At my full time job, I focus my time on staff development and training. I was gathering a group of our staff together and wanted to give them something that was meaningful yet practical. Considering I had a $0.00 budget, I knew I had to get crafty. In preparation for the meeting I asked each participant to share their biggest accomplish so far with their time with MDA (the Muscular Dystrophy Association). I took those accomplishments to hand select a quote for each of them. I presented their tile to them and shared their story at the beginning of the meeting. It was really special and they loved it! Here is the how to:
First I created 4x4 black and white images in publisher, placing the verbiage in the center of the tile as you can see above.
Then I printed them out on white card stock paper and cut them to the edge using a paper cutter.
Next I glued them on with mod podge and a paint brush.
I really loaded it up to create a nice thick protective layer to withstand condensation from a chilled beverage.
Here is the semi finished tile. You can see how nicely they dried.
To finish them off and to prevent scratches on a tabletop, I placed 4 of these felt pads on the back of each coaster.
This was a great (and inexpensive) recognition project for our team members. It can easily be done with Christmas Carol lyrics for the holidays, scrap book paper, in color, different fonts - you name it!