DIY Marble Coasters

Growing up, my mom had a lot of rules about what you could and couldn’t put on wood surfaces. As a child, I didn’t really understand why these were necessary, but when I became an adult with my own furniture that I worked hard to buy, I was glad my mother instilled in me how to take care of these surfaces. As a result, I always have a supply of coasters on hand for family and guests (and me) to use.

Recently, the set of cork coasters my mother gifted me several years ago when I moved into my condo, started to look worn. As the time to discard of those grew nearer, I decided to make my next set of coasters.

Having been looking at flooring a lot online recently for my kitchen, I decided to order a sheet of Carrara white marble 4inch hexagonal tiles to make the coasters. The sheet included 12 tiles and cost about $15 (shipping was free). I’ve always seen marble coasters in home stores and thought they were beautiful, but too expensive. So I was super excited to test out my coaster version of a “look for less.” Not only was this project budget-friendly, it was also quick, once I had all of the supplies.


  • 12. 4-inch polished hexagonal marble tiles
  • 72 1/2-inch diameter adhesive felt pads

Feel free to make more or less than 12 coasters depending on your needs. Also, feel free to substitute the hexagonal shape tiles with round or square ones. I used 6 adhesive felt pads per tile. When I moved to my new home, my dad gave me a pack of hundreds of adhesive felt pads of varying sizes. No surprise, the leftover pads from the move ended up in my craft room. However, adhesive felt pads can be found in a number of stores for relatively cheap like Home Depot, Target, or even a Dollar Store.

Step 1

Carefully peel each tile off the netted backing that binds them together.

Step 2

Flip over each polished tile to the bottom (the side that was adhered to the netting) and apply a felt pad to each corner. Feel free to add additional pads if you see fit.

Step 3

Repeat for each additional tile you have and enjoy!

DIY Wedding Countdown

After seeing a “Days until” wood and chalk board sign at Michaels Craft Store this past weekend, I got on an “I-need-to-make-a-wedding-countdown” kick. At first, I looked to buy one, but my handwriting is not good enough to actually write the numbers out in chalk and I just didn’t understand the ones with the blocks (doesn’t a cube only have 6 sides?) My final concern was convertibility. I love the idea of having this for my wedding, but it would be great to reuse for birthdays, vacations and other special occasions as well.


  • A pack of at least 20 gift tags – I chose mint
  • Number stickers – I chose white (you will need at least two sets of 0-9)
  • Special occasion stickers – I purchased wedding-themed ones
  • Photo frame (glass removed) – I found this 5in x 7in one at a local dollar store out of all places! It was complete coincidence how perfectly it matched the gift tags.
  • At least 2 hooks with screw backs – I chose straight gold ones but there are also silver and curved options below.
  • Masking tape or another easily-removable tape
  • Pen or pencil

All of the items I purchased for this project were on clearance (mint gift tags from Michaels), on sale (40% + an extra 20% off stickers from Michaels), or regularly under $2 (frame and hardware from a dollar store). Making the grand total for this project less than $10!

Step 1

Number hangtags from 0 to 9, with one number centered on each tag and making sure that the punched hole is above each number. Repeat until you have two sets of tags labeled from 0 to 9. If you are intending to count down more than 99 days, feel free to create a third set.

Step 2

Disassemble your frame. I flipped over the image my frame came with to reveal a clean white page to use as a background for my hangtags. I laid out two hangtags and marked where I wanted each to hang in the frame (aka where I would later insert the screws) with a pen. Please note, you will need to leave extra space above the hangtags for your occasion stickers.

Step 3

Next, I removed the hangtags and lined up the white sheet with the inside of the thick cardboard backing of the frame. Then I delicately taped the corners of the white sheet and backing together with (my favorite) chevron masking tape. The purpose of this is to make sure the two don’t become misaligned and the white sheet does not tear when you twist the screws through.

Step 4

I will admit, this took a little more effort than I thought, and I would have probably been better off making a tiny drill hole with a power tool, but nevertheless, I twisted each gold hook into the white paper and cardboard where I had previously marked. The screw portion of my hook just pierced the back of the frame (but not enough to cause any sharp edges). The screw portion of the hooks I purchased is about a half inch in length.

Step 5

Put the frame back together. I chose to keep the “mat” that came with the frame, as it was white on white, but feel free to discard if you like or don’t worry if yours did not come with one.

Step 6

Hang up your letters. Use the occasion stickers to “title” your countdown.

And voila! Let the countdown begin!

Feel free to replace “Wedding” sticker with “Vacation,” “Summer,” “My Birthday,” or any other occasion you can’t wait for!

Easy Lettered Frame

Recently my sister adopted her first pet, a rescue puppy. While I bought (and made) all sorts of toys and goodies for the puppy, I wanted to give my sister a “Congratulations” gift as well. So I lettered a picture frame and inserted a photo of her new furry baby.

When my fiancĂ© and I adopted a rescue lab last year, I made him a similar frame with her name, “Sandy,” spelled out. Especially since puppies grow so fast, it is fun to remember their first weeks with the family via a photo in a living room or on a desk.

The lettered frame is super easy to put together and the supplies I purchased to make it would have cost me less than $10 even if I had paid full price.

To make your own, follow the instructions below!


  • Picture frame with a flat front
  • Wooden letters (I chose 3/4 in tall)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tweezers
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape

Step 1

Find the letters you need! Because Daisy’s name is so short, I had plenty letters left over to make her another frame or to use on future craft projects.

Step 2 (optional)

Originally, I was going to paint the wooden letters black. But after laying everything out, I decided to apply them to the frame unfinished instead. Depending on the color of your frame and its recipient, feel free to decorate the letters however you like!

Step 3

Layout the letters along the bottom, center of the frame. Use a removable masking or painter’s tape to mark off where you want your letters to start and end. This way, when you pick up the letters to add glue, you still have a guide for spacing them.

Step 4

Pick up each letter individually and flip it backwards. Hold each letter so that you have a good grip on it but don’t risk burning yourself with the glue gun. Apply three or so small dots of glue to the back of each letter. Make sure that the dots are small enough that when pressed in they do not exceed the width of the letter, as you don’t want globs of glue showing on your final project.

Step 5

Quickly (before the glue hardens), but carefully, flip the letter, align it and press down so that the glue adheres the letter securely to the frame.

Step 6

Repeat for all letters. If you don’t press down fast enough, wait until the glue drys, peel it off and start Steps 4-5 again.

Step 7

Use tweezers to remove any glue “cobwebs.”

Step 8

Fill the frame with a photo and enjoy!

DIY Housewarming Basket

My best friend, Danielle, recently moved out of her parents home and into her own townhouse. While I knew Danielle had stocked up on kitchen supplies and the like prior to moving in, I was unsure of anything she really needed. Therefore, instead of buying her one big housewarming gift, I decided to put together a basket of smaller home essentials. Many items of which would still be nice and useful even if she already had one.

Here’s the breakdown of the basket:

1. Decorative “Basket”

Instead of getting a traditional basket or storage container (which would be another great idea), I chose a decorative wire basket from And That!. The rose gold basket is a great item she could display on her coffee table and use to minimize clutter on it. I paid $4.99 for mine. Here is a small storage option from Target, that would also make a great base for a housewarming gift and could then be reused by the homeowner in a closet, bathroom, etc.

2. Kitchen Towels

Something I learned quickly as a new homeowner is that you can never have too many towels! I found these nice gray striped towels at Home Goods. The color is neutral, so she can use in pretty much any setting. Luckily, she had a gray-themed kitchen as well. Similar ones are available at William-Sonoma.

3. Candle

Since my friend is a teacher, I thought a “Snow Day” scented candle would be a cute and humorous choice. The scent was also light, which would appeal to a wide range of tastes. I found this item at TJMaxx.

4. Aromatherapy Hand Soap

Coming home after a long day is such a nice feeling. Like many, the first thing I do when I walk in the door is wash my hands. Therefore, I found a Stress-Relief Hand Soap at Bath and Body Works as a first step to relaxing after a long day. The dispenser would be perfect for any kitchen or bathroom setting.

5. Aloe Plant

Personally, I think it is so important to have house plants. And often, a plant is a common housewarming gift. Aloe has many uses, so I thought I would get Danielle one. It was a little difficult to track down one in winter, but I ended up getting the very last one that Home Depot had.

6. Quote Sign

I saw this little sign at Michaels Craft Store and just had to get it! The sign reads “HOME is the nicest word there is.” I thought it was perfect for a new homeowner or really any homeowner for that matter! Such a sign would also be super easy to make if there is a specific quote or words of wisdom you’d like to share (just print it out and frame).

7. A Mini Champagne Bottle

Moving or buying a home is a big undertaking and a big accomplishment. It is definitely worth celebrating. I personally am not a big alcohol drinker and my friend lives alone, so I got a mini Barefoot Pink Moscato Champagne bottle. A similar option should be available at a local wine or liquor store.

As a housewarming gift-getter or gift-giver, what would you add to my housewarming basket? I’d love to hear in the comments below.