tiles... The possibilities are limitless.

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Tile Coasters - Guest Blogger Teena Stewart

I'd like to thank my guest blogger, Teena Stewart from, for contributing today's tutorial.
Teena manages two handmade businesses. Serendipitini features handmade gifts such as wine bottle candles, sun catchers, jewelry and artwork incorporating recycling and creative reuse. Serendipitni Pet is dedicated to products for pet lovers including tile pet silhouette coasters, pet silhouette necklaces and pet silhouette prints.
Today Teena will show you how to make your own pet silhouette coaster.

Make You Own Coasters Tutorial by Teena Stewart

If you have ever had left over tiles from refurbishing a bathroom or kitchen and wondered what to do with them, this is a great opportunity for creative reuse. For this project you will need ceramic tile with non-glossy finish. Avoid natural stone tile that has no finish as you will have difficulty removing any botched images and these types of tiles tend to absorb ink more.
I hand stamp my coasters and make my own stamps.   I you wish to make your own stamps the Martronics Corporation is a good source. They sell a variety of things including stamp making supplies, stencil making and etching equipment. 
Ready made stamps can be found at most crafts store. For this project you will need:
  • A stamp pad with permanent ink. I use StazOn timber brown ink.
  • Matt or satin finish tiles smooth or semi-rough tiles.  I use 4" x 4" size from Lowes Home Improvement.
  • Rubbing alcohol, cotton balls and swabs
  • A stamp dauber and a small flat end paint brush
  • Stick on bumpers (four for each tile) (Found at hardware stores)
  • Clear acrylic spray (optional)

Clean and dry your tiles. Ink your stamp pad then tamp the stamp on the pad. Make sure the stamp is fully covered with ink. Center your stamp over the tile and press firmly. Wait a minute for that to dry. Take your dauber and daub ink in any blank places large enough for your dauber to fit in. Wait a minute for this to dry. For fine details you can use a small brush dipped in the ink. The ink is permanent and is also heat and cold resistant.
If you mess up, use a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol and, if necessary, remove the image. Wait for this to dry, then start over. You can use a Brillo pad if it is stubborn. The ink is permanent when it dries, but if you want to be extra sure of permanency, spraying with the acrylic spray will make it nearly impossible to take the ink off. Keep the spray a good distance from your stamped coasters and spray lightly. If you hold it too close the ink will blur and run. Once this is dry, add bumper feet to each coaster.

I sell my coasters in sets of four for $16.50. They are available in a variety of designs at
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